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fiction

Of courtship, novel-writing, and ghosts

It’s funny, this novel-writing business.  For me, a story always starts with characters, not with issues or an agenda, but the characters’ issues become the story’s issues in a messy, organic process that takes months.  I’m often still figuring out my opinions about things as I do my research and as I do the actual writing.  The writing shapes me…

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Goodreads and RomCon and LifeWay, oh my!

I’m home from California.  My mom’s memorial service was beautiful, and I enjoyed catching up with the friends and relatives who came to honor her memory.  There’s nothing quite like the warmth and caring of a small town.  I wish I could have stayed longer. Now I’m back to work, and I have some good stuff to share.  First, I…

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K. Dawn Byrd and Mistaken Identity

Prolific novelist K. Dawn Byrd joins us today for a short, fun interview about her latest release, a young adult novel.  Alas, I’m not a young adult anymore, but some of my all-time favorite reads are YA novels. Let’s not be snooty, now.  Come on, admit it:  Young adult novels can contain deep themes (To Kill a Mockingbird) and unforgettable…

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The V.S. Naipaul flap

Has anybody been following the latest V.S. Naipaul flap?  He’s a famous novelist.  A Nobel laureate.  He must be a pretty smart guy.  Except, in an interview at the Royal Geographic Society in London, he started picking on Jane Austen and female writers in general.  He accused Austen of sentimentality, and he claimed that women’s writing is inferior because a…

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Reviews and radio, oh my!

If I seem to have multiple personalities as a blogger, it’s because . . . well, I just do. I’m torn between assorted obsessions. I would like to blog about the latest firestorm on the theology blogs, the next romance novel I intend to read, Hopewell’s review of Frank Schaeffer’s latest nonfiction, and the latest beautiful mishmash of faith and…

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TBR list, etc.

My everlasting To Be Read list has grown again, as it is wont to do.  I’ve ordered Linda Clare’s The Fence My Father Built, and I’ve pre-ordered J. Mark Bertrand’s Pattern of Wounds, which won’t show up on my doorstep until it releases in July. I also have a small stack of books from the library and a pile of…

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Buechner on faith and fiction

“In fiction, as in faith, something from outside ourselves is breathed into us if we’re lucky and if we’re open enough to inhale it.  I think writers of religious fiction have to stay open in that way.  They’ve got to play their hunches more and take risks more.  They shouldn’t try to keep too tight a rein on what they’re…

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We have our winners

We have the results of the drawing for the bunch o’ books from WaterBrook Multnomah. Wendy Marple wins Anna Finch and the Hired Gun by Kathleen Y’Barbo Jan Marie Newby wins Deadly Ties by Vickie Hinze Jennifer Tipton wins Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann Jennifer Middleswarth wins Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman Courtney Melone wins Lady in Waiting by Susan…

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The Christian Manifesto

The Christian Manifesto is holding a drawing for free copies of When Sparrows Fall and asked me to mention it, which I’m happy to do.  The blog posted a couple of nice reviews a few weeks ago, too. I’m always pleased when the important issues of the novel come up in a review, even when the reviewers don’t agree with…

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