20 Questions Book Tag!

20 Q Book Tag

I’m still catching up on those millions of tags I got when I was on hiatus, so since I’m not quite back into the swing of things (I completely missed a post last week??) I’m going to give you a nice, quick, 20 Questions book tag (thanks to Jen, I’m fairly sure, for the tag)

So, uh, let’s go.

20 Questions Book Tag

  1. How many books are too many in a series?

Personally, once a series has gone over seven books, I’m unlikely to continue reading. Four books is my sweet spot, but I can do a little longer if I really like the characters/plot, but over seven I just get fed up.

  1. How do you feel about cliffhanger endings?

Not a fan really. I like each book to be able to stand on it’s own. Besides, who likes waiting a whole year for another book when the last book ended on a cliffhanger?

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Lest We Forget: Some Books To Read On Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Last year, I drafted a post of Remembrance Day book reviews, but never published it, for some reason that escapes me now. However, since today is the centenary of the end of WW1, I thought I might dig it out, dust it off and publish it today.

Not all of these books deal with the First World War, but they all deal with war in one form or another, and they are all well-written, engaging and heartbreaking, whether they are about WW1 or WW2.

So, here’s my original post! Enjoy 😀

young diggerYoung Digger–Anthony Hill

I just finished reading this book today and it was amazing. I think it broke my heart in several places. Here’s the official back cover blurb: Continue reading

5 Ways To Create Valuable Christian Fiction

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Last week I published a post on why I write Christian fiction, and it was very well received. A lot of people agreed with me on why we should be writing Christian fiction and it was really enjoyable to discuss finer points with readers who didn’t agree with everything I said. However, I’ve not quite finished the series I started with that post. I still have three(ish) posts left to do, including this one.

I’m going to be away next Saturday, so I’ll have a scheduled post for you guys, which may or may not end up being the next in this series. However, today I’m going to share five things that have helped me in my quest to write Christian fiction (and over the coming weeks I’ll be talking about what I believe is wrong in the current Christian fiction market and the pros and cons of Christians writing secular fiction over Christian fiction).

So what makes fiction valuable?

In my opinion, there’s a lot of things. First of all, it should be entertaining, it should teach you something–whether you realise it or not–it should encourage you, inspire you and bring you closer to God and His word–again, whether you realise it or not.

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Why I Write Christian Fiction

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My blog usually has a pretty light-hearted atmosphere because, for the most part, I’m a light-hearted person, but I wanted to write a more serious blog post today.

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve never really talked about what sort of fiction I write, or, more importantly, why I write it. So I’m going to remedy that today and talk about what I write and give my “writing testimony”, if you will.

Here we go!

 

My “testimony” is very similar to that of a hundred other young (and old) authors. As a kid, I got tired of the fact that my mum had to read absolutely everything I wanted to read before I was allowed to. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t just pick things up and enjoy them. Why did everything–even books meant for ten years olds–have to be so full of…awful stuff? My mum will tell you that by the age of eight or so, I’d exhausted the local library’s supply of appropriate books and I was still desperately hankering for more.

The obvious answer? Books from the Christian bookstore. Continue reading