Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Interview with Rebekah Jones

Hello, I am proud to present an interview with this months author: Rebekah Jones!

Hello Rebekah and welcome to Future Homeschool Authors!

Thank you!

First could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

The most important thing about me is that I am a Bible believing, born again Christian. Things that come second? Hmm…

I am 24 years old, and the eldest of several siblings.

I love to write and I write in just about every form. I write novels and short stories, but also poetry, songs, essays, articles, book reviews, journal entries (I think I’m close to filling 20 journals now!), and random blog posts, e-mails, letters, and social media statuses. :D

I also love music, including singing and playing the piano. I often sing while writing even – sometimes making up new words to songs (like One Day More from Les Miserables) that put into rhyme whatever I’m trying to figure out with my characters. Heehee

Other things I enjoy are reading, drawing, holding babies, cleaning house, visiting with family and friends, and studying, amongst other things.

Whats your favorite book? 

Oh dear. My favorite book. I don’t know if I really could pick just one. I love Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby and A Tale of Two Cities, but then there’s Chautona Havig’s Aggie’s Inheritance Series. Then, what about Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park or Sense and Sensibility? Or, let’s not forget about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories! :D

Who's your favorite Author?

Technically, I could probably give you a list of ten authors, all who rank among my “favorites”, but I already got long-winded about my favorite books. :D If it came down to picking a top favorite, I’d say Charles Dickens right now. I do so enjoy his writing style, the complexity of his characters, and his intricate story-lines!

If you could meet one person who would it be? 

I’m pretty sure I would meet Chautona Havig. Not only is she one of my favorite authors, but she’s been a mentor to me in my writing journey for the past few years. If it weren’t for her, I’m not sure I would be a published author today. Certainly, I wouldn’t have four books out!

Can you tell us anything about the book your working on right now?

Oooh. I love talking about my works-in-progress. :D Right now, I’m working on drafting out a Christmas mystery titled 24 Days Before Christmas. Set in the small town of Poinsettia, the Singh and Winter families find themselves living in the same house for the holiday season. As they prepare to make the month of December a time of celebration, trouble starts to rise when Leland Bell, their near neighbor, disappears. No one knows what happened to him, but as the investigation moves forward, it seems certain that Leland is probably dead, but when the two families find themselves pulled into the investigation, they start uncovering a more complicated mystery, than first meets the eye.

I’m still working on this one. Honestly, it could change something on me at any time. For instance, I thought that I knew who was guilty of what crime. Now, I have no clue. Possibly part of a clue… but that’s it.  I have an idea how the book is going to end, but I don’t really know at this point, so just about anything could happen.

What was the best part of writing Grandmother’s Letters?

Seeing everything come together in the end. I can’t tell you how excited I became when I realized just how I would be able to tie everything together! It was thrilling! I probably walked on clouds for a week!

How did you begin writing? 

I’ve been telling stories since I could draw pictures. I would pretend to “write”, which pretty much consisted of squiggles, and draw pictures to illustrate. When I could write, I started out with simple little stories for my little sister. I particularly recall a story about Joseph, a young boy who planted a tree in the desert, that I wrote for Bethany when I was about seven. I kept that story for many years. I just wish I could find it now.

What inspired you to begin writing? 

Oooh, lots of things. But, if I could only pick two, I would probably say books by Isabella Alden and the old TV show Murder She Wrote. :)

What is your favorite genre? 

Favorite genre… To read or to write? Reading wise, I like just about any genre, really. I’m not into Horror very much, but that’s about it. I do love a good Mystery though! If I had to choose just one genre, I’d probably choose that… Or History.

Writing, I’m not sure. I don’t usually choose my genre before I begin writing. The book tends to shape itself as I go.

Do you do any research for you books? If you do what are your main sources? 

Biblical research, I usually just use my Bible or the internet. I probably do more Bible verse research than anything else.

Other research, such as the meanings of names, the history of a time period, or the sleep cycle of bees, I prefer real books, but the internet is always my backup. If I do internet research, I usually double-check multiple sources.

My other version of research includes asking questions from people who know. Really though, my research varies, depending on the topic.

For example, if I want to know how women in the Southwest wore their hair in the late 1980’s, I’ll probably ask my Mum, my grandmother, and several other ladies, in addition to looking up pictures on the internet or looking at films from the era. On the other hand, if I wanted to know how women wore their hair in the Southwest in the 1880’s, I’d probably looks for some books from the library about the fashion of the era, as well as looking to see what the internet has to say. :)

What do you like most about writing? 

Oh dear. I love almost every part! My sister, however, says it’s the beginning. Apparently that’s when I act the most excited. I do love the drafting process. Editing can be grueling, but I still enjoy it. Drafting really is probably the best part. I love getting to know my characters, learning what their lives are like, and what their stories will be!

Any final thoughts? 

Not that I can think of. Thank you for interviewing me! :)

Thank you so much for all your time! 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Contest

What a joyous time December is! We would like to make this holiday season even more joyous by giving away an ebook copy of "A Year With The Potters" by Rebekkah Jones to the first place winner of our December contest. Second and third place will be posted on the blog!
For this contest please choose a classic winter/Christmas/holiday story and rewrite it with a unexpected, but well written twist at the end. Please make your story about 400-1000 words long. Enjoy this season of fellowship and have fun writing! The contest ends on the 24th and the results will be published on the 31st of December.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Hey everyone. 
You have noticed lately how posts will show up then you'll go to look at them and they won't be there and posts going up late. I'm sorry. 
Its all my fault, I've been wrapped up in a lot of my own stuff and I have neglected the blog. 
So, this post is actually not to tell you that I've been lacks its to tell you that there will not be any contest this month. And I'm sorry because last months one was canceled to but this one isn't going on because unfortunately John J. Horn's books are out of print and they don't come in e-book format. 
Sorry about this! 

Hebrews Book Review

Future Homeschool Authors readers, I am sorry that this was not posted last month, but I am posting it now anyways! So without further ado, I will be posting about another book I REALLY enjoyed reading; Hebbros.
A little about the book:
"In a realm that feasts on wickedness, and a city that thirsts for power, the faithfulness of a few will be tested. 

When members of his faith are exiled from the city of Hebbros, Luke vows to resist the forces that tore his family apart. Armed with a divine gift and the aid of friends, he undertakes to right a world of wrongs. Opposed on all sides by evil men determined to silence the Faithful and outlaw their powerful God, Luke’s small band will be tried and tested as they battle for truth, freedom, and the overthrow of rampant evil in their city. 

Three years after Elaina’s world was turned upside-down, the former nobleman’s daughter still tastes the sting of bitterness. When an act of betrayal sends her north into slavery, Elaina finds herself face-to-face with the truth she has long resisted and a choice that will change her forever. 

Brought together in a desperate attempt to pluck a remnant from destruction, Luke, Elaina, and a host of unforgettable characters will discover the greatness of the power of God, and the startling truth that some things are not what they seem."

What I enjoyed:
God was the center of the book and each character throughout Hebbros. He was entertained in every detail and salvation was explained numerous times. But I did not feel like God was "overly" talked about. He was not a side topic that took away from the storyline, He WAS a part of the story. I really appreciated this about Nicole's writing and would love to read some of her other books in the future!

The characters were real. They weren't perfect, but they sought God in a kingdom where God was outlawed. They knew that even in Exile they would be paving the way to Freedom!

I really enjoyed the fact that Nicole was able to create a wonderful fantasy world without using magic  and although some encouraging deep friendships are made that lead to marriage there is no inappropriate romance.

   Nicole is a master at creating emotionally gripping scenes. I could feel the characters emotions and couldn't put the book down during certain scenes of emotional unrest! Hebbros was about faithfulness, the Faithful, betrayal, exile, cruelty, love and freedom.

The ending was perfect too.... but you will have to read it to know how Hebbros ends... :)

What I didn't like as much:
Ummmm... There was really nothing I didn't like!

Who I'd recommend this book to:
I'd recommend this book to Teens mostly, but families, children and even adults could benefit! It is 536 pages so younger readers might find it a bit challenging, but the topics covered are inspirational for all! I am 14 and I enjoyed it immensely!
A bit about the Author:

"I am a homeschool graduate and an avid reader who enjoys writing Inspirational Fantasy set in a medieval-like era."

"In writing each book, I pray that it will bring honor and glory to God, and that He will use it as a tool to bring at least one person to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ."

Visit her on her FacebookGoodreads, or check out some of her other books!

You can also see this review on Amazon and Goodreads. :)

Interview with John J. Horn

Hello I am very proud to present an interview with John J. Horn!

John J. Horn

Hello and welcome to Future Homeschool Authors!

Thanks! I’m very glad to be here.

First could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

My name is John J. Horn and I’m a young Christian fellow passionate about telling excellently-crafted stories that glorify God and delight readers. I was born and partly raised in New Jersey and now live in sunny San Antonio, Texas. I have two married siblings and a super-fun nephew and niece with more on the way.

What’s your favorite book? 

I wonder if anyone has exactly one favorite book. Precluding the Bible, top favorites for me are The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne, The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, and The Leatherstocking Talesby James Fenimore Cooper.

Who's your favorite Author?

For fiction, I’ll say R.M. Ballantyne. For nonfiction, I’ll say David McCullough (with Stephen Ambrose as a close second).

If you could meet one person who would it be? 

That’s a very interesting question. I’ve never thought about that before. I try to be a realistic thinker, so I’ll limit my choices to someone still alive. I’ll say David McCullough. He has an absorbing writing style and has chosen a fascinating variety of historical subjects to write about (John Adams, the Johnstown Flood, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Americans in Paris to name a few).

Can you tell us anything about the book you're working on right now?

I wish I could. Sadly I’m not currently working on a book, as I’m devoting my energies to a nearly full-time job and a degree which I’m pursuing online. Hopefully I’ll be able to begin my next project in Summer 2015.

What was the best part of writing The Men of Grit series?

Getting to spend time with my characters. I don’t endorse letting your characters take your story wherever they want, as you’ll probably end up with a poorly structured story, but giving your characters the leeway to express themselves within defined parameters is a lot of fun.

How did you begin writing? 

Books are in my DNA. My whole family loves reading, and I actually can’t remember what it’s like to not be able to read. I think the actual impetus to my writing was a friend who began writing a mystery series. I became enamored with the idea of writing and began my own mystery series.

I never completed any books in that mystery series, but it was the first time I tried a long writing project. I didn’t complete my second novel-length project either. I did finish my third project, but it wasn’t good enough to be published. My fourth project was The Boy Colonel, which is the first book in my Men of Grit series.

What inspired you to begin writing? 

Reading. I wanted to emulate the authors I loved. Now, I want to delight readers, glorify God, and let others share in the stories in my brain.

What is your favorite genre?

Historical fiction.

Do you do any research for you books? If you do what are your main sources? 

I definitely research my books. The internet is my primary source, with select books as a secondary source.

What do you like most about writing? 

Finishing. Seriously. Writing can be incredibly hard and annoying, but finishing, whether it’s at the end of a profitable day of writing or at the very end of a project, brings an amazing sense of accomplishment. Other than finishing, my favorite part is probably the conversations I get to create between my characters.

Any final thoughts? 

I have plenty of thoughts, but I hope they’re not my final ones.

If you want to be an author, you need to discipline yourself. To finish a book you’re going to have to sit down at your computer many times when you’d rather do almost anything else in the world. If you do finish a book, you’ll have to fight to get it published. If you get published, you’ll have to begin the fight all over again. And you probably won’t make enough money to survive. But if writing is in you DNA, you’ll do it any way for the love of crafting good stories.

Thank you so much for all your time! 

Absolutely. Thanks for having me!


Monday, November 3, 2014


Due to a lot that didn't get done this month we're very sorry to say the contest has been cancled. 
I'm very sorry. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One year anniversary

Hello everyone, this is Mikayla. Wow, it has been one year since I started this blog with three other lovely girls. Since then two of the organal girls have left, one other has come and gone and now we have a team of three, myself, Ysa and Lisbeth.
To celebrate one year of Future Homeschool Authors we've brought back Nicole Sager, our organal hosted author.
Before I share the interveiw with her I'd like to just say thank you to all of ya'll, you're all amazing followers and writers! I look forward to another year with ya'll!

Note, this is the organal interview we did with her from a year ago.

Hello and welcome to Future Homeshool Authors! Thank you Nicole Sager for being our first interviewed author!
Thank you so much for having me - what an honor!

First could you tell us a bit about yourself? 
I'm a graduated homeschooler in my mid-20s, currently living in Texas. I'm the 2nd of 6 kids, and I love to read, tap-dance, and perform in our local community theatre with several of my siblings. I love (LOVE) coffee and hot tea. As a really random tidbit, I also love babysitting and have done so for the same family for 4 years now!

How did you begin writing? 
I always loved describing the things I saw around me, and with a truly active imagination a story was sure to be produced with my mental wanderings. I started with an interactive picture book about an ant, and then later wrote a short novel about a girl and her horse in dedication to a friend. Those stories will never greet the public's eye (in all of their simplistic and badly-written glory), nevertheless they were stepping stones that taught me early lessons in writing!

Why do you write non magical fantasy? 
Ha! This question always make laugh, because the answer is so very shameful :) I originally decided on fantasy because I didn't want to have to do research on accurate history/locations! I figured if I could make everything up on my own, writing would be so much easier. Boy, was I wrong. However, now that I know better, I do still enjoy the liberty that fantasy allows - I can make things up and it;s still ok.
As to the other half of the question, I write non-magical simply because I don't like magic and mysticism. I believe God is very clear in His Word about His opinion of witches/wizards, and His power is so much greater anyway. In short, I see it as a choice to have my characters rely on their own man-made strengths, or on the power of God (through prayer, faith, etc.). I prefer to strive for the latter.

What inspired you to write The Heart of Arcrea? 
I was coming to the close of another series (which I'm hoping to edit and publish) and was trying to feel around for ideas for my next book. I came across the name Druet and knew that I wanted this to be the name of my next hero. Then my brother came up with the name Arcrea for a game and told me I could use the idea if I wanted to. So I did! I started with a name and a kingdom, and prayed for the rest!

Do you do any research for you books? If you do what are your main sources? 
Yes! Though, as I said before, my hopes for a research-free hobby, I have done a lot of research for the medieval time period I've modeled my books after (What tools did blacksmiths use? What were some healing herbs? What were the habits of shepherds? Etc...) I usually do a google search and find articles, pictures, or entire websites devoted to the question at hand. You'd be surprised at how many people have asked the same questions as you!

What piece of advice would you give to writers of non magical fantasy? 
Keep your purpose focused on the Lord. Always pray through your writing and seek to serve Him through it. "Serving the Lord with all humility of mind" (Acts 20:19a) "Let God be magnified" through your work (Psalm 70:4b).
One other thought - No matter what genre you write, think of the story through each character's perspective (What would this person think, say, or do with this situation?). Learning this really helped me feel like my characters were more realistic!

Any final thoughts? 
I have so enjoyed the journey through writing that God has led me on, and I look forward to more! My abilities are currently being focused on writing, but not everyone has that desire or gift. Seek the Lord and His purpose for your life, and then let Him take you on an adventure greater than any book! Have fun within the talents and avenues God has given you to serve in.

Thank you so much for giving up some of your time to interview with us! We loved having you! 
Mikayla, thank you so much for letting me "stop by" to chat! May the Lord bless you and use you and your work for His glory!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October Contest

I can't believe it is October already and we are excitedly giving away, "Hebbros", by Nicole Sager!
For this contest I would like you all to write a short story about siblings. It can be about siblings in a far off land, siblings in the future, siblings of historical characters... Be creative! Have fun! Make sure  your story is between 400 and 800 words.

Please include the following sentences, phrases and words in your story: 

"It's a disaster..."

"I just want you to know..."

"Trust me...."

"Never ........ again."

This contest will end on the October 22nd, and the results will be posted on October 29th.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Contest Results

Hey everyone, sorry this is late, but the winner of Ransomed by Elizabeth Ender is...

Lois Newton!!!!! Congradulations, I will be contacting you soon!
Her entry:

The Cruel Queen

I shall waste no time with trivialities. I am Queen Resilia, you may address me as Your Highness, Your Majesty or Your Royal Highness. I have been queen for twenty moons, but for all my forty years, royal blood has flowed through my veins. I have the brown skin, dark hair and eyes, characteristic of my people, I therefore stand out from the people of my husband, King Udram, with their tan skin and almond shaped eyes. I wear the clothes of this country I rule, though. The robes, which wrap around the body and are tied with a richly embroidered sash, have long, wide sleeves. They are usually made with a stiff, simple material, but mine are made with silken cloth imported from my home state.

I have little time away from my duties as queen, but during those times I enjoy reading books on strategy, politics or of great people of the past. Besides that, I take walks with my Gesta, my tiger. I love those walks, especially if it is raining. Thunderstorms are beautiful, powerful things. They frighten most inhabitants of the world. Do they not realize that they benefit from the rain brought by the storm? People are sometimes so foolish. They fear things that are good for them. That I should shrink back from doing what was necessary is my greatest fear. I dislike being around the masses who do not think, but simply do as they feel. No patience, no intelligence.

My brother understands. He became king of my home country shortly after I married King Udram so he knows of the hardships of ruling. My time with him has become more important since I came to live in this foreign land. He understands the hard decisions one must make to keep a country safe.

Since the rising threat of the Southern Lands, being a wise queen has become quite essential. Every move must be carefully thought out, this is no time for mistakes. I will do whatever it take to protect our lands, even if some if my actions are criticized as cruel. I am intelligent, diplomatic and wise and I shall use all my skills to prepare for the coming conflict. Our culture, our advances, they must be preserved from these barbarians. We will prevail and history shall remember us, this is my greatest hope. I suppose I am unique in my desire to save my country, while disliking the people who populate it.

I could never understand the group that call themselves the "Believers." They trust in a God they cannot see and are bound to obey His commands. I can accomplish my plans better without Him. I would not know what to do if He were real.

"It is for the best."

"Do you? Do you really understand?"

"I shall build an empire that no one will dare stand against. We shall fear nothing!"

Queen Resilia would kill her own guards if she felt it was necessary.

She would make a false alliance to get an enemy to lower his guard.

If she had a free day, she would spend it studying about a great general.

Her favorite color is pale blue, because it reminds her of the sky during a thunderstorm.

Second place is....


Name: My characters Full name is Irene Arianwyn, Third of the Relinquished

Nickname: Irene is what my character is normally called because that is the only name she knows she has, at first. Later she also comes by the title of Smooth-Horn.

Age: Irene is only a few days old when we first hear about her, but most of the story takes place when she is about 17.

Physical Characteristics: Irene is of medium height and build, with extremely blue eyes, the thing that is really different about her is her almost white skin and most of all her silver hair.

Commendable Character Traits: Irene is truthful and discerning she has the ability to sense the intentions and feelings of others. She is alert to what is going on around her, and can be very caring and sensitive.

Flawed Character Traits: Irene is very free spirited which can mean she is disobedient at times, especially when younger. She is also dissatisfied with who she thinks she is, but she is not actually who she thinks she is, which could be the cause of her discontent. She is also persuasive, which she finds useful, but she uses it to do things she was told not to do.

At what stage is this characters story: The story is currently in the planning and story board stage. I haven’t actually written more than three paragraphs of the actual story, but I have lots of notes and ideas floating around.

Some of the things she would say: “Who am I then, please tell me?”
“You just don’t understand me, no one understands me, I don’t even understand myself.”
 “I will do as I am meant to; I will bring back the unicorns, I don’t know how, but that I shall do.”

Some of the things she would do: I pushed my way into the hedge, then used the branches to climb upwards until I stood on the wall. A guard walked past underneath, I heard his footsteps fade and I began to push myself into the bushes on the other side of the wall and climb down. I couldn’t fall, the branches interlocked underneath me, I had to push hard to get through, even going down, twigs scratched at my arms. 
I ran towards the bubbling stream and jumped down the bank onto the large flat rock. Pulling off my shoes I swung my feet into the water.
The grass swished against my legs, soft like winter sheets or rabbit hides. I bent down and broke the tops of the grass, the feathery tips brushed along my arm as I gathered more and more until I had a whole bundle of the sweet green stalks.

Important parts of her life: When Irene is first left ‘relinquished’ by her true parents and then found by Lord and Lady Du Cassis. Later her finding out who her true parents are would also be very important, and in so doing deciding to fulfil her purpose as one of the ‘relinquished’.

What makes her unique: As before mentioned Irene has silver/white hair and very pale skin, whereas most people in the area she lives in have skin on the swarthy side.

Is she clumsy, graceful or in-between: Irene certainly fit in to the graceful category. She has a certain air of nobility about her.

What your character is passionate about: When she finds out who she is, she becomes passionate about the unicorns; she has a passion to help a treaty be drawn up that would mean the unicorns can return.

Why she is so passionate about these things: Because she sees bringing about the return of the unicorns as her purpose in life.

What she likes: Irene likes the forest, she likes its stillness and peace, and she feels safe there. She also likes the water. All her life Irene has liked ponds, streams and rivers. She likes to feel the water flowing over her toes and all around her. Swimming and wading are some of her favourite things to do.

What she dislikes: Irene dislikes Lord Morlan's son Malgethen. He likes her too much for her comfort and she senses evil intent behind his sweet words. Irene also hates being stuck in the Du Cassis Manor which is her house, and though it is large she feels cramped inside and dislikes being surrounded by walls.

What she likes to read: There are but a few stories that Irene could read, most books in her wold are history books, or written as such. The people have histories written down of events that happened long before they arrived, most men count these ‘stories’ because of their fantastical nature and the creatures in them, but Irene thinks they must be true. These ancient histories are what Irene really likes to reads whenever she can get hold of any of them.

If your character had to keep a journal, what sort of entries would she write: Irene would spill her feelings into her journal, she would write down her discoveries and musings on the workings of the world and life. It would become a book of memories, both sweet and bitter.

Your characters hobbies: Irene sews things as all ladies must and does enjoy it if she is making something useful. She also likes to practice the art of self-defence.

Does your character have any weapons: Yes she fights/defends herself with her staff of Silver Light Wood. Silver Light Wood comes from trees that are very hard to find as they grow only in the ancient parts of forests. Staffs made from the wood of this tree are almost unbreakable and are said to have magical properties.

Her job: Irene’s Job is to stay safe and eventually agree to marry someone, which she has no desire to do. Later in the story Irene is trying to make the return of the unicorns possible.

Her best friend (s): Irene has no best friends as far as I know, though she may meet some along the way. She could become friends with the second and first of the Relinquished if she meets them (I am not sure if she shall). Some of her parent’s servants are quite friendly with her but none are best friends.

Her pets: Irene does not have any pets, she does have animal friends though, wild animals. Animals are not afraid of her as they are normally afraid of humans. Her family also owns camels; camels are the normal form of locomotion.

What are her Parents names: Irene’s parents are Aurelia (Aw-REEL-ee-uh) and Farnear the Lord and Lady Du Cassis. Irene does not find out the names of her true parents for a long time.

Precious Possessions: Irene’s most precious possession is her necklace she always wears, in particular the pendant.  The pendant is a silver/white stone, or some sort of material (No one is sure what) set in a silver clasp. It is precious because when Lord and Lady Du Cassis found her she had the stone held in her hand and she connects it to her True parents.

What makes your character laugh out loud: When she is alone in the forest, near the stream, and feeling joyful. She also laughs when she first sees a unicorn.

Does she have any secret places she likes to go: Irene often goes into the forest, it is a secret place in itself, but she is not really meant to go there alone. Other than that she has two special places, the circular top and battlements of one tower of the castle that no-one else ever goes to because the stairs are broken but there are other ways to climb up there, that she found. Irene also has a place on the wall that surrounds the manor (the wall looks like a really thick hedge but has a high wall in between the bushes). In one place a bush died and left a gap making a space in between the hedges.  Irene leans on the branch of a bush and sits along the wall; enough light comes down through the thin canopy to read or write by.

What does she eat for breakfast: Irene likes to eat fruit for breakfast, whatever is in season, sometimes she will go out and pick them fresh and eat them in the open air.

What makes your character visibly angry? Irene gets angry when people are fighting, with weapons and hurting each other.

Her clothing style: Irene lives in a medieval-ish setting so she wears dresses and often nice ones, as she is in the position of a Lords daughter. Her favourite dresses are long white ones. She also likes to wear a darker coloured cloak with a hood and done up with a silver broach at the front, when it’s cooler or she goes to town or neighbouring castles.

Is she saved? No not exactly

Why: There is no Christianity in Irene’s world, I am not yet sure how I am going to do this I would like to add elements of a creator God who is supreme over all, or at least that there is a something guiding the world, like there is providence and not just chance or fate.

Do you think this character will become saved? If there is any elements of God/providence in the book (which I really do hope to put in there) Irene will believe in them or come to.

Third place is... Nathanael!
Name: Erik Jones.
Nickname: none.
Age: 26. 
Physical Characteristics: fast, grey eyes, tall and lanky, neat hair, agile.
Commendable Character Traits: Loyalty, quick thinking, resourcefulness, optimistic, he's funny.
Flawed Character Traits: stubborn, impulsive, hot tempered.
Some of the things she/he would say (write at least 3 things he/she would say): "Theres a place for everything." "Wow! I never knew that leaping off of an overpass could be so...exhilarating." "I'm not leaving you!" "We're stuck in quicksand in the middle of a jungle. This seems hopeless, but at least there aren't any tigers around!" "I've never flown over an erupting volcano before, but there's a first time for everything." We'll just order out again. I don't feel like cooking anything, I feel like playing video games for another two hours!"  
Some of the things he/she would do (describe at least 3 things she/he would do): hang glide over and erupting volcano, jump off an overpass onto a truck, swim in shark infested waters, and play video games for a day non-stop.
Important parts of his/her life: his faith in God, organization.
What makes him/her unique: his high knowledge of computers.
What your character is passionate about: being organized, his faith in Christ.
Why he/she is so passionate about these things: being unorganized frustrates him, he loves God.
What he/she likes: all kinds of fruit, being organized and clean, the ocean.
What he/she dislikes: bell peppers, most cheeses, and pecan pie, dirty messy things. 
What he/she likes to read: fiction novels and dystopias, and spy novels.
Your characters hobbies: writing books, playing video games, fishing, camping.
His/her job: he is a secret agent, computer technician and programmer.
His/her best friend (s): Isaac Greene.
His/her pets: A dog and a parrot.
His/her clothing style: Leather and dark blue clothes.

Is  he/she saved? yes.
If so: 
His/her spiritual gifts: he loves God and he finds the good in everything. 
Favorite Bible Verse: John 15:5.

Thank you to everyone who entered and again, I'm sorry this is late. Our new contest is up please check it out!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Contest

We will be giving away a copy of Ransomed by Elizabeth Ender to the winner of this months contest! Second and third place will get posted on the blog. The contest will end on the 24'th. We will post the results on the 30'th

In writing, knowing your characters better than your readers ever will is vital. For our September contest I think it will be fun for you all to come up with a list of characteristics that describe a imaginary character in detail. You can take this character from one of your previous stories, a book or story you are writing or just someone you think up. The more information you can give the better. You are also welcome to include images if it helps you answer any of the questions.:)

Here are some things you should include, but you are not limited to these:

Physical Characteristics:
Commendable Character Trates:
Flawed Character Trates:
Some of the things she/he would say (write at least 3 things he/she would say):
Some of the things he/she would do (describe at least 3 things she/he would do):
Important parts of his/her life:
What makes him/her unique:
What your character is passionate about:
Why he/she is so passionate about these things:
What he/she likes:
What he/she dislikes:
What he/she likes to read:
Your characters hobbys:
His/her job:
His/her best friend (s):
His/her pets:
His/her clothing style:

Is  he/she saved?

If so:
His/her spiritual gifts:
Favorite Bible Verse:

If not:
Do you think this character will become saved?
Is he/she apposed to Christianity:
Why or why not:

Please come up with some of your own questions that would deepen our understanding of this character and then answer those questions. I look forward to your entrees!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August contest results

Hello one and all to our August Contest Results! The winner of Family Reunion by Kelsey Bryant is....

My Novel

Clare Farrelly!!! Congratulations Clare! We'll be sending you your e

Here's her entry:

The space ship glided just outside the atmosphere of Pern. The pilot looked out over the masses of shining clouds that obscured his view of the planet that would become the colonist’s new home. Two officers behind him talked animatedly of the new planet. 
“They say it’s green and full of rivers that wind down to a huge body of water that covers most of the planet, it’s called The Sea.”“Bigger than any of the lakes back home?”“Very much bigger”“There are lots of trees too,” the pilot added. “There are forests over rolling hills and air that needs no filtering. It’s a jewel of a planet.”“It really is a wonder that we are the first colonists.”The pilot turned and looked at the speaker. “We don’t know that, we only know there are no other intelligent species there, now.”
The officers looked at each other and turned slowly back to look at the pilot’s hard eyes.
“There were others?” one said, his voice quivering.“We don’t know for sure, but doesn’t it seem strange that such a perfect planet could go uninhabited for so long?”“Yes,” the officer replied after a pause. “But with three thousand of us we can tackle anything. As you said it is a jewel of a planet.”“The fact that it is such a jewel is why its uninhabitence is so strange. It is a mighty task we face, to begin a new world on a strange planet. Let us hope there are no unforeseen dangers.”
The ship continued to glide over the planet. A shout came from the aft observatory pod. The time had arrived. Men scurried around the cabin. Gears and controls were set for the entry and decent. With a roar the gigantic spacecraft surged forward and down, the pilot struggled with leavers to maintain the right level for entry. They dived. The ship vibrated and tendrils of blue fire flickered along the hull. 
“Grab the port wing stick, we’re sliding. Hold it. Now wait for it and ease off.” “I know what I’m doing you concentrate on flying.”“Quiet both of you,” called the captain, “and hold her steady.”
The spaceship tossed like a boat on stormy seas. It bucked again, then settled as they passed down into the clouds. 
“We can’t see.”“Of course we can’t that’s what the instruments are for! Check our altitude,” replied the pilot.The officers voiced their concern of how high the mountains of Pern were. “Not this high,” replied the pilot, and under his breath, “let’s hope so anyway.”
Clouds parted and the tree covered hills of Pern came into view. Vistas of blue and green stretched before the eyes of the smiling crew. Spires of rock stretched up towards them, thin and pointed at the top, brown rocks rattled and the forests rustled as the ship disturbed the air high above them. Turquoise lakes and rivers wound off into the distance. The vista was startling in its beauty. One thing really caught the pilot’s eye though, a dark mountain. It towered above the surrounding peaks, black and forbidding. They rapidly drew nearer to it and would soon pass right over.
 From the ship he could see down into the mountain’s heart where something that looked like a speck of gold shone. Of course it couldn’t be gold because sun couldn’t reach down that far into the crater and the pinpoint of gold would be very big up close. Whatever glowed down there, shone of its own accord, deep down there in the heart of the sable mountain. Its steep sides fled down into the grassy plain where they would land.
Every viewing screen and window held the new colonists attention as they each caught their first glimpse of the planet that they would now call home. All the stories were proven true; lush growths of trees, and grass covered the land, flowers and plants speckled the plains with splashes of colour. From the height of the ship, the clumps of flowers looked like bright coloured gems resting on the grass. A young man started the cheering and soon the whole ship vibrated with the deafening noise of the new colonists. 
Inside the cabin the crew rushed about. The pilot had no need to shout orders as everyone already knew the procedure; they had rehearsed it so often. Still some people were a little flustered now that the time had come for the real thing. 
“One of the landing jets won’t unfold properly. I think the entry may have damaged it.”“Then fix it. Why didn’t we know of this before?” the captain roared. “Is it only that one?”
The crew members looked at one another, and shifted uncomfortably. They had all been too engrossed in the scenery of the planet to see the screens or to notice the warnings. 
“What?”One braver crew member stepped forwards, “I think more than one is damaged, most of the unfolding mechanisms appear to be shattered.”“We are about to land; get a move on. Get out there if you have to and put them out yourself.”
Two of the men climbed out the porthole and clipped their harnesses onto the rail. They found that climbing around the outside of a ship while inside a planet’s atmosphere is quite a different matter, to the ease of movement in space that they were used to. Eddying gusts threatened to rip the men off their precarious position, but the two held on with the help of their harnesses. Cold fingers of wind crept down the men’s necks as they edged along under the ship. Pern’s gravity field pulled them down and the wind yanked at them. They struggled to reach the first landing jets. Both men had to pull together to open the cover and unfold the jet.  
“Well the mechanism is quite damaged; at least we only need them this once,” shouted one before the wind could whip the words away like a rope blowing out in a gale. 
As the men struggled to get the last landing jet out of its hatch which unlike most of the others had stayed intact, the other man said, “Well we get the first experience of Pern air. It is quite perfect, though a little on the windy side.” The men grinned at each other and scrambled back to the hatch and slipped into the calm of the ship.
The two men strode up to the captain and with a salute reported that all the landing jets were out and ready to go.  The pilot circled the ship once more while the crew ran over all the checks. Then they were gliding in towards the grass upon which no human foot had trodden for many years. The ship sank faster and faster towards the waving grass.
“Now, power the landing jets, now,” the captain roared over the whistling of the wind. Rumbles and shudders shook the cabin and the crew all wondered if something still wasn’t right with the landing jets. Then they burst into life, most of them, but not enough. The ship slowed it’s decent a little but hit the ground with a mighty crash and cries of the colonists could be heard from all over the ship. They met the ground and flew back up and onwards a little before the second crash jolted them and the ship settled down. 
Sighs and a few moans came from almost everyone, from relief, the dropping of tension, or pain. A few legs had not survived the jolting, but surprisingly most damages the ship and its occupants had incurred were minor. They were there on Pern, on solid ground for the first time in many, many months.
The captain let down the main door and he himself took the first step out and inhaled a breath of the sweet Pern air. Then he lifted his hands in the all clear signal and the colonists rushed out surging around him and onto the grass, like waves rushing around a stone. The crew came out last, and joined in the laughter but the two officers couldn’t help but remember the pilots former warning of why they were supposedly the first inhabitants of Pern when it seemed such a hospitable place. 

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