Authors: Truth vs Myth

Maybe you hope to be an author. Maybe you have a friend who is one. Either way, there are plenty of misconceptions about what happens when a writer becomes published. The minutes I became a published author, these assumptions started popping out of my friends’ and acquaintances mouths until I just had to put aside [...]

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Advice on Writing a Fairy Tale Retelling

If you’ve ever written, or tried to write, a fairy tale retelling, you’ll know that it’s not at all the same as writing any other story. Though you have a great deal of creative license, you can’t simply take the story exactly where you want it to go. You must stick to at least a [...]

Stories and More Stories

So many writerly things happening lately. After being on a bit of a (if unasked-for) hiatus for a year, these past several months my imagination has felt the need to make up for lost time. After about a month of simply trying to get the skeletons of all my ideas down on paper, I finally [...]

Fairy Tale Novella Contest and Cover Reveal

Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their third fairy tale novella contest— Five Magic Spindles a collection of “Sleeping Beauty” stories The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Sleeping Beauty,” but have fun with it as well. Make [...]

Book Blurb Blues

I've been in the process of writing and polishing the back cover description for my upcoming novella. And I'll tell you the truth - it's not fun at all. I keep wanting to shout, "But I'm a book writer, not a blurb writer! I'm good at unraveling my story over the long haul, not condensing [...]

An Allegorical God

God in allegory. Even though I'm an allegorical writer myself, I often have issues with this one. Well, maybe not issues. Let's just say I approach it carefully. God is sovereign. God is almighty and all-knowing. His ways are not our ways. How, then, can any writer really do Him justice in an allegory? We seek [...]

True Evil in Christian Fiction: Where Do You Stand?

Two things happened recently which made me want to explore this question, which is a rather broad one: Should there be evil … true evil … in Christian fiction? The first thing that made me begin thinking about it was a conversation I had with a family member. She told me that she couldn’t understand [...]