A Writerly Blog
I often interview authors who have published books similar to my genre—historical/Biblical fiction. But today, I'm not only interviewing a debut author whose novel is soon-to-be-published, but she writes YA Fantasy. It is probably the fastest growing and sought after genre, by readers and publishers alike!
I am a Chicago girl - born and raised. And I love history, which is why I am a middle-grade historical fiction author. But I know that sometimes history is not so kind. In fact, it can be cruel. Chicago has some great events - The World Columbian Exposition for one; but I'm not proud of the corruption or racial tragedies in our past.
Today, I'm featuring a Q & A with Bibi Belford, a fellow #SCBWI_IL and #ReadLocalIllinois author who brings one of these unfortunate events to life in her novel, Crossing the Line.
Having just returned from Raleigh, North Carolina, the home of Shaw University, the first historically black university in the Southern United States, and considering the cultural, political and social climate of 2020, Patrica Powell’s picture book is timely!
She is a member of our SCBWI-IL (Illinois Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) organization, and Read Local Illinois, a service for teachers and librarians that connects authors and their books with young readers.
I love the title of her latest book, Lift as You Climb. Good leaders help others on the way up — they never steal the power or limelight for themselves. They also look for non-violent ways to solve problems and make their voices heard.
Below are a few questions I asked Patrica Powell about her newest release. . .
I am thrilled today to share a new cozy design book by Victoria Duerstock curiously titled, Extraordinary Hospitality for Ordinary Christians. In fact, it is so new, it was out of stock until this week! My copy is on its way and should arrive Saturday -- and I can't wait.
I am honored and thrilled to interview the author of The Love Note, Joanna Politano’s latest historical romance. She is originally from my ’neck of the woods’, so last year, I met her at a tea shop nearby. I couldn't wait to meet her in person. I had just read Lady Jane Disappears, and was mesmerized by all the nuances and mystery in that novel. So when she walked in with her two littles, I thought to myself That novel came from this slight young girl?? (Joanna admits she is older than she looks.)
Yes, indeed. It did — and she has published two others, since. I've read them all, each unique in plot and character, spun with a touch of mystery and spiritual insight. So, I was pleased Joanna was willing to do a Q&A so my readers could get to know this creatively insightful author!
I am thrilled and honored to be hosting a Q&A with a fellow author, WW2 fan and Francophile -- only Michèle had the privilege of living in France. For me, it is a pipe-dream!
Michèle Phoenix, author of Fragments of Light, digs deep into the 1940's with it's heroes and horrors. With her past experiences, is definitely qualified to write this book -- in SO many ways. Let's get to know this creative author and her process . . .
I am so honored once again to be a part of Tessa Afshar’s book launch team for The Way Home released by Moody Publishers. This time, instead of a Biblical fiction novel, Tessa has written a 6-week Bible study on a topic dear to her heart: women in Scripture who have found a new beginning and a deep faith. Although I have never met Tessa Afshar in person, I feel she is a kindred spirit in so many ways, and is dear to me!
When I discovered she was drawn to Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, I had part of the reason. The other part you will find in the videos and interview below. Enjoy and be blessed!
The Inspiration to Write
My MG Biblical fiction "The Heart Changer" debuted in 2019 with Ambassador International.