Favorite books and authors: Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen), Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink), everything Percy Jackson (Rick Riordan), Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer), Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder), Chronicles of Narnia and the Space Trilogy (C.S. Lewis), and Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), just to name a few.
Why she writes: I write for many reasons, but the most pressing motive is to give Christian teens wholesome reading material that challenges the mind and gives God all the glory.
Works-in-progress: Here’s the top seven – A Maiden’s Touch, Riding Orion, QuickSilver, 12:10, Journals of Myondelf, Pepper Grey, and Dream Dancer.
Favorite books and authors: Gilgamesh, The Iliad, and The Odyssey; basically anything Greek, especially the tragic plays and especially The Orestia and Oedipus Rex. Lots of modern stuff too: Steinbeck, Hemingway, Alan Paton; To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451. Anything by the Bronte Sisters. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Any work of literary fiction. Outside of that there's been a few YA works I did like: Paper Towns and The Fault in our Stars by John Green; Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks; The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart; and Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles.
Why she writes: To leave a legacy of thought and word to generations and civilizations to come. To show the world how evil man can be and how good God is. For crafting words for the sake of words, for the sake of God-given beauty: His unconditional grace to every human.
Works-in-progress: An Island of Grief, a literary fiction novel that I'm currently working on find an agent for. Corbin and Elsa, a fantasy romance I'm beginning to plot out and world-build for. Occasionally bad poetry and really weird short stories; along with other numerous and fascinating things lurking in dark corners waiting for their time in the sun.
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Favorite books and authors: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; The Writing Life, and many other things by Annie Dillard; Eye of the Oracle by Bryan Davis; To Kill a Mockingbird; C.S. Lewis, espeically The Screwtape Letters; anything by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, or Gale Carson Levine.
Why she writes: I write for many reasons: I write to understand. I write to explore, I write to entertain and to capture some of my wild imagination. I write when I pray and I write because I forget everything. Literally everything. I even have a giant white board where I will record thoughts throughout the day, everything from blog post ideas to shopping lists... The world is too big and life to short not to write. I feel an urgency to write, to record the thoughts that flitter aimlessly in my head. I do not profess them to great, big, profound thoughts, but they must be written nonetheless.
Works-in-progress: I am currently working on two novels, one significantly more underdeveloped then the other. The one novel is fantasy, and the other falls under historical fiction. And the countless poems, short stories, and ramblings that seem to always be in progress: new ones coming before the old ones have a chance to reach maturity.
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Favorite books and authors: I love the old books, the classics: Jane Eyre, Little Woman, Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet, Peter Pan. I grew up listing to these books (well maybe not Hamlet) on audio books. These would be my first favorites; my time tried and tested friends. Recently I have added a new set of favorites; the Lord of the Rings. I didn't get into the fantasy genre till late and didn't start reading Tolkien's works till last year. I still have to read the last book but I would call these one of my favorites.
Why you write: I write because I love it. I love exploring new places and meeting new people. When I was little before I could write or even read I would tell stories to my sisters and myself. I am an explorer and this is how I explore. When I write I can go anywhere I cam imagine. Writing is simply fun.Works-in-progress: For the past two years I have been working on a steampunk series. I have three books already finished and the fourth is in the works. I think it will be all wrapped up in book five. The series focuses on a large family of ten brothers and their struggles against the power hungry mayor of their city. Throw in a family feud and a half-mechanical crazy bounty hunter and you have a good idea of the story. Recently another author advised me to edit the first book before going on, so that is what I am working on now. This will be the first book I've edited. I have the bad habit of writing something and never going back to it ever again. So that is what I'm really working on now; learning how to edit.
Favorite books and authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Children of Hurin; Orson Scott Card, the Ender series; John Grisham; C.S. Lewis; William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream; George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire; John Fowles, The Magus; Edith Hamilton, Mythology... and on and on
Why she writes: I'd go nuts if I didn't. Well, more nuts, anyway. I also believe that some ideas, especially the ideas of hope, despair, redemption, and sacrifice, are easier to convey through a larger-than-life, almost mythical story--a story that is a combination of many human experiences that may not happen to just one person.
Works-in-progress: I usually have a random short story in the hopper, and those tend to be satirical and occasionally downright weird. Right now, though, I'm mostly working on a full-length novel set in the Russian mafia during a world war. Broadly, it's about an individual's progression from superficial morality to total depravity. It's also the backstory of a recurring minor character who appears in various capacities in a few other books I've set in that same "universe."
Favorite books authors: Cornelia Funke, John Steinbeck, O. Henry, and C.S. Lewis. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
Why she writes: I enjoy writing because I can put the thoughts in my head to paper. It's complicated and I don't know if I can give an intelligent answer to that question.
Works-in-progress: I am currently working on an Avengers/ Loki fan fiction called Same Mistakes and an original sci-fi book called (working title) Dream Leap.
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