BOUND by Vijaya Bodach

Disclaimer: Although we support this book because it is strongly pro-life and addresses several serious issues, the main character in Bound occasionally uses language that some Christians might find offensive.  Within the first pages of Bound by Vijaya Bodach, the reader realizes that this is going to be a book that deals with serious issues. The main character, seventeen-year-old…

One Brave Step Leads to Another: Sally Matheny’s Writing Journey

As promised, here's the full story of Sally Matheny's writing progress, featured in our "Success Stories" announcement on April 9. I attended my first Write2Ignite conference in March 2012. I remember that my enthusiasm for the adventure barely overrode my terror. At the time, I didn’t have writer friends who wrote for children. Feeling quite…

A New Take on Avoiding Writer’s Block

Today's guest blogger, author Max Elliot Anderson, writes fictional adventure stories for middle-grade readers. When you read his techniques for keeping writer's block at bay, you'll get an inkling of the zaniness, action, and humor essential for keeping his young audience, especially boys, engaged! I have to say that writer’s block, or blank-screen-itis, has never…

The Good, the Bad, and the Mediocre of Self-Publishing

Kenneth G. Winters, author of the YA novel The Lost Crown of Colonnade, served as a Navy chaplain; a few years ago, he retired from full-time ministry. After investigating several Christian self-publishing companies, he published this first novel in 2011. He shares here, in the fifth of our Write2Ignite author interviews on self-publishing, what he…

Self-Publishing Series Part IV Author Interviews

Author and former Write2Ignite Team member Janice D. Green has a wealth of experience with self-publishing projects. Below, she shares information about the steep learning curve she experienced as she navigated different options, programs, and methods for publishing books herself. What book did you first publish using a self-publishing provider or system? I have self-published several…

Author Interviews III: Sandy Carlson’s First Self-Publishing Experience

Author Sandy Carlson was born in Michigan, lived in six other states, and now resides in Michigan again. A former elementary teacher, Carlson is a blogger and a long-time member of SCBWI. She's published in magazines, e-zines, newspapers, and anthologies, in addition to being the author of historical fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction books. Today, she writes,…

Author Interviews II: Laurie Gifford Adams Shares on Self-Publishing

Laurie Gifford Adams began writing young adult novels during her career as an educator. Adams is the author of Finding Atticus, http://www.RUinDanger, Over the Edge, and Before I Knew. A former Prattsburg (NY) High School schoolmate of W2I Team member Darcy Hendrick, Adams has agreed to share her self-publishing experiences for our informational series of…

Author Interviews: Gail Cartee Shares Self-Publishing Experiences

More writers are choosing self-publishing to deliver their books, whether print or digital, to readers. Write2Ignite is reaching out to several authors to ask about their decisions, experiences, and tips for those considering self-publishing for their projects. Today’s author, W2I Team Member Gail Cartee, shares insights and experiences about self-publishing her book Tsali: Legendary Hero…

Interview with Angelika Martin

by Sally Matheny Recently released, Operation Birthday Celebration—A Journey to the Manger, offers a fun Christian alternative to a popular book on a spying elf. An additional handbook, overflowing with ideas for activities and teaching moments, accompanies this colorful, interactive book. One of those activities includes crafting the main characters, Jesse the shepherd boy, and…

Reflecting with Multi-Faceted Author Vonda Skelton

by Sally Matheny Vonda Skelton shines the light of Christ through various art forms. The author of four books, a blog, and numerous magazine articles, Vonda also serves as a playwright. Her contagious enthusiasm flows into her audiences as she speaks at churches and schools, teaches at her own Christian Communicators Conferences and at many other…