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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Three Encouraging Events!

I've been in a rut lately. My writing has suffered because my mind was pulled in a couple unexpected directions (including my 15-year-old dog looking ill).

But God dealt me an encouraging hand these past few days.

First, two pre-orders of Swords of the Six (AMG) were received by Amazon!

Second, the first novel (other than my own) that I published through my company Flaming Pen Press, is a finalist for the Moonbeam Awards! Congratulations to Jacob Parker, author of Kestrel's Midnight Song.
And, finally, as a result of the Moonbeam Awards nomination, a Christian fantasy author contacted me . . . and he lives in Connecticut! Praise God! I have felt quite alone out here sometimes. I have many good friends and lots of family, but I need encouragment from fellow writers as well. I love to network, especially with Christian authors, and this could be just the boost to my creativity and drive that I have desperately needed.


Star-Dreamer said...

Congrats to Jacob Parker! That's so amazing, especially since it's his first novel! *squeal!*

I know what you mean about feeling alone, and the funniest thing is that I had a similar experience: while reviewing the blogs that I follow the otherday, I discovered that one of the authors I follow who I found completely by accident and who just signed a five-book deal with P&R grew up in a town not 10 min from me! I don't know if he still lives there, but his family is well known in the area and has been there for generations, and my mom went to school with his father and uncle. Plus one of his cousins goes to my church, and I used to be good friends with his daughter. How's that for strange?!

I'm glad you found someone you might be able to network with. It's always encouraging to find others out there in your area with the same passions. After all, steel sharpens steel. :)

Andrew K. York said...

Go 'Kestrel's Midnight Song'! I should be getting the book soon and I can't wait to read it!!!


"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24

In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.