In this week's episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, Tara has a heartfelt and lively conversation with award-winning and best-selling children's fantasy author R.J. Anderson.
Listen in as they chat about the benefits of tackling difficult subjects and themes through a fantastical lens, and how great stories, including her newest releases, Swift, Nomad, and Torch (The Flight and Flames Trilogy, Enclave Publishing), encourage us to be brave in exploring how our differences can sometimes be our greatest strengths.
We also get a sneak peek at Nomad and learn about R.J.'s final release in this series, Torch.
Make sure to check out our Instagram page for details on how you can win your own advanced reader copy of Nomad.
New logo, new intro, new theme music and we didn't stop there! Welcome to the second season of the Hope Prose Podcast!
Listen in as we spread our literary wings to chat with critically acclaimed debut middle-grade author of THE BRAVE, James Bird!
James Bird, a California native of Ojibwe descent is a screenwriter/director and now middle-grade author generously agreed to answer anything we asked!
His touching debut closely parallels his own experiences and perfectly captures the big questions that come with discovering our own culture, accepting and celebrating our neurodiversity, and learning to love oneself.
James generously chatted with us for over an hour allowing/forcing us to create our first official after-show! If you are a part of our Patreon community, stay tuned for the uncensored and emotionally deep questions that poured out after we hit pause.
You might find it challenging to find James' website, but you can buy his book basically everywhere and I personally know he is very active on Instagram (get ready for adorable toddler photos!)
Episode Thirty One - Season One Wrap Up!
Sunday August 2, 2020
Get ready for a completed unscripted laugh-fest about all the highs and lows of our first season of the Hope Prose Podcast.
We also discuss the results of our listener survey, including plans to continue in September with more diverse guests, clean reads from across genres, and the inclusion of some MG authors and expert opinions on writing, publishing, and becoming an author.
We spill on some of the potential guests you've suggested for September, and (drum roll please), some of your requests will become a reality! Be sure to join up with Tara and Bekah's newsletters to be the first to hear about upcoming guests and more frequent giveaways!
You can join Tara's newsletter from this website and Bekah's by visiting her on Instagram @bekah_teen_blogger
Episode Thirty - Robin Jones Gunn Bonus Episode
Sunday July 19, 2020
In part two of Tara and Rebekah's interview with Robin Jones Gunn (best-selling and Christy Award-winning author of more than 100 books including the 3.5 million-selling Christy Miller Series), the three continue their chat about her newest book, Being Known, her lack of socks, why she chose to focus her novel on healing from grief, her God-story about Africa, and the importance of community.
We also read the opening section of Being Known, learn about Robin's nonfiction book out this October, and hear the plans for another Father Christmas Hallmark movie!
Make sure to listen to the end, where we announce the winner of FOUR books from Robin (the first three Christy Miller novels and Becoming Us (The second story in the Haven Maker's series)
Episode Twenty-nine - Robin Jones Gunn
Sunday July 12, 2020
In this week's episode (one of TWO!), your hosts have the honour of sitting down with probably our most highly anticipated guest yet, Robin Jones Gunn!
Robin is a best-selling and Christy Award-winning author of more than 100 books including the 3.5 million-selling Christy Miller Series.
Listen as we pick her brain about her newest book, Being Known, her lack of socks, why she chose to focus her book on healing from grief, her God-story about Africa, and the importance of community.
Find out more about Robin, her books, and to receive movie updates visit:
You can also find Robin on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
Episode Twenty-eight - AnnMarie Pavese
Sunday June 28, 2020
In this week's episode of Hope Prose, we had the chance to sit down with epic indie fantasy author, AnnMarie Pavese. Ann Marie is the author of So Sang the Dawn and abides in the mountains of Arizona. She writes far more than she reads and spends her free time mentoring other girls, not only in the art of writing but also in the art of navigating the hardest parts of life.
Listen as we pick her brain about the trials and tribulations of writing a book that is (no joke!) 750 pages long, what inspired the unique world of Frostholm, and how her writing journey came to be.
To find out more about AnnMaire and her book, visit:
To order So Sang the Dawn click HERE
You can also find AnnMarie on Instagram and Facebook!
Episode Twenty-seven - Nadine Brandes
Sunday June 14, 2020
Today's episode was a year in the making. When Rebekah and I first started this podcast, we made a list of authors we would love to interview on the show and today's guest was at the top for both of us.
Nadine Brandes, award-winning author of Romanov, Fawkes, and the Out of Time Series joins us to talk about writing historical fantasies with allegorical elements, sharing stories that resonate deep and supporting the #bookstagram community.
We also got hints about her bonus chapter in the newly-released paperback version of Romanov, what her next story world will involve, and read aloud one of Nadine's favorite scenes from Romanov...let's just say there's a swing and Stash involved.
You can find out more about Nadine and the new paperback version of Romanov at
We also highly recommend following Nadine on Instagram for adorable baby cameos and gorgeous #bookstagram shots.
Episode Twenty-six - Tara K. Ross
Sunday May 31, 2020
Rebekah and Tara switch roles in today’s episode for the launch of Tara’s debut novel, FADE TO WHITE.
Listen as we have fun chatting about what started Tara on her journey towards authordom, how important mental health is in her writing life, and how reading and writing can help others in their own road to healing.
We also chat about how FADE TO WHITE came to be and celebrated its official book launch!
If you are reading this, you already know where to find out more about Tara.
To buy a copy of Tara’s debut novel click HERE for all the links
You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter
Episode Twenty-five - Kara Swanson
Sunday May 17, 2020
In this week's episode, we are whisked away to Neverland by none other than beloved YA author, Kara Swanson!
Listen as we pick her brain about her growing up in an African jungle, her unusual journey towards publication, co-authoring, and loving marketing.
We learn more about her love-hate relationship with Peter Pan, and what it was like to tackle a classic retelling (spoiler alert: not easy!)
To find out more about Kara, her books, and writing services visit:
You can pre-order a copy of DUST here
You can also find Kara on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
Episode Twenty-four - Olivia Smit
Sunday, April 19, 2020
In this week's episode, your hosts sit down with extremely talented middle-grade author, Claire Swinarski. Claire is the author of multiple books including What Happens Next (coming May 19th, 2020 from Harper Collins) and Girl, Arise: A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World.
Listen as they chat about what makes middle-grade books so special, why it’s important for books directed towards younger readers to tackle tough subjects, and what her favorite middle-grade books are and why.
You can also find Claire on Instagram and Twitter!
Episode Twenty-three - Olivia Smit
Sunday, April 19, 2020
In this week's episode, Tara and Rebekah get to celebrate the book launch of Seeing Voices with fellow debut Canadian YA author Olivia Smit.
We learn about the benefits of completing an undergraduate program in creative writing, how to write from a hard of hearing character's POV, and how Olivia's passions for small towns, baking, and hope-filled stories work into her own novels.
If you are looking for freelance editing assistance, or want to find out more about Oliva and her writing journey, check out her website
Buy a copy of Olivia's inspiration contemporary debut, Seeing Voices on Amazon or over at her publisher, WhiteFirePress
You can also find Olivia on Instagram and Twitter and possibly helping Tara with her own book launch next month! (Stay tuned for details!)
Bonus Episode - Hope Collaboration
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Happy Easter. This bonus episode is a collaborative effort created in light of the global pandemic we are currently faced with. As a member of the Christian Podcast Association, we wanted to come together to create a message of hope for listeners this Easter. And so began the Hope Collaboration.
In this episode, we share some of the amazing hope-filled podcasts available for free through your favourite podcast player. These include:
Jenna Erlandson from Bridge of the Faithful -
Meg Glesener from Letters from Home Podcast - lettersfromhomepodcast.com
Brandy J. Goebel from The Road Home to You - roadhometoyou.com
We have also included some suggestions for hope-filled reads across ages in our own segment at the end. Thank you so much for your support on this journey. Let us know how we can support you and your creative journeys in the future and perhaps it will be the start of a new bonus episode.
Episode Twenty-one - June Hur
April 5, 2020
In this episode, we chat with critically acclaimed debut YA author, June Hur. (Cue cheers!)
Her debut novel THE SILENCE OF BONES through Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan releases this April 2020. It is a murder mystery set in Joseon Dynasty Korea (the early 1800s), and it is also a coming-of-age tale about a girl searching for home. It was recently selected by the American Booksellers Association as one of the top debuts of Winter/Spring 2020 and it is on the top of both Bekah and My TBR lists.
We chat with June about Pride and Prejudice fan fiction, writing historical mysteries, the legitimate fears that come with sharing your words, and writing on the theme of home.
To find out more about June, visit her website at
Follow her on Twitter HERE or on Instagram HERE.
June's virtual book launch is happening April 23rd at 7 PM EST in Instagram Live.
Episode Twenty- Taylor Bennett
March 22, 2020
In today’s episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, we sit down with widely successful YA author, Taylor Bennett to celebrate the release of her third contemporary YA novel, Barefoot Memories.
Taylor is a dandelion-wishing, world-traveling lover of books, words, and stories. Based in the Pacific North West, she dreams of seeing the world and writing stories set in unique locations, including the enviable setting of Hawaii.
Listen as she chats with us about all things hedgehogs, traveling, and how it feels to have ended her well-loved Tradewinds Trilogy after debuting with the first book of that series (Porch Swing Girl) at the tender age of seventeen!
To find out more about Taylor, visit her website at:
Connect with Taylor on her uber-esthetic Instagram feed
Buy Taylor’s books on Amazon and feel like you are escaping to Hawaii for a while.
Episode Nineteen- Phillip Telfer
March 8, 2020
In today’s podcast, we sit down with the extremely talented Phillip Telfer, award-winning film producer and now, YA author. He began his journey as a creative communicator through singing and songwriting. He also started teaching and mentoring teens as a youth pastor and camp speaker. He now directs the non-profit ministry Media Talk 101 and is author of the book Media Choices: Convictions or Compromise and his first YA fiction novel, Why Save Alexander.
Listen in as we chat about Phillip's passion for youth trapped in unhealthy technology habits, what inspired his newest endeavor of writing YA fiction, and why we can't help but love Alexander, despite his unlikeable starting point.
To find out more about Phillip's film work and books visit:
To buy Why Save Alexandar click HERE
Episode Eighteen- Chawna Schroeder
February 23, 2020
In today’s podcast, we sit down with an extremely talented YA author and teacher. Chawna Schroeder is a Minnesotan writer who enjoys snow, chai tea, and playing “what if?”—even if that game occasionally gets her into trouble. She loves stretching both imagination and faith through story. Chawna’s books include The Vault Between Spaces, Beast, and the Bearing the Sword curriculum.
Listen in as we chat about Chawna’s three hundred book traveling library, why a good story must have two CRUCIAL elements, and why being exposed to good books early in life matters.
You can find out more about Chawna and her books by visiting her website:
You can also buy The Vault Between Spaces on her website or at these fine retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Enclave Publishing
Episode Seventeen- McCall Hoyle
February 9, 2020
In this episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah chat with McCall Hoyle who is a young adult and middle-grade author, including her two YA novels, The Thing with Feathers and Meet the Sky
When not writing she teaches the next generation how to craft their own stories as a middle-grade teacher and previous highschool English teacher or can be found spending time with her family and one of their golden retrievers or their three-legged tabby cat, who may make a cameo in Meet the Sky.
Listen as we discuss what makes a good novel, what inspired The Thing with Feathers, how we need to write with heart, and how Mccall's background in teaching helps her writing career as a whole.
Find out more about McCall and her books at
You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
Episode Sixteen- Susan Miura
January 26, 2020
Today, Bekah and I sat down with YA author Susan Miura and chatted about her book SHARDS OF LIGHT. Susan is the author of three young adult novels, HEALER, SHARDS OF LIGHT (A continuation of the story form Healer), and her third novel SHOW ME A SIGN, which is set for rerelease in October of this year.
Faith, family and a passion for nature, traveling, writing and photography nurture Susan’s soul. Her poetry and wildlife photos are featured in a children’s book, Pawprints in the Snow.
Listen as we break down how working in public relations assisted her career as an author, what the most daring thing she’s ever done, and how her real-life travels inspires her as an author.
You can learn more about Susan and her other novels at susanmiura.altervista.org/
Listen to HEALER’s theme song written by Susan’s son here!
You can also find out updates about her new releases on Facebook and Twitter
Episode Fifteen- New Year Q and A
January 12, 2020
In this episode of the Hope Prose Podcast, we answer your questions on everything from what our New Year’s goals are, what’s on our TBR list, and what our most anticipated reads of 2020 are. Listen as we give some exciting updates on our writing lives and give tips on finding clean YA reads and how to query an agent well. Enjoy!
Here are some resources that we mention in our answers:
Helpful Querying Resources:
QueryTracker AND QueryShark
Faith Pitch AND Transmedia Mutts
Bookish Links for Finding Clean YA Reads:
Clean YA Books for Teens and Tweens (a list)
Clean YA Book List (updated monthly)
Tara's and Bekah's GoodRead Pages
Book Vloggers we love: ChristianYABooksandMore AND BooksforChristianGirls
Episode Fourteen- C. J. Lyons
December 29, 2019
In our last episode of 2019, we have the honor of speaking with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, C. J. Lyons.
C.J. most recent novel, The Colour of Lies, veers from her usual adult 'Thrillers with Heart' to share the story of Ella, a young girl with synesthesia who can see everyone else's lies except the one haunting her own life. (See my review here)
Find out why a library card was one of CJ's favorite gifts as a child and how empathy and method acting play strongly into her creating memorable and moving stories.
You can learn more about CJ and her other novels (including a YA Sci-Fi Trilogy and her YA Thriller, Watched, about cyberbullying at cjlyons.net
You can also find out updates about her newest releases on her Facebook page.
Episode Thirteen - Shawn Smucker
December 15, 2019
Award-winning novelist, Shawn Smucker joins us this week on the podcast to chat about his YA novels, The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There.
We also talk writing routines, the influence of great stories on our craft, and why asking deep questions is a big part of what makes Shawn's work so intriguing. (Think,: What if death is a gift? OR What if someone could get out of Dante's inferno?)
You can learn more about Shawn and his other amazing novels at shawnsmucker.com,
We also highly recommend tuning into Shawn and Maile's new podcast, The Stories Between Us here
Track with Shawn on Twitter here
Follow along with Shawn on Facebook as well.
Episode Twelve - Melanie Kilsby
December 1, 2019
Fellow Canadian YA author, Melanie Kilsby joins us on the show this week to chat about her writing journey, starting her YouTube channel, Christian YA Books and More and how a difficult situations helped her find her genre sweet spot in historical fairytale retellings.
Melanie also allowed us to preview her next novel, a Snow White retelling, which won runner-up at the Word Guilds In the Beginning Writing Award.
You can learn more about Melanie's other novels, Darkness Into Light and Facing the Grey on Goodreads
Catch up on all of Melanie's videos at ChristianYABooksAndMore
Visit her at her blog
Connect with Melanie on Instagram here
Track with her on Twitter here
Episode Eleven - Nicole Quigley
November 17, 2019
In today’s episode of Hope Prose, we have the honor of sitting down with Nicole Quigley award-winning author of the young adult novel “Like Moonlight at Low Tide,” which was published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing/Zondervan. The book was later released in the Zondervan imprint Blink YA Books and also released in Germany. USA Today listed “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” as a “recommended teen read,” and the novel won the “Carol Award” for YA fiction by the American Christian Fiction Writers.
Listen in as we chat about her novel, LIKE MOONLIGHT AT LOW TIDE, the first time she realized she wanted to be an author, how her experience in public relations and the newsroom helped her writing craft, and the impact of an email a reader sent had on her.
You can purchase Like Moonlight at Low Tide here
Connect with Nicole on Facebook here
Check out Nicole’s website here
Episode Ten - Q & A - 2.0
November 3, 2019
In this episode of the Hope Prose podcast, we answer 5 of your questions about YA books, writing and living as a Christian teen. Some of the highlights include our outlining styles, ways to increase your writing speed, and what are some of the first steps towards publishing.
Here are some of the resources and websites we recommended in our answers:
NanoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month (Started November 1)
American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
The Word Guild (The Canadian version of ACFW)
Girl Defined: Project Modesty
Helping Writers Become Authors
The Christian Publishing Show
Episode Nine - Savanna Roberts
October 20, 2019
This week we spoke with Savanna Roberts in Utah. Savanna delves into the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Contemporary genres and has written stories and poems since she could hold a pen. She published her first book on Amazon when she was eleven!
We chat with Savanna about her latest release from the Quelmirian Duology, Storyteller, why she publishes independently and what she has learned along the way in the areas of marketing and book promotion.
You can purchase Storyteller here
To learn more about Savanna, her other books, and her super practical blog go to:
You can also connect with Savanna on: Instagram, and Twitter
Episode Eight - Stephanie Morrill
October 6, 2019
In this episode of Hope Prose, we chat with Stephanie Morrill, YA author and founder of Go Teen Writers! She writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world including her 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines.
Join us as we talk about her latest release, who her favorite author is, how she juggles writing both contemporary and historical fiction, and what inspired her to start GoTeenWriters.
You can purchase Within These Lineshere
To learn more about Stephanie, her other books, and speaking engagements, check out her website at:
Connect with Stephanie on: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
To learn more about GoTeenWriters check them out here:
Episode Seven - Tessa Emily Hall
September 22, 2019
In this episode of Hope Prose, we chat with Tessa Emily Hall, an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic books for teens to remind them they’re not alone. Tessa writes both fiction and devotionals, including her most recent fiction release FALLEN LEAVES and her upcoming devotional, LOVE YOUR SELFIE, which is slated to release March 2020 from Ellie Claire.
She talked with us about all things Fallen Leaves, her advice for writer’s looking to build their platforms, her favorite thing about the writing process, and what she hopes readers take away from her books.
Purchase Fallen Leaves here
To learn more about Tessa, her devotional books, speaking engagements, etc. check out her website at:
Connect with Tessa on: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
Episode Six - Laura Gallier
September 8, 2019
This week we talk with Laura Gallier, 2018 Christy Award-winning author of The Delusion series. Having battled her own enemies of the soul, particularly during her teen and young adult years, Laura’s writing exposes deception with the light of truth, bringing hope and healing to a generation in need. She spoke with us about her new release, The Deception, the inspiration behind this work and what she hopes readers will take away from her stories. We also learned about perseverance, battling spiritual warfare and her journey toward making The Delusion into a movie!
The Deception is now available for purchase here
Learn more about Laura's novels, group bible studies and speaking engagements at her website :
You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Episode Five - Our First Q&A
September 1, 2019
In this episode of the Hope Prose podcast, we answer 10 of your questions about YA books, writing and living as a Christian teen. Some of the highlights include our favorite contemporary and historical Christian or Clean YA reads, how to finish your book and start your next one, and a guest response from Pastor Erik Jenson about some of the deeper questions related to faith, hope and the great beyond.
Here are some of the resources and websites we recommended in our answers:
Go Teen Writers - Hosted by Jill Williamson, Stephanie Morrill, and Shannon Dittemore
Nanowrimo - National Novel Writing Month (Starting brainstorming and outlining for November 1st)
The Young Writer's Workshop: CLICK HERE
The Revision Post from fellow #roaring20sdebut Isabel Ibanez: CLICK HERE
Want to Start a Podcast?
Here is the Mic Bekah Uses : Blue Yeti
Here is the YouTube Tutorial that got us started by Pat Flynn: CLICK HERE
Episode Four - Douglas Bond
August 25, 2019
Douglas Bond is the author of more than twenty-five books, is the husband of Cheryl, father of six, and grandfather of six. He is the director of the Oxford Creative Writing Master Class, a ruling elder in the PCA, a speaker at conferences, and a leader of Church history tours in Europe, and (in our opinion) a budding YouTube star.
In this double episode of Hope Prose, you’ll get a peek at his latest release, THE RESISTANCE, a YA historical thriller, find out what inspired him to start writing, what he thinks makes a truly great story, and why he thinks young writers tend to have a hard time finishing the novels they start.
You can find out more about Douglas at :
Check out his latest book THE RESISTANCE here
Follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for updates on his classes, tours, and upcoming novels.
Episode Three - Alison Gervais
August 4, 2019
Contemporary YA Author Alison Gervais first gained recognition by posting her writing at the age of 16 on Wattpad. Those chapters, read by millions, turned into her first novel, In 27 Days. That same story is now optioned for film!
We preview the first chapter of her next novel, The Silence Between Us (Blink YA Books) and discuss her growth as an author, and what it's like sharing an #ownvoice story about hearing loss and deaf culture.
You can pre-order The Silence Between Us and learn more about Alison at:
Follow her on Wattpad, Instagram and Twitter for updates on The Space Between Us
Episode Two - Elizabeth D. Marie
July 21, 2019
Indiana native Christian YA fantasy author Elizabeth D. Marie published her first book “Awaiting the Dawn” at the tender age of nineteen (slightly jealous!) and enjoys writing stories that integrate faith, history, adventure, romance, and the real-life struggles of the human condition.
In this episode of Hope Prose, you’ll get a sneak-peek at her upcoming release, SAVING SNOW, find out what inspired her Crown of Stars series, and her advice for writers on crafting realistically flawed characters.
You can find out more about Elizabeth at:
You can check out her CROWN OF STARS series here
Follow her on Instagram and Facebook for updates on GUARDING SNOW and her other novels.
Episode One- Hope Bolinger
July 7, 2019
It’s our inaugural episode!!
Our Guest: Hope Bolinger, YA author and associate literary agent with Cyle Young Literary Elite and Hartline Literary Agency
.Find out how she published over 300 works, including plays, poems, and articles before her 21st birthday! Her YA novel, BLAZE (LPC/IlluminateYA) released June 2019 and we preview the end of the first chapter.
Hear how she juggles being a literary agent and author and what inspired her to write BLAZE.
Want to know more about Hope?
You can get your own copy of BLAZE here
Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates about her next novel, DEN (2020/LPC)