Episode Fifteen- New Year Q and A

Sunday

January 12, 2020

Episode Fourteen- C. J. Lyons

Sunday

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

Sunday

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

Sunday

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 www.realitywriter.wordpress.com

  • Connect with Melanie on Instagram here

  • Track with her on Twitter here

Episode Eleven - Nicole Quigley

Sunday

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

Sunday

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

Sunday

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:  https://booksbysr.com

  • You can also connect with Savanna on: Instagram, and Twitter

Episode Eight - Stephanie Morrill

Sunday

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 Lines here

  • To learn more about Stephanie, her other books, and speaking engagements, check out her website at: https://www.stephaniemorrill.com/

  • Connect with Stephanie on: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

  • To learn more about GoTeenWriters check them out here: https://goteenwriters.com/

Episode Seven - Tessa Emily Hall

Sunday

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: www.tessaemilyhall.com

  • Connect with Tessa on: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Episode Six - Laura Gallier

Sunday

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 : www.lauragallier.com

  • You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Episode Five - Our First Q&A

Sunday

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

Sunday

August 18 

AND 

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 : https://www.bondbooks.net/ 

  • 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

Sunday,

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: 

www.alisongervais.com

Follow her on WattpadInstagram and Twitter for updates on The Space Between Us

Episode Two - Elizabeth D. Marie

Sunday  

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: 

http://elizabethdmarie.blogspot.com/

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

Sunday

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?  

  • https://www.hopebolinger.com/  

  • 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)