Yes, that's right! Have you ever wanted to ask a question from a professional author (professional as in having a least three books published and marketed)? Now is your chance to ask! I'm going to be asking a panel of authors if they would be willing to answer some questions from less experienced or un-published writers. Comment with your questions below!
Pearl: What one book can you just not stop reading? Why? How can you make your stories like that?
Holly: Any Baker family series book! Those have you literally on the edge of your seat! :) Why? Well I think it's because the suspense is so terrible you just have to find out what happens. I could make stories like that if I have a good hook, a great question that needs to be solved and a good plot.
Kate: Hmmm... There are a lot of books like that for me, but I think that they all have a theme of being very well written, compelling stories with good life lessons and lovable characters. I need to work on my character development and plot design. ;)
Liberty: Probably the Baker family series. They are really good and like Holly said, keep you on the edge of your seat.
Jazzy: The Swords of Lyric series. Ugh, those books are sooo good, I can't read any other book now! You all have to read them, they're Christian science fiction, but very encouraging and the way she wrote was extremely captivating!
I think I'm still studying her writing style, but she has a way of writing short blunt sentences and making everything seem very real. Like, unlike some authors, she makes you understand where the character is getting certain thoughts/feelings/actions. She makes you truly understand your character, and it's fantastic! I'm still working on this technique, but I think it's incredible how well she words things so make the reader feel everything and see everything.
Pearl: What genre is hardest for you to write?
Holly: Probably historical fiction and non-fiction. As much as I enjoy reading historical fiction, it is so hard for me to write. I'm much better writing at writing in the present time!
Kate: I'd have to agree with Holly that Historical fiction is pretty hard. I think the hardest for me is Sci-fi because I'm not very technologically minded.
Liberty: Probably Sci-fi. Historical fiction sometimes is really easy for me, but not all the time.
Jazzy: I think the hardest genre of writing for me would be nonfiction. I like to have a lot of control over what I'm writing about and how far to span it… but that's just me. ;)
Wow! Am I the only one who enjoys sci-fi and fantasy? I think that's the easiest for me just because I like to let my imagination run free! Haha! Sometimes I'll be writing and I have to totally stop and just breath it gets so intense for me. ;)
Here are all the wonderful answers to Kate's great questions! Thanks for responding so quickly!
Kate: What books or authors do you think your writing is most similar to?
Jazzy: I think mine is a mix of C.S. Lakin, Sharon Hinck, and Alicia A. Willis! Just my style, but my imagination in the fantasy realm is probably just like Sharon Hinck and C.S. Lakin! I'm not quite so historical is Alicia, but I adore her books!
Justus: G. A. Henty. Everyone who reads my writing compares it to Henty. Maybe because reading Henty gave me my love for reading, which in turn gave me a desire to write. Some other inspirations are John J. Horn (my favorite fiction author), Alicia A. Willis (my editor), and H. Rider Haggard.
Holly: I would have to say my writing style is pretty similar to C.R. Hedgecock and Alicia Willis and occasionally Sarah Maxwell (though I am not fond of her writing style.)
Kate: Do you ever find yourself basing a character off someone you know from a book or real life?
Jazzy: I can't say that they are… Most of the time, I take different strongs from different people to create one character. A balance of the emotions/goals/demeanor.
Justus: Yes. My favorite characters in my writings are the ones I modal after real people I personally know, although I usually mingle several real personalities into one character. I also like experimenting with opposite personalities then my own. It's fun. :)
Holly: Yeah! :) But like Justus, I like to combine several personalities into one person. I haven't done any characters that are based off of real people yet. I would like to, but not exactly sure how to do that. Any suggestions anyone? :)
Kate: If you could have any book written just for you, what would it be about? What genre would it be in?
Jazzy: This one is really hard! I love all types of books, I'm having such a hard time figuring out… probably… fantasy. Yeah, I just love Christian Fantasy, like Sharon Hinck! But I love the goal and the Spiritual elements of From the Dark to the Dawn, so I don't really know! As long as it keeps me thinking clean thoughts and worshipping the King, I'm happy! Tehehe!:)
Justus: My favorite genre is historical fiction. So maybe something surrounding a little-known historical event or character. With suspense, of course. :)
Holly: Hmm... that's a good question. The book would be about a girl who works with dolphins and/or horses. Hmm... that's kinda of a weird combination, but hey, I like dolphins and horses! How about two books? One would be about a girl working with dolphins in some way and the other would be about a girl who works with horses on a ranch. Those would be some awesome books with plenty of suspense, encouragement etc.! Not sure what genre that would be... contemporary maybe?
Although we are taking a break through the month of July for submitting stories, the Writer's Nook will continue however. Does anyone have any new questions or questions that haven't been posted? Let me know and I'll get those posted for you!
Holly: 1. How do you like to introduce you characters? Do you like to take time and describe how they look, their history etc. or just introduce them a little at a time in the story? 2. What writing resources, links, or books would you suggest to writers?
Kate: Okay, I just love the first question. ; ) 1. The way I like to introduce characters varies by whether I am writing a short story or a long story. I do sometimes tell the character's name right off in a short story, but in a long story I do not like to until someone addresses them. To me, that's just the way it happens in real life. I do write out their general looks (especially if my POV character is sizing them up), but I like to have the details come out more as they talk and act. (Sometimes this varies, like if I decide to poetically describe my princess before she even does anything.) I don't think I ever tell anyone's history right off the bat. It comes out from what they say, how they act, and what other people say about them. Same as if I just met someone new. : )
2. I've only read two books on writing before, and they are "Structuring Your Novel" by K.M. Weiland and "Finding the Core of Your Story" by Jordan Smith. The first is really amazing at teaching about plot points, scene structure, etc., and the second is actually a book for screenwriters but it has some really neat tips. My favorite resource for writing encouragement and advice is www.word-painters.blogspot.com, and www.homeschooledauthors.com is excellent for connecting with other authors and keeping tabs on what they are doing. I would also recommend this blog (Noble Novels) for having a great community and lots of stuff to read. As far as inspiration and skill in writing goes, I would just recommend reading good things and noticing why they are good. ; )
If anyone knows of any good books about description and style, please let me know. ; )
Faith: 1) Sometimes it depends on what kind of story I'm writing, but I tend to give it as it's asked for, not all up front.
Faith: Why have you chosen writing to express,praise God, share, etc. instead of, let's say music, art, etc. ?
Holly:Well Faith, since I do all those things you mentioned on a regular basis, I try to glorify God and praise Him in ALL those things, not just writing!
Kate: Good question. The main reason I've chosen writing as the art form I use most to express, praise God, and share is simply that it's the one I speak best in. ; ) Words are just so amazing! A painting can show a setting (and sometimes a little emotion), and music can show emotion or teach something; but writing can do all of these together with just the small squiggles we call letters!!! I'm sure artists of another kind can use their art form to do all of these things, but I know I just love words best! ; )
Anna: 1. Um... how do y'all manage to write on demand for each of your Noble Novels postings while still keeping up on writing down all your ideas for your huge, massively long stories that you are really excited about. : P 2. What time of day do you usually get on the computer to write? (that would be if you use the computer for your stories) 3. Name the book that gives you the happy, cozy chills. 4. When writing a blog post, story, comment, or bio do you like to write in a more chatty, rambling, loose way or concisely and carefully with good grammar and everything? You can probably guess my answer; it's just kinda my character I suppose. : )
Kate: Good questions! 1. I usually have my big stories on the back burner and write my short stories really quickly whenever I have inspiration for something new. 2. Afternoon to evening. 3. The Chronicles of Narnia (yeah, it's a series...) 4. Both, I guess. ; )
Holly: 1. Wow! What a question! Hmm... first off, I would say that whenever I suddenly get an idea for one of my larger stories I will write it down in a notebook that I have for ideas. That way I can still keep tract of what's going on. (Either that or I store it in my brain! :) ) As far as the demand of posting a story goes, I try to finish that short story in one sitting if possible!
2. What time of day? Usually afternoon, because that's when I've got free time to write.
3. I only get that the first time I read a book and then I usually forget which book that was! So, I don't know!
4. I like to be me! Natural, loosely, fun and creative! :)
Pearl: 1. I have some stories that I had written before I even joined Noble Novels which helps a lot! 2. Whenever I get permission to and no one else is using the computers! When I do get the computer, it would usually be in the afternoon. 3. The Chronicles of Narnia (C. S. Lewis) and The Melendy series (Elizabeth Enright). Both of these series are so fun to read especially The Chronicles of Narnia!!! My dad is reading me the Books of Ember which are also very interesting but the worldview is a little off. 4. I like writing both really wordy and concise but also with pretty good grammar. Probably depends if I'm in a hurry. :)
Kate: My questions are... What makes a hero? How do you write a heroine who is still feminine?
Jazzy:In my opinion, to create a strong heroine, you need these ingredients: A valiant, proud composure humility caring strong for the weak and purpose
This is a great question, Kate!
Holly: Really good and thought provoking questions Kate! What makes a hero in my mind is someone who is humble yet valiant, kind but strong, meek but not weak etc. Someone who has their whole focus on glorifying God!
As for writing heroines, I would agree with what Jazzy said along with just having a strong faith in Christ even when it is hard.
Other than that, I don't know what to say! Thanks for sharing these questions!
Faith: 1) In life, to make a hero, you must be so submitted to God that you(your sinful self) do nothing, it is only God who works through you. So each writer has to figure out how to best put that into their works.
2) If she is doing the above, she would be feminine. The Heroine does not have to be 'super woman', she has to be Christ seeking.
Kate: Thanks for commenting y'all! I loved your answers! I agree that if your heroine is following Christ, she will be heroic in a feminine way. And her ordinary acts of Christian service will be heroism by themselves. I love Faith's "not having to be super woman" analogy! After all, our mothers are heroines just for following Christ and caring for their families. ; )