Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rachelle Rea Cobb | Author Interview

Today, author Rachelle Rea Cobb is joining us with an interview! Rachelle is celebrating the first birthday of her novel, The Sound of Silver. You can find out more about the celebration on Rachelle's blog here.

Me: How did The Steadfast Love series happen? What was the very first seed of inspiration that you remember?
Rachelle: Driving home from college, I was listening to the radio, because country music is my favorite. Some thread of some song popped this random thought into my head: that sounds like diamonds. So I wrote a whole book to figure out just what that meant. ;)

Me: When you first started writing The Steadfast Love series, what kind of dreams did you have for it? Did you see these dreams realized -- or did those dreams change?
Rachelle: What a sweet question! No one’s ever asked me that before. Well, I didn’t write Dirk & Gwyn’s story to become the next J.K. Rowling and make a million dollars. LOL ;) To be honest, from the very first page, I dreamed that Diamonds would be my very first published book. That was so against the odds, since I was a nobody with no writing credits and it was my first foray into writing historical inspirational fiction. But God gave me my dream. The whole process, from putting in ink The End to signing my name on the publishing contract for all three books, was joyous.

Me: How long did The Steadfast Love series take from start to finish? What did you learn in this journey?
Rachelle: I wrote Diamonds in three months, the summer after my sophomore year of college. I wrote Silver in six months. Emeralds took me a year—and definitely taught me the most. It took a lot out of me and meant a lot of emotion. But several people have told me it’s their favorite, so it was effort well spent.

Me: Do you have any future plans for writing novels?
Rachelle: Yes! I have a Top Secret project on my editor’s desk right now. We’ll see what God’s plans are…

Me: Do you find much of your real life reflected on the pages of your novels?
Rachelle: Absolutely. I think every writer invests a bit of their heart into their stories, even if the story looks nothing like the author’s real life. I certainly have no experience being on the run for my religion, like Gwyn does, or knowing what it’s like to be framed for murder, as Dirk suffers. But seeds of similarities draw themselves out to me. Like Gwyn has lost her grandfather, whom she was very close to, before the novel begins. My grandpa, to whom I dedicated Diamonds, went Home in 2011. Gwyn has trouble seeing, and I wear contacts. J

Me: What is the #1 piece of advice you'd give to an aspiring writer?
Rachelle: Read, read, read. You can’t learn to pilot a plane by watching one soar across the sky, but you can glean so much by reading good books by good authors. Just don’t forget to practice what you learn by writing!

Me: What are three non-writing things you enjoy doing?
Rachelle: Playing with my dogs, watching movies with my family, and hanging out with my husband.

Me: Okay, now for some 1-word answers (if possible ;))
Favorite verse? Isaiah 30:18
Favorite color? Orange
Coffee, hot chocolate, or hot tea? None. I’m a cold drink girl. Smoothie, juice, and water.
Winter or summer? Summer!!

Can a book be read a dozen times? ;) Absolutely! I think I’ve read Hope was Here by Joan Bauer at least that many times.

ABOUT The Steadfast Love Series
In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, a half-Dutch Catholic, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?


Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago--her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. During college, Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She's a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South.


Instagram: @RachelleReaCobb

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kingdom Pen's Best Music for Writing

Greetings all, John J. Horn here.

I stumbled onto the email list for Kingdom Pen some time ago. They're a fun community of young Christian writers who put out some good content and swag.

I enjoyed their infographic compilation of "the top 110 songs for every moment of your story." I figure you might enjoy it as well. :)

See infographic here.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Five Benefits of Negative (Constructive) Feedback

Sending a story to early readers is a moment of elation as well as quivering nerves. We writers invest time, thought, and love in our projects and we can only hope that others will enjoy them—or at least appreciate our efforts. We want the excited, all-caps response, “It was AMAZING! I was blown away by every sentence. BRILLIANT WORK. Absolutely nothing to change!”

While such feedback is encouraging, it’s not likely to come from all quarters, and there are real benefits to not-so-excited, or even negative, constructive responses (part of what's called 'constructive criticism').

(I’m not advocating harsh criticism of others' work. There’s a difference between that and pointing out problematic areas in a spirit of love and genuine care in helping a friend craft a better book.)