When I was in high school, my sights were set on earning a scholarship to law school. I had the grades for it. In my class, the competition was always for second place, because first place was mine. As the national exams approached, some of my teachers thought I would rank among the best students […]
The Pastor’s Place in Romance: Guest Post by Emily Dana Botrous
Today on the InspyRomance blog, I’m delighted to welcome my friend Emily Dana Botrous. She writes thoughtful, Christ-centred, realistic romance with some of the most well-developed characters I’ve ever read. I’ll shut up now, and let Emily speak! What is your first thought when you hear “romantic hero”? A fearless firefighter, perhaps. A generous billionaire. […]
What’s the Big Deal About Cowboys?
Anyone with even a passing interest in Christian romance must have noticed the stampede of cowboys sweeping their way into the bestseller charts. Seeing as I’ve never met a cowboy and can just about distinguish the hindquarters of a horse from its face, I’ll probably never write in this niche. But I like to keep […]
Am I a Thrift Store Hypocrite?
Yesterday an author friend and I were chatting about our ebook and paperback buying habits. We discovered that we mainly buy ebooks: me because I love reading on my ereader and I like to get the book straight away, and she because she lives in a non-English speaking country. Shipping print books to her costs […]
Is Any Story Really New?
Several months ago, as I scribbled down a rough concept for an upcoming book, an unpleasant thought hit me. My main characters and plot reminded me of a famous work of 19th century fiction. Horrified, I considered scrapping the idea and starting afresh. What if people judged my book as an inferior copy of a […]
Romance in the Workplace + Giveaway
Do you work outside the home? It’s been a while since I had an office-based job. I’ve been a stay-at-home mother now for far longer than I was a single, working woman. But for over a decade, I worked long hours in a professional role and my career was a huge part of my life. […]
When Life Gets Crazy Busy
My children and I play a hilarious video game called Overcooked. It’s a multiplayer game, most fun when three or more players work together as a team. The goal in each level is to cook and serve meals to customers in a restaurant. But your kitchen isn’t just any kitchen. Every few seconds, your ingredients […]
We Are All Works in Progress
Some authors possess an amazing superpower. They can write their books in just one draft and barely need revisions. They pass the manuscript over to an editor who then makes some minor copy edits, and the book is ready for publication. It’s all so neat and civilised. I am not one of those writers. My […]
What Should Girls Look For in a Husband?
I turned forty-seven this year. No question about it: I’m closer to a seasoned crone than a fresh-faced debutante. As I get longer in the tooth, I’m increasingly drawn to writing stories about people my own age. At around the half-century mark, life often looks rather different than it did twenty-odd years before. There’s a […]
Seventeen years ago, my husband and I met on an internet dating service. It was founded by a Christian clinical psychologist, and it took the issue of compatibility very seriously. That’s why I chose it over other more casual dating services. Before my husband and I were paired with anyone, we went through over 500 […]
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