Thursday, December 20, 2007

Inkygirl Caption!

A nice surprise after a day under the weather - my caption was chosen in Inkygirl's Santa Cartoon Caption Challenge. Go here to see it!

And this week CFBA is featuring Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman. I haven't found time to read it yet, but I've read several of her Claire books and she's an awesome writer!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Exclusive Bits from Ted Dekker Interview

For my recent article on Ted Dekker (go here first to read it if you haven't yet), I had the privilege of chatting with him on the phone and got far more information than I could fit in my article. Here are a few extras for you!

"Writing is a discovery process. I don't write to teach, I write to discover. So every time I tell a story I'm rediscovering the same things over and over again, because as it turns out truth is timeless."

When I first started talking with him, he joked about the questions I'd sent him being so broad. "Narrow is better, like what color are your socks?"

On Adam (Spring 2008): “It's going to become known as, without question, my most gripping psychological thriller.”

About the Circle Trilogy: "Sales aren't going down, it's got tremendous legs. It keeps going and going and going as it spreads and spreads and spreads."

About Color #4: "I can't tell you, I wish I could tell you the device I'm going to use but I can't do that until I've actually figured out exactly how that is [going to work]." I'm really curious about this - the writing device he's going to use. And which color for the title. Any guesses? My initial idea is Green - the one additional color featured on the book covers and on the Circle Pendant. But given Ted's love of surprise, I could be completely wrong.

When I asked about the books he loved growing up, he said that in 9th grade Stephen King's The Stand "set my imagination on fire." He teaches his children (he has four, ages 10-21) to see Moulin Rouge, one of his favorite movies, as a passion play. Other favorite movies include The Matrix, The Abyss, and Amadeus.

When I told him about my reaction to Thr3e (walked around for an hour saying, "Wow" over and over) , he told me I should be sharing that instead of interviewing him - that readers respond to other readers' experiences. So here are my reviews of Ted Dekker's novels:

The Martyr's Song

For a list of all of Ted's books, go here.

Hope you enjoy these "deleted" bits! Be sure to stop by and comment on (and rate if you wish) the article itself!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ted Dekker Article on Christian Music Planet!

My article on bestselling novelist Ted Dekker is up on Christian Music Planet! Click over for the scoop on Ted's upcoming books, purpose in writing, and inspiration. Then come back here tomorrow for exclusive info and quotes I didn't have room for in the article!

Be sure to keep visiting Christian Music Planet for my author profiles as well as Q&As, features, contests, and the latest music news.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Minor Protection Act

It is December 1st, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book's FIRST chapter!

This month's feature author is:

and her book:

The Minor Protection Act
Musterion (December 1, 2005)


Jodi Cowles caught the travel bug when her parents took her on her first international flight at six months of age. Since then she’s been in over 30 countries. Along the way she’s gotten locked out of her cabin on an all night train to Kiev, helped deliver a baby in Indonesia, taught English in South Korea, gone spelunking in Guam, hiked the Golan Heights and laid bricks in Zimbabwe. Her interest in politics stems from hunting Easter eggs on the south lawn of the White House as a child. For her 30th birthday she ran the LA Marathon and promised to get serious about publishing. Jodi resides in Boise, Idaho and this is her first novel.

Click the FIRST button to read the first chapter.