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The Tethered World: An Interview With Heather L.L. FitzGerald

By Brent King On February 15, 2016 12 Comments

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the tethered worldThe time has come for The Tethered World to shout out its existence! Needless to say, Heather is excited (and swamped). I caught up with her in the middle of her pre blog tour overload and procured the answers to a few fascinating questions about her and her debut novel:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

This is sort of a blurry answer in my brain. I had a long list of things I wanted to do as a child. Writing a book was on that list, I remember distinctly. Though English and creative writing were a favorite subject, I didn’t go to college because there wasn’t anything that




My Story: The One-In-Seven-Billion Me

By Brent King On January 19, 2016 No Comments

“Tell your story. Don’t try and tell the stories that other people can tell. Any starting writer starts out with other people’s voices. But as quickly as you can start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there will always be better writers than you and there will always be smarter writers than you, but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman

my story

With over seven billion people in the world today, one can feel like they’re just another brick in the wall. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a big story being told in our world, with each of us telling it from the position of protagonist. No one else lives in my exclusive place. No one else possesses my combination




Daniel and the Sun Sword Blog Tour Day 4: An Interview with Nathan Lumbatis

By Brent King On December 17, 2015 No Comments

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One of the things I love about writing is interacting with other authors that are as excited about creating fantasy tales as I am. Nathan Lumbatis is one of those authors, and today I am privileged to interview him and promote his book, Daniel and the Sun Sword. So, let’s get started:

Nathan, where did you grow up, and how did your hometown (or other places you have lived) inspire your writing?

I grew up in Newville, AL, which is surrounded by the well-known towns of Podunk, Boondocks, and The Sticks.

Growing up in the country absolutely inspired my writing. When you’re walking through old, spooky forests and you find an abandoned shack overtaken by nature, it’s hard to not let your mind start making up stories. Who lived there? What happened in their lives?




Introducing The Fiercest Fight

By Brent King On November 22, 2015 No Comments

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The Fiercest Fight Will Help You Think About Reality In A New Way

It was CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien that set me on the path to write Christian fantasy. What captured my imagination was that these stories contain moral truth “in solution” rather than the way that we are usually accustomed to receiving it. I believe that there are some aspects of truth that can only be seen in this way.

Fantasy explores the unseen realities of truth symbolically. Though it is not reality, it can provide a way to think about reality. As children, imagination is how we engage in understanding our world and ourselves. Part of our journey of self-discovery involves experiencing different modes of being. We are all still children.

Why A Werewolf Story?

For many years I have




Daniel and the Sun Sword Trailer

By Brent King On June 27, 2015 No Comments

As a child/adolescent therapist, Nathan knows how to speak to the hearts of kids. So many kids don’t understand how important they are in their sphere of influence. Consequently, Nathan invests a lot of energy into teaching them how to redeem their stories. This has been his vocation for years, but now it is taking a new turn. He has taken the biblical principles he uses in therapy and forged them into a novel.

That novel, Daniel and the Sun Sword is drawing very near to being published, and today it is my esteemed privilege to reveal its trailer.

Daniel-and-the-Sun-Sword-Cover--215x300Many of us have been waiting a long time to see Nathan’s book. Daniel and the Sun Sword will be released next month.

The book will be available in July, but on Amazon.com and B&N.com you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed




A Space For a Story of Our Own

By Brent King On June 22, 2015 3 Comments

Writing desk_optJust the other night I watched Bilbo Baggins sitting at the desk in his study at Bag End. Something moved me in the ambiance of the picture, something about the paper, the ink…the architecture. A fire flickered at a hearth that was the same shape as the inspiration that streamed through his window.

The image of Bilbo with pen and ink touches me because it reminds me of what I experience at my desk. Surrounded by my favorite things, I fancy I feel the same as Bilbo when he penned “There and Back Again.”

We all have those special places that draw out the best from us, and what works for me will not necessarily work for you. Recently, I asked some author friends to share their writing spaces with me. As I




A Time to Die Blog Hop

By Brent King On October 27, 2014 No Comments

“Teach us, O Lord, to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom…”

If I had one year left to live, what would I do?

A Time to DieThe premise of Nadine Brandes’ new book is a real thought provoker. Throughout the last decade I have thought about it a lot. What does death mean to me? How does it affect my life? I have come to realize that life can’t mean anything unless death does. Peter Kreeft expands this:

“…if death is not meaningful, then life, in the final analysis, is not meaning-full. For death is the final analysis. If there is nothing at the end of the road, then the road leads nowhere, points to nothing, means nothing” (Love is Stronger Than Death).

Every hour is




The Word Changers Review

By Brent King On June 10, 2014 No Comments

thewordchangerscoverartfinalWhere better to learn the great themes of life and soul than in a story? We try to learn them through the story we write in the book of our life. Yet often they become clearer to us as we experience them vicariously through a book on our shelf. But what if our participation in this book went beyond our imagination? What if we could enter its pages, breath its air, and change its Plot?

With strong metaphors, Ashlee Willis takes us into such an adventure. Life is a story, and Ashlee’s—no, Posy’s—story is about life. I fell into her story and found within its magic a land like mine, where joy, sadness, and sacrifice shape its pages. Truthfully, there were times when I forgot that I wasn’t actually there with Posy,




A Crucial Practice

By Brent King On March 19, 2014 2 Comments

hands claspingOne of the most important things about being a part of a writing community is supporting other writers within our genre, especially during the excitement of a new book launch. Have we found authors, especially those just starting out, whose work we love? Then it is crucial to support them in any way we can. This is more important than marketing our own work, so important that I wonder why more attention hasn’t been given to it. Here are a few things we can do to give our author friends a boost, no matter where they live.

Buy Their Book

Buying an author’s new release, either for ourself or as gifts for family and friends, can make a huge difference in the success of their launch.

Post Reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Your Blog

Positive reviews play a key part in




Happy Birthday C.S. Lewis!

By Brent King On November 25, 2013 No Comments

How did you come to know C.S. Lewis? Were you like the young man in this video, reading Narnia at age 4? So many of my friends have great stories of their adventures as a child in the land of Narnia. I don’t.

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It wasn’t age 4 for me. I discovered C.S. Lewis late in life. I grew up reading parascience, theology, and how-to books. I read encyclopedias and dictionaries. I wrote letters – thousands of letters, but I rarely knew the joy of stories except as crafted them in the letters I wrote.

That all changed when my children were young. As we read the stories of Lewis together it was music to my ears. I drank up his stories and books like a thirsty man in a desert.

Other authors followed: JRR Tolkien,




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