Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Have Books, Will Travel: Part 2

Rebekah Morris ~ We haven't done a lot of traveling this summer, so I haven't had a chance to take my HA books on many outings. But a shady front porch in a comfortable chair with stacks of good books to read sounds delightful to me, no matter where that porch is! I only grabbed a few of our many HA books to join me in this photo, but my kindle is holding many more than you can see!!!

Kyleigh Dunn ~ All but one of my Homeschooled Authors books are on my phone, and I kept forgetting to take a picture on our recent Japan adventures, but here’s a photo of us at the safari park at the base of Mount Fuji, taken with my phone, which I was using to read a HA book on the bus to the park! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Have Books, Will Travel: Part 1

Our books with us as we travel around during the summer

Sarah Brown

Sarah Beth Brazytis ~ We haven’t done much traveling yet this year – we tend to enjoy the cooler fall weather for trips – but I did take along a copy of The Apprentices on a visit to Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio in July. This beautiful formal garden is part of a 47-acre estate surrounding a manor house, and always reminds me of the scenes when George and Geoffrey are running about with Melbourne, Lady Luckley’s tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

Claire M. Banschbach ~ I have almost an entire bookshelf full of HA books, and most of my kindle app is filled with HA books as well, so I included as many as I could. And you can pretty much bet that if any of the books you see are in a series, then I have the rest of that series somewhere. :) (Also special thanks to my sisters who helped me cart around all the books. :P)

Morgan  Huneke

Nicole Sager ~ I took some books to the Sight & Sound theatre, "Where the Bible comes to life!" The current production in Branson is Moses, and it is absolutely incredible! #seaswillpart

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Just Like Me: Part 3

Sarah Brown ~ This was a hard question.... I suppose the easy answer would be to choose the character from my own books that is most like me: The little girl in Learning Lessons From Furry Friends and the young lady from Cheeper named Sarah Brown! But that's too much like cheating. I'm trying to think of a character who actually isn't me, but whom I related to the most..... Hmmmm.... I've got it! That would be Virginia from Janette Oke's Prairie Legacy series. She has her struggles, she wants so badly to be accepted and popular, but ultimately it's most important to her surrender to Jesus, live for Him, and share Him with her closest friends (even if she never sees fruit from her labors). I related to Virginia, and I saw a lot of myself in her struggles, and her triumphs.

Kyleigh Dunn ~ I’m sure there’s someone better, but off the top of my head one of the characters I have identified with most in any book I’ve read is Eowyn from Lord of the Rings. I was a bit of a tomboy growing up and her struggles and desires and path to marriage to Faramir was something that I often thought “that’s me!” about while reading.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Just Like Me: Part 2

Aubrey Hansen ~ I think the somewhat alarming truth we authors eventually realize is that all of our characters are like us, in different ways.  Bits and pieces of ourselves get scattered across our stories as we subconsciously work through internal struggles and express our view of the world.  As such, I’ve come to realize in retrospect that all the main characters of my other novel Peter’s Angel contain facets of me—whether it’s how I perceive myself, how I perceive my weaknesses, or the kind of person I wish I was.

Sarah Brazytis ~ Well, there is just one book in particular that my sisters and I enjoy assigning characters from to each other…
I am Winnie-ther-Pooh! 
(“Don’t you know what ‘ther’ means?”)
I enjoy taking walks in the woods with my sister, Piglet.
“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this…
I also like listening to my other sister, Rabbit.
“I listened, but I had a small piece of fluff in my ear. Could you say it again, please, Rabbit?”
Rabbit never minded saying things again, so he asked where he should begin from…
Whenever we’re in a puzzle, we run to our mother, Christopher Robin.
“Hush!” said Rabbit, holding up his paw. “What does Christopher Robin think about it all? That’s the point.”
Because somehow Christopher Robin always knows what to say…
“I have been Foolish and Deluded,” said [Pooh], “and I am a Bear of No Brain at All.”
“You’re the Best Bear in All the World,” said Christopher Robin soothingly.
“Am I?” said Pooh hopefully. And then he brightened up suddenly.
“Anyhow,” he said, “it is nearly Luncheon Time.”
So he went home for it.

J. Grace Pennington ~ Probably the book character most like me would be Katharine from Stepping Heavenward.  I relate so much with her emotions and her struggles and her passionate personality.  Another option would be Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables.  I share her imagination, idealism, and passionate emotions.

Rebekah Morris ~ As soon as someone asks what character I’m the most like in a book, I know what answer to give. Sara, in my book “Gift from the Storm,” is me with the wrong name. Yep, her personality is me all over again. She was very fun and easy to write about, by the way. So, if you want to know what I’m like, read Gift from the Storm and pay attention to Sara.

Kate Willis ~ The older sister Kate in my book is me, so that’s an easy one. ;) I'm also a mixture of the rusty, big-hearted Tinman; book hungry Liesel Meminger; awkward but loyal Molly Hooper; and practical adventurer Polly Plummer. (Though I most identify with the Swedish Chef Muppet.)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Just Like me: Part 1

We asked our authors: What is the book character that is most like you? (It can be from your own books).

Jenelle Leanne Schmidt ~ I think the book characters that are most like me (outside of my own creation: Kamarie) would be Princess Cimorene from Patricia C. Wrede’s “The Enchanted Forest Chronicles” or Anne Shirley from “Anne of Green Gables.” They are both true “kindred spirits.”
Cimorene is practical and no-nonsense. Like me, she has a lot of common sense and tends to approach problems logically. She also has a sense of adventure and an unquenchable spirit. She is not cowed or discouraged when things go awry, but lifts her chin and keeps trying.
Anne Shirley, on the other hand, is like me because of her vast and active imagination. She is also just a little socially awkward at times, but doesn’t care that she takes people aback with the things she says and does that are a little bit “off the wall,” so to speak.

Sarah Holman ~ Of my own books, it would be Maria Morris of the Destiny Trilogy. She is my own version of a self-portrait. Of other works, I would have to go with Emma from Jane Austen's work of the same title. I often think I am doing a good thing, but need to be corrected (now if only I could find my Mr. Knightly).

Nicole Sager ~ I relate a lot to Elinor Dashwood from Sense & Sensibility. I have [shamefully] not yet read the book, but I loved the films, took the quizzes (hehe, anyone else?!), and have a very dear friend who tells me reading the book is like reading a story about me. I take that as quite a compliment, because I think Elinor is a pretty neat lady ;)

Morgan Huneke ~ One of the characters I relate to the most is Emily Byrd Starr from L.M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon trilogy. I used to think I was Anne, but then I discovered Emily. Emily is imaginative just like Anne—just like me—but she’s more serious about writing. Her devotion to writing, even the period where she couldn’t write, her “flash,” so many aspects of her personality and story. I’ve been blessed with a much better family situation, a much more supportive family, but still, the similarities between me and Emily Starr are insane.

Claire Banschbach ~ I find pieces of myself in quite a few books and in most of the stories I write. But the character that I think is most like me is one of my own characters named Gregory. Yes, obviously there’s a gender difference, but we’re a lot alike. As I was writing him, I realized he was an introvert, highly loyal to his friends and family, occasionally struggling to find his place in the world and what his faith means to him. He’s a bit more snarky than I am and a lot braver because of the things I put him through, but out of all the characters I’ve written, he’s the one I identify most with.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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