Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Big Announcement

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Nicki Chapelway on A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses


Nicki, Welcome to Homeschooled Authors. Tell me us about yourself?
I'm a High School senior and have been Homeschooled my entire life. I'm the second oldest of six children. Lover of windy days, animals, and waterfalls.  I enjoy reading, writing, and, on occasion, coloring. During my free time not spent reading or writing, I can be found daydreaming, watching Lord of the Rings among other exceptional movies, or watching Period Dramas with my mom. Fantasy is my favorite genre and I love dragons.

What inspired you to write A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses?
My older sister was a writer and like any dutiful younger sibling, I wanted to be just like her. I grew up wanting to write, but I wasn't inspired to write A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses until I read Percy Jackson I was pulled in by Riordan's writing style and wanted to write a book similar to that about ordinary teenagers living through abnormal experiences.

You are republishing it. What led you to decide to do that?
When I first published this book, I was fifteen years old and only just starting off as a writer. I realized how much it needed to be changed, as I was trying to write the third book in the My Time in Amar series and saw that I had written myself into some corners. So I decided to go back to my earlier works and smooth out the writing.

What is Chelsa Welling's most endearing quality?
Her perseverance, she doesn't let anything get her down. Whatever life throws at her, she'll keep going. For her, giving up isn't an option.

What is her most frustrating characteristic?
Probably how dense she can sometimes be (as I'm sure many of my other characters would agree), how she can be so blind to what is going on around her, and her inability to accept change.

What have you enjoyed most about revisiting this book?
Getting to know my characters all over again. I was able to put in traits that I recognized in Chelsea, Easton, Clint, and Bobby while writing the second and even third book, making room for even deeper character development.

What is next for you?
Rewriting and republishing the second book in My Time in Amar: A Time of Trepidation, Pirates, and Lost Princesses; writing the third book in My Time in Amar; and I'm currently working on a couple of series that I hope to see published in the next few years.

Where can people keep up with you?
My Website:

Where can people buy the book?
Barnes and Noble:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rachel Starr Thomson on Your Kingdom Calling

Rachel, what have you been up to since your last visit to Homeschooled Authors?
Wow, so much has happened since then! In my writing life, the most significant things have been starting a new blog (Revelatory Creative, located at in 2015, releasing several new fiction series, and finally making the leap to "full-time" writer in early 2017. It's been a crazy ride with lots of ups and downs, but I've loved it.

What inspired Your Kingdom Calling?
The biggest inspiration for Your Kingdom Calling came in a pretty roundabout way. When I went full-time as a writer in 2017, I shared my story with my readers and used the language of "finding my calling" several times. I was caught off guard by how many people responded strongly to that -- so many just had questions and comments about the whole idea of calling. At the same time, so many people struggle with understanding where their natural gifts, talents, and abilities "fit," or even how they have any value at all. I think we all know instinctively that we were born with a higher purpose, and we're on a journey to figure it out. I decided to teach a course on the subject because I wanted to help people uncover their own gifts and callings, and also get free of a lot of false guilt that comes with lumping all "calling" into certain categories of ministry or similar things. Calling is a really powerful and freeing biblical concept when we really understand it.

What is one of the stories that has come out of the Your Kingdom Calling video course that has touched your heart?
I've been really touched by people who've written to say, "I've been doing this thing for thirty years and I never realized it was service to God and my calling in life. All this time I felt guilty that I wasn't doing ministry, and yet God has been using me here." I love helping people lift off that condemnation and expand their vision for the kingdom of God. I've also heard from several people that the course inspired them to launch something concrete, be it a new blog or a whole new career!

Where can people get their hands on the book and/or video course?
The book: (full disclosure: this is an affiliate link)
The course:

The course is a great investment in understanding your place in the kingdom of God, but it's not inexpensive, so I'd highly recommend reading the book first to see if it's a good fit for you. The book is free on Amazon and elsewhere :).

You are also about to release a fiction book, Seeds. Would you share they synopsis for that?
SEEDS: A Christian Fantasy actually released on January 21-22, so it's out and ready for purchase! Here's the synopsis:

In the fantasy world of Kepos Gé, a young woman flees her past by joining a frontier settlement on the edge of the wilderness. But she can’t escape the threats abroad in this new world — or the wild things growing in her own heart.

Something is deeply wrong in Jerusalem Valley, where the persecuted religious faction called Tremblers are trying to create a new society. As Linette Cole struggles toward acceptance and newfound faith, friends turn to enemies and enemies become friends.

Soon Linette will face the greatest challenge of her life:

Because words have been spoken.

And words grow.

SEEDS is page-turning Christian fantasy by acclaimed author Rachel Starr Thomson — a novel about a wild frontier, monsters in the shadows, and a world trying to hold onto a fragile peace even as dark forces conspire against them.

Rachel’s signature spiritual parallels make SEEDS a journey that will not only keep you reading, it will also strengthen your faith.

Buy it today.

What is next for you as a writer?
I always have several things on the go, but the sequel to SEEDS is high priority. I'll also be cowriting a nonfiction book in February along with my coauthors for FEARLESS: FREE IN CHRIST IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY. By the way, this last is another book you can get free from Amazon, for the time being--our goal is to give away 10,000 free copies, and we're halfway there! You can grab your copy here: (affiliate link as well).

Any final thoughts?
Being a writer is a huge blessing to me, and I'm grateful for everyone who has helped make it happen. Thanks to you and the HA readership for being a part of that journey as well!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Daniel Helland on More Than Conquerors

Daniel, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a homeschool graduate, the oldest of ten, and a twin. I love working on the farm, speech and debate, reading, history, video making, gospel music (southern and bluegrass) and apparently writing books of adventure and intrigue. I am what some might refer to as an unsophisticated simpleton: one who believes strongly that the Bible is God’s Word to us and is true in everything it says.

Everyone’s homeshooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
There was probably no one thing that made it unique. Really, homeschooling is a unique thing on its own in today’s culture. People tend to be surprised when they meet a family as large as mine and hear that we were all educated at home.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
It gave me a lot more time to write, and pursue certain subjects in greater depth, like the Reformation and the Huguenots.

What caused you to start writing?
Since I was a young kid I have always considered myself a writer and a storyteller. How this originated, I don’t know – but I was always writing stories, and fancied I was going to be the next Tolkien or Lewis. I used to be proud when I pumped out a 20 page story – my book More Than Conquerors is over 400 pages.

What inspired More than Conquerors?
First and foremost: the underlying history of the Huguenots, who were the Protestants in France during the Reformation. The King waged several wars against them to get rid of them because of their perceived threat to his ‘divine rights.’

Secondly, a growing desire to help people in our day, especially young people, see the epic and heroic nature of the Reformation – one of the most important moments in history – and realize that there are things worth fighting for, and battles worth fighting on principle, even when you are the losing side, the minority, and there is no victory in sight.

Would you give us a synopsis?
By the time the book ends, the reader will have traversed all over 16th century France, walked the halls of cathedrals and palaces, beheld giant armies on the field of battle, seen a beautiful coastal city under siege by a massive royal army, and trekked in the untamed jungles and forests of the New World. Nonetheless, the story starts small with three main characters living in Geneva, Switzerland. Theodore, an ordinary young man who wants to fight for the French Huguenots, Charles, an old veteran soldier who is still up for another adventure, and Johanne, a self-proclaimed man of reason who doesn’t want his nephew, Theodore, to waste his life in a war-torn country. The threesome embarks on an adventure far wider in scope than anything they had ever imagined.

Who will enjoy More than Conquerors?
I think regardless of your age, your interests, or the genres you usually read, the characters and times in More Than Conquerors will captivate you as they did for me. Some older people read the book and helped me edit it and they enjoyed it, and I have also received good feedback from audiences younger than myself. Even Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, said the “best of all were the Huguenots.” I’m inclined to agree with him.
Buy it here.

Do you plan to write more books?
I do – More Than Conquerors took two or three years of brainstorming, writing and revision, and the next book might as well, so be patient!

Where can people connect with you online?
Facebook: danielhellandjr
Youtube: Daniel in the Writer’s Den

Do you have any final thoughts?
I’ll just leave with some advice for other writers and upcoming authors who, like me, have been writing for a very long time but perhaps have not yet published something – actually a quote on recycling from C.S. Lewis.

“When you give up a bit of work don’t (unless it is hopelessly bad) throw it away. Put it in a drawer. It may come in useful later. Much of my best work, or what I think my best, is the re-writing of things begun and abandoned years earlier.”

Monday, February 5, 2018

Angie Thompson on Bridgers

Angie, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I'm Angie, and I'm a homeschool author...  :D

I count homeschooling one of the greatest blessings of my life, mostly because I got to spend so much time surrounded by my wonderful family!  I'm the oldest of eight (six boys and two girls) and was homeschooled for most of my life, minus a brief public school stint in sixth and seventh grade when my mom was dealing with serious health problems. 

I've always enjoyed "making up stories"--although I'm not always diligent about writing them down--and I've loved books ever since I taught myself to read at three years old.  (True story.)  Although I've been writing for years, this is my first venture into the world of publishing, and it's been both scary and very exciting!  When not writing or reading, I enjoy crafting, working with kids, and spending time with my family.

Most importantly, I'm a child of God, saved by His grace, whose deepest desire is to honor and please Him, and my prayer is that He will use the words I write to touch and bless others.

Everyone’s homeshooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
This probably isn't unique in the one-of-a-kind sense, but my favorite part of my homeschool experience was getting to help my younger brothers and sister with their schoolwork.  I have one brother who used to do his work lying on the floor under my desk and pass his book up through the keyboard tray if he had a question.  I also got to help teach my three youngest siblings to read with the assistance of a cute red panda puppet.  Okay, maybe that part is pretty unique!  I also had quite the reputation for calling my mom with a question, then figuring out the answer myself as I was trying to explain it to her.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
Of course, I did all the normal (and probably some abnormal) writing exercises in school.  I still can't bring myself to use an "and then," and I'm pretty sure that stems from the writing checklist we were supposed to use in one curriculum or another!  But I think the biggest influence from my time in homeschool was that I was allowed (read "more-than-strongly-encouraged") to read good and wholesome books instead of the questionable-or-worse content I would have been subjected to in public school.  When I realized how small the pool of good and "safe" literature really was, I was all the more motivated to try to write the kinds of books my parents and I would have been comfortable having me read.

What caused you to start writing?
Writing in the sense of putting words on paper?  Probably my desire to share and preserve the stories I was always creating in my head.  Writing in the sense of weaving stories and exploring imaginary characters?  I don't think anyone could tell you that; according to my mom, I've been doing it since I was a toddler.

What inspired Bridgers: A Parable?
 I was listening to a kids' audio drama that I discovered through the Audio Theatre Central podcast (not necessarily relevant, but I do consider the podcast the start of my inspiration chain), and I came across an episode that was modeled after the parable of the Good Samaritan.  That story got me thinking and wondering how I would choose to frame the parable if I was translating it to a modern-day setting, and after some thought and prayer (and quite a bit of writing), the result was Bridgers!

Would you give us a synopsis?
 Three boys. One choice. No turning back.

Peyton is a rising star in the church who is well on the way to reaching his biggest dreams. Levi is a pastor's son struggling to live up to his faith under pressure from all sides. DaVonte is a kid from the wrong side of town who would be content if he and his friends were just left alone.

When an act of violence presents a sudden decision, each boy's answer will shake the community to its core and shape its future forever. Love and truth face off against fear and pride in this modern extension of one of Jesus' best-known parables.

Who will enjoy Bridgers: A Parable?
 I think the target audience is probably young teens, although I admit that I'm not really good at picking a target audience--mostly because I've read just about every level at just about every age.  I do know that the adults who have read it have really enjoyed it.  There's a note in the front of the book listing issues that parents of younger children should be aware of--a few references to life in an inner-city-type setting that were hard to avoid--but I think that with appropriate guidance, it would be enjoyable for preteens and high-reading younger children as well.

Do you plan to write more books?
Definitely!  No sequels to this book planned at the moment, but I have literally dozens of ideas in my files, and new ones keep popping up all the time--a lot like this one did.

Where can people connect with you online?
 My website (also contains behind-the-scenes insights and trivia)--
 My Goodreads page--

Do you have any final thoughts?
I'm so blessed and thankful to have been allowed to share with you all.  I'm very excited to have discovered this site and can't wait to explore the work of my fellow homeschool authors!  If you have any other questions or comments about me or my book, I'd love to hear from you.  God bless!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Millie Florence on Honey Butter

Millie, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.         
I am very adventurous and love to try new things, whether new foods or new experiences. I love cooking, hiking, ziplines, travel, skateboarding, acting, and backpacking. I drink lots of tea and am the oldest of five, and a hardcore lover of the color yellow. Last year I published my first book, Honey Butter, at age thirteen.

Everyone’s homeshooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
I think my family and my homeschool has a great balance of both technology and nature. My dad has a technology-based job, and my mom is really into nature, health, and art. My mom usually takes care of the literature side of things in my family’s learning: reading, writing, history. My dad generally does the science, math, and logic. I’m learning about both medicinal herbs and robotics.

We’re a perfect team.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
Homeschooling gives me the freedom to go at my own pace, to discover my talents and strong points as well as take some time to strengthen my weak points. Homeschooling lets me be creative and flexible. I can do math in my treehouse or compose a rap about the scientist I’m studying. Just talking with my parents over lunch about something interesting that I read can be school, and the things I love to do, like writing, count towards my education. Plus, not being surrounded by the pop culture of public school lets me see the world in a different way, and seeing the world in a different way is what writing is all about.

In other words, homeschooling prepared me to write by giving me the time, the freedom, and making me, me.

What caused you to start writing?
I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write. Even when I was only around four years old I can remember telling stories under the covers at night when I was supposed to be asleep. I read constantly, and even before I could read well I listened to classics like A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, and Anne of Green Gables. Before I could type I would have one of my parents stand by the computer and type down everything I said, telling my story aloud. Once I grew better at reading and typing there was no stopping me, I read voraciously, and wrote as much as I could. Honey Butter was the first book I ever finished a complete draft of. For years that was my big problem; I had too many ideas and sticking with one was a huge challenge. Add that to the fact that I was a perfectionist with words and therefore very slow to get them down, and you can see why for many years I made very little headway with any book. With Honey Butter I was finally able to let myself write messy with the first draft and leave the revisions for later. After finishing the first draft I didn’t see any reason not to move forward and make it publication worthy. Honey Butter went through many major revisions to become the book it is today. It was a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it!

What inspired Honey Butter?
 It started with the paint cards. About a year and a half ago my family was doing some work on our house, which meant a lot of trips to the paint store. While my parent discussed colors, returned samples, and looked at prices, my four siblings and I usually hung out in the sample card area.
Having nothing better to do, I spent the time reading the names of the colors and was soon enchanted by how the simple word combinations could call to mind a picture in my head. I love wordplay, and had written many stories before I started Honey Butter, so the interesting names naturally appealed to me.
At first, I started taking a few home, making sets of colors as a sort of character development game. After a while, I had a small collection and then came the idea that started Honey Butter. What if I created a story about a character who was obsessed with paint cards? Before long I discovered a picture in my head of the main character, a stubborn seven-year-old girl with a battered blue shoebox under her arm. And from that small seed of a story, my book grew.

Would you give us a synopsis?
Jamie Johnson is a seven-year-old girl with an annoying older sister, a short attention span, and an odd hobby of collecting paint sample cards.

Laren Lark is an almost thirteen-year-old girl with a love of books, a talent for poetry, and a past full of road school adventures.

This book is a whimsical story about what happened to them one fateful summer, with a pound of friendship, a gallon of family, and a ton of everyday joy.

Who will enjoy Honey Butter?
Honey Butter is a children’s middle-grade novel, but I wrote it to be enjoyable for the whole family. It’s a great option for parents to read aloud with their kids.

Do you plan to write more books?
I can’t imagine not writing more books! Currently, I’m working on a children’s poetry book, and a fantasy novel. Both are in the early stages, so I can’t reveal much about them yet. ;)

Where can people connect with you online?
My Blog:
My instagram:
My Goodreads:
Honey Butter on Amazon:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Priscilla J. Krahn on Mission of a Lifetime.

Priscilla, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I graduated from Krahn Homeschool in 2015 and am currently living on our family farm, helping where I can and writing in my free time. Growing up as the youngest of seven, I took advantage of my older siblings' books and reading became a part of me at a young age.  My first book was self-published when I was seventeen, and now, at the age of twenty, I have six books self-published, and one traditionally published through Ambassador International. Personality wise, I like to describe myself like my purse, bling on one side, camo on the other side, and the cross in the center. Depending on what settings you know me in, you might think of me as a loud tomboy who likes ice hockey, hunting and fishing, or you might think of me as a shy girl who likes bling, shopping, and coffee drinks.

Everyone’s homeshooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
One thing that really sticks out to me about my homeschooling experience, was how organized it was. My mom would write out lesson plans for us that went through the whole year, and kept us on schedule. Also, growing up on a farm, we got lots of 'field trips'. My parents took our farm, and in my high-school years, the family corn maze, and used them to teach us about running businesses, and having employees. A lot of the lessons in my school were backed by real-life hands-on experiences. I also feel that my parents did a great job with making time to incorporate travel into our schooling. Through different competitions and conventions, I had the opportunity to travel all over America learning things that I would never have learned from behind a desk.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
My mom knew that I liked to write when I was still pretty young, so all through my homeschool years, she made sure to have me do a lot of curriculum geared towards writers. When I was thirteen, she got me the One Year Adventure Novel high-school writing curriculum, and that's what really started helping my writing improve. I'm very grateful that my parents didn't make me stick to the traditional education and schooling hours, but instead, they customized our school experience, to help us in what we were interested. For some of my brothers, it was taking extra mechanic classes, and for others, it was taking intense music classes. For me, it was allowing me to have the time I needed to write, and the material to help me improve.

What caused you to start writing?
I've always like to write, and even my earliest childhood notebooks have stories scribbled in them. I always dreamed of being published some day, but I knew it probably would never happen. Then, one day, one of my brothers told me I would never get published. He went so far as to say that if I ever did get published, he would help with the expenses. That's when I KNEW that I was going to get published. I had him write out his promise and sign it, and when I was seventeen, I returned the note to him stamped 'Paid in Full'. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today if it weren't for my supportive family. They all encourage me, inspire me, and help as much as they can.

What inspired Mission of a Lifetime?
This sounds kind of funny, but I actually got the inspiration for Mission of a Lifetime through a dream I had! The dream, while NOTHING like the book, got me thinking about the intense and dangerous situations that missionaries face, and ideas began flowing. I was working on some other books at the time, but I knew I was eventually going to write Mission of a Lifetime.

Would you give us a synopsis?
A missing airplane . . . Hostile tribes . . . Mysterious kidnappings . . .
Responsibility falls upon twenty-one-year-old William Rodriguez when his missionary parents disappear in the hostile jungles of Columbia. Willie knows that he has to go find them, but what will it cost him? When his dreams and his very life are on the line, Willie doesn’t know who to trust. Will he be able to overcome his past mistakes and the present failure that seems set on destroying his mission?
When Willie finds himself in the midst of a drug smuggling ring, difficult decisions are thrust upon him. Can he escape his captors before his family is killed? Can he find forgiveness in his heart for the very people who ruined his life or will it only bring back more painful memories? Will he be able to survive the mission of a lifetime?

Who will enjoy Mission of a Lifetime?
If you enjoy intense drama, and adventure, you will enjoy Mission of a Lifetime. It is specifically written for 14-25 year old guys, but has been enjoyed by both men and women of all ages.

Do you plan to write more books?
Yes! As a writer, I'm ALWAYS writing something, and I'm currently working on a trilogy of mystery adventure novels for ages 9-14.

Where can people connect with you online?
I blog at -
My business Facebook page is -
I can also be found on Goodreads, Google+, and my Amazon author page.

Do you have any final thoughts?
The world of writing is both difficult, and rewarding. If you're a beginning writer, or a parent trying to encourage a young writer, don't give up. Keep at it! Even if you never get a word published, don't get discouraged. One of the things that has kept me going over the years is my favorite verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In EVERYTHING give thanks, for this IS THE WILL OF GOD; in Christ Jesus concerning YOU." When we realize that God's will for our lives is to be thankful in EVERYTHING, then whether we're writing or not, we can have the joy of the Lord, which is my strength.