Monday, April 16, 2018

Ruby Mae on Seeking Refuge

Ruby Mae, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thanks so much! I'm feel so excited and blessed to be here! Okay, well, I was born into the kingdom of God when I was eighteen, in the year of 2012. I have a wonderful dad and momma. I'm the eldest of eight children in my family. Besides writing, I love to sing, read, draw, paint, craft, fish, hike, camp, etc. . . Just about anything really. Let's see, oh, and I also write romance while never being on a date before in my life.

Everyone's homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
Oh wow, tough question. Like most homeschool families, I'm sure it's hard to compare because everyone has their school, their way, in their homes. But my journey as a homeschool student was an amazing blessing that I wouldn't trade for anything. I traveled to many different states while homeschooling; seeing a lot of God's magnificent creation. The flexibility while doing homeschool allowed me and my family to go on many fun adventures, abundant with unique experiences I wouldn't have experienced otherwise. Including: singing southern gospel at the Great Smoky Mountains Welcome Center, Singing to and visiting folks in the nursing homes, helping the poor and homeless, doing a traveling children's entertainment business, and many more. Of course, many of those scenarios end up in my stories in some way or another and those that haven't, will probably sneak into my future novels. Homeschooling with a large family for me has also allowed me to teach my younger siblings so I continue to learn and prepare for my future family.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
Oh, it has prepared me for this in many ways! By being homeschooled, I experienced so many more adventures than I could ever imagine, which has inspired many scenes in my novels. I always had plenty of time for my favorite hobby—reading,  which every writer knows is crucial to being a good writer. I was always encouraged to be creative in my studies and it passed into my love for arts and crafts, which helps me to pay attention to the details. Most importantly, if I hadn't been homeschooled, I may not have received Christ as my Lord and Savior and without Him, I couldn't write any of the novels I write. I'm merely the pen in God's hand.

What caused you to start writing?
The simplest answer is: God. Shortly after I got saved in 2012, I felt called to teach others teens and young adults the importance of purity—a vow I've made myself. So while studying on the subject, I found myself writing the study notes in sort of a story form so-to-speak. I've always loved to read for as long as I can remember and I found myself thinking, it would be so cool to write and publish a book. So, I wrote the opening of what would come to be my debut novel, Hidden Treasures. After the first couple pages though, doubt that it would ever be good enough crept in, so I hid those pages. Two years later, I was working in Tennessee, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge to be exact, when I stumbled upon those hidden pages. I tweaked them a bit and wrote a couple more, then I let a friend read them. She said they were a bit cheesy for her taste(she didn't like romance, but I still felt discouraged and not good enough), then shortly after, my papaw passed away and my seedling of a dream was put on hold once again. Two more years passed before the desire to write came back full force after coming across those pages again. In August of 2016, I studied and researched all I could on the topic. My parents' anniversary was coming up the end of the month so I decided to write a short story version of their wedding day as an anniversary gift(and also to test the waters of what they thought of my writing abilities). They absolutely loved it, everyone who read it, loved it! It gave me the courage and the confidence that this was a gift God had given me and wanted me to use to bring glory and honor to Him.

What inspired Seeking Refuge?
Again, the simple answer is: God. My Savior Yeshua is my sole inspiration for all my novels. His Holy Spirit is who whispers the stories in my ear so I can write them down. He does this in so many miraculous ways! It may be a member of my family, meeting and talking with a stranger, something I've experienced first hand, even something from a broadcast. In the instance of Seeking Refuge, I honestly have no explanation; I have no idea where the idea came from, other than from God. I just felt led to write this story(perhaps I overheard a news' story or something and forgot). In my debut novel, Hidden Treasures, I introduced my readers to the eldest Sawyer child, Sheriff Isaac. I knew he was to be the hero of book two but the plot line came as a surprise to me and I hope it takes my readers by surprise as well. So far, Seeking Refuge is my favorite and most inspiring to me. Especially, where the topic of faith is concerned.

Would you give us a synopsis?
I'd be happy to! Seeking Refuge is a romantic Christian mystery following the story of Joyce, a young woman on the run from Maine to escape a troubled past—but trouble seems to have followed her to Tennessee. Then there's faithful and caring Isaac, the sheriff of the small town of Cascade Valley, Tennessee where Joyce ends up. As the story unfolds, Joyce must learn to trust God again and this man He has placed in her life to overcome the danger-seeking to destroy her.
Here's the blurb:


Running for her life, Joyce Watson has a very short list of people she can trust—God and herself. Because she has discriminating evidence against him, her pursuer will go to extreme measures to silence her before it’s turned over to authorities. Despite the nosy sheriff living on the property, hunkering down at an isolated guest ranch feels like the safest option. Drawn to the handsome sheriff, she struggles to keep her heart under lock and key. What if he’s working for her enemy and plotting a way to capture her?

Sheriff Isaac Sawyer can't help but feel suspicious of the Cascade Valley Guest Ranch's newest lodger. It's clear she's hiding something, but what? Her bright, blue eyes are so full of fear, his heart longs to take care of her; but Joyce doesn't trust him. Can he win her trust before her fears become reality? Will he be able to protect her without risking his heart?

Murder, secrets, and danger throw Isaac and Joyce together. They must learn to trust God and each other to overcome the dark clouds of peril circling around them. Will evil prevail, or will God pull them through and kindle a love both believe is impossible?

Who will enjoy Seeking Refuge?
Almost anyone. Everyone who has read it so far has said they loved it! My sisters, parents, friends, costumers young and old, men and women alike. I write my novels clean and friendly for all ages. The romance level is even or lower with the amount of suspense and action in the story and faith always exceeds every other characteristic of the plot.

Do you plan to write more books?
Oh, absolutely!!! I can't imagine not writing more and more books! I actually have eighteen I'm working on right now. Seeking Refuge is only the second installment of my Faith in the Valley series, which is a series of twelve novels. So ten of those are part of that series. The other eight are part of two other series I'm working on and a few independent novels as well. Ha, ha, ha, with God supplying the stories there's no telling how many novels I'll write! The adventure awaits!

Where can people connect with you online?
I love to connect with fellow authors and readers! The can connect with me on my website/blog at: or the can email me a:

Do you have any final thoughts?
I would like to say to all who read this, may God be with you and bless you in all that you do in honor to Him. I'd also like to share my favorite verse with you. Luke 12:34, which says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” is very special to me. As I wrote in my debut novel, Hidden Treasures; That verse tells us that whatever treasure we seek, with the most time and energy, is where our heart lies. It serves as a reminder to ask myself now and then, “What treasure am I seeking? Knowing God and His will? Or worldly goods that won’t last?” It helps us to continuously seek the most valuable treasure we can possess, a close relationship with God Himself and serving Him by following His will for our lives.
My biggest prayer for all my novels is that they will encourage others to seek the true treasure: Salvation through Jesus Christ and living a life close to Him. May God bless all who read them and remember, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Many Blessings to you all!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Big Announcement

The website for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference:

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: