Hill, Grace Livingston

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Authors, Authors- A thru L |

Grace Livingston Hill Biography: Grace Livingston Hill (1865–1947) was an extraordinary woman and a trailblazer in the genre of inspirational fiction. Contemporary readers know her as the “Queen of Christian Romance.” Her daughters knew her as an unshakable pillar of strength—full of faith and good humor even in the worst of life’s storms, and her grandson, Robert Munce, remembers her as “a lover of life.” Born one day after Abraham Lincoln’s death, Grace grew up in a loving, well-read, minister’s family. Strong-willed and resourceful, she learned early to make what her family couldn’t afford to buy (including an elegant fan which she constructed from chicken feathers!). She sold her first novel, A Chautauqua Idyl, in her early 20s. Although she enjoyed writing, Grace’s reason for publishing was practical: she needed money to pay for a vacation her family couldn’t afford to take. The contract came through just in time, the family had their vacation, and pragmatic Grace established a pattern she would follow throughout her life: when short on cash, write a novel! From this point on, she wrote steadily, publishing numerous novels and magazine articles to supplement her family’s humble income.  After marrying Reverend Thomas Franklin Hill, moving to Pennsylvania, and giving birth to two beautiful daughters, Grace looked forward to an idyllic future as an author, mother, and pastor’s wife. But then, when Grace was 34 and her daughters were one and six, Frank died of appendicitis. Shortly afterward, Grace’s father died too, and her mother came to live with her and the children. Suddenly, Grace found herself in charge of a multi-generational family. Writing—now her sole source of income—became more important than ever. Grace churned out eight novels in the next six years. Eventually, she adapted her writing style so that her novels would appeal to secular readers, while still proclaiming a clear gospel message. Her audience of devoted fans grew even larger. At 39, in a rare show of bad judgment, Grace remarried—-to a much younger man. Twenty-four-year-old Flavius Josephus Lutz was a church organist, a high-strung musician, and (as it turned out) a weak candidate for marriage. The family dinner table soon became (in the words of Grace’s grandson) “a cockpit with the rooster attacking the hens” with verbal abuse. Although Grace did not believe in divorce, Flavius eventually left and never came back. Through it all, Grace stayed faithful to her writing, and the failed marriage served as inspiration for at least one novel:Blue Ruin. Over time, Grace lived to see both her daughters marry godly men, and rejoiced to watch all four of her grandchildren pursue careers in church leadership and missions. Her youngest grandson, Munce, believes that, given a chance to sum...

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Earls, J.S

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Authors, Authors- A thru L |

J.S. EarlsLamp Post Publishers welcomes author, J.S.Earls. Biography: J.S. EARLS is a multi-media author and editor whose diverse credits include a series of interactive stories for the National Geographic Channel, graphic novel adaptations of several Ted Dekker bestsellers, editing Lamp Post’s Manga Bible series and creating the critically-acclaimed Pistolfist series.  He lives in the Tampa Bay area with his wife Daisy and their two children. Did you enjoy Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child? Do you have a tween or teen, or still like to try your hand, see what would happen if you decided to go one way instead of another? Then The Realm Unseen is for you… “If cannot see something, does that mean it doesn’t exist?” Realm Unseen Audio Trailer From National Geographic gamewriter J.S. Earls comes the dynamic interactive thriller FictionAddict.com calls “a must read for anyone seeking the ultimate storytelling experience.” Based on the audio game and inspired by a classic, author J.S. Earls welcomes you to a world of wonder.  A world where YOU are the star of the story and you alone hold its fate in your hand. Unlike other interactive adventures, every decision you make is — literally — a matter of life and death.  This also means there is only one way to “win”. Oh, yes…and you also happen to be blind. So prepare yourself.  You’ll need every ounce of strength and ingenuity you have to survive — not to mention uncover the Secret of the Century! Welcome to the deadliest day of your life.  Welcome…to THE REALM UNSEEN. We had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the book, and find out a little more about this exciting story. It is our pleasure to introduce you to J. S. Earls. 1. The book is modeled after a longtime favorite: Choose Your Own Adventure (CYA) Stories. What inspired you to write in that format?  What was the most difficult/rewarding part of that project? I always loved interactive tales like Choose Your Own Adventure books and role-playing games.  I’m really a cross-genre kinda’ guy, so I also appreciate media that (successfully) incorporates multiple formats. The most difficult aspects of writing in a format like this is that it has to be so “choice” driven.  And, while that’s very different from being character or plot driven, I did try to infuse a lot of those elements as well.  As a “responsible” writer, you also tend to make the moral choices the correct one.  However, that really makes things easy and, honestly, a little boring.  So I mixed it up.  Just because you make the right moral choice, doesn’t mean it’s the safe choice.  Like firefighters, police officers and soldiers, sometimes the correct moral...

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