• General

    Tips on preparing for a research trip for your novel

    I’m back from my trip to Hilo, Hawaii for my novel. I spent five full days and two half days on the island, mostly on the Hilo (Eastern side) of the island. Though I would have liked to have stayed through a Sunday so I could have attended a church service (my novel’s setting includes a church in Hilo), I would say the experience provided me with a depth and interest in the island so that I am better able to write about the setting in my novel. Here are a few tips in preparing for the trip: Draft a day to day itinerary: I broke out my days by…

  • Novel Writing,  Quote,  Religion

    Mere Christianity

    “He [a Christian] does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.” – C.S. Lewis I’m working on a novel with Christianity as a strong theme. Reading about Christianity and preaching has been interesting and has helped me with my own struggles with religion. C.S. Lewis was an atheist prior to becoming a Christian and then a prolific writer on the religion, including the Chronicles of Narnia. I’m looking forward to reading…