No matter how many books you’ve written, there’s always that blank page moment when an author thinks of just about anything to do except come up with the next line. Kristin Billerbeck, Terri Blackstock, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Angela Hunt all do a wonderfully funny demonstration on what they do when they can’t think of what to put on paper. Enjoy!
Back in the day, movies and TV dramas that were downright creepy, were The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits” and The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock, just to name a few. They didn’t contain sex or direct violence just great drama, imaginative thinking and of course, great writing and acting. If you think Christian fiction suspense and intrigue is tame, try reading any of the books in The Bug Man series by Tim Downs. He gives forensic lessons that definitely make you think differently every time you look at a bug! Tim actually went to a three day “bug” camp just to learn about his subject.
Then there’s Colleen Coble, she gets excited at the mere mention of gory and creepy. One of her best “creepy” books was Abomination…and believe me, that was creepy. She even incorporated a type of game called geo-caching into the story which is a new phenomenon.
Brandilyn Collins has taken creepy to a whole new level with her book, Exposure, just to name one.“ A columnist who is already paranoid and even writes about her paranoia in her column, is creeped out someone leaving a camera in her house, which means someone has invaded her home; now to make anyone believe that she’s not faking it!
These are just a couple of examples of terrific writers writing outstanding Fiction. It takes great imagination and a paradigm shift in thinking to make these stories deliciously “creepy,” and they are all masters at their craft!
So many people ask,”How do I become an author? I have a great story but have no idea how to pitch it.” First of all, we have a wonderful Writer’s Corner on the fiction website where many authors have contributed their knowledge to help others along the writing journey.
In almost every instance, the writers will tell you to go to a writer’s conference. You gain invaluable experience and exposure. There are many Christian Writers Conferences scheduled throughout the country and throughout the year, which include the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (ACFW), the Christian Writers Guild, Mount Hermon Writers Conference and the Blue Ridge Writer’s conference among many others. The purpose of the conferences is to enhance each author’s opportunity; whether it is to refine an already published author’s skills, or to meet an agent for the first time. Your experience will help your writing career exponentially. There are several books recommended for fiction writers: