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The Story Behind Man’s Rejection of God: Who’s Responsible? by RL Keller

Our guest today is RL Keller! Keller is the author of the religious/spirituality book, MAN’S REJECTION OF GOD: WHO’S RESPONSIBLE?. He is here to tell us the story behind his book. ————————– Being a Christian, my inspiration comes from the desire to bless others. The saying I use in my ministry is “Making a difference one person at a time.” With everything I write, whether book or blog entry, my goal is to make a difference by touching the person struggling with their faith. They might need to know where God is when they are in crisis. I try to
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Guest Blogger: The Story Behind ‘Designed for Relationship’ by T.J. MacLeslie

Designed for Relationship is a book that has been begging me to write it for nearly 20 years. However, I’m glad I didn’t write it before now as it distills the lessons I have learned in my search for truth and meaning, as well as the paths I now use to guide people to fullness of life. Along the way, I have met wonderful people who challenged and encouraged me. Now, I have the opportunity to help others on their way. Some of those I have journeyed alongside kept asking me to write something down for them so they could
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Guest Blogger: The Story Behind ‘Vinland Viking: A Saga’ by Gary L. Doman

Inspiration for ‘Vinland Viking: An Original Saga’ by Gary L. Doman may have originally come not from books but from films. I’ve always liked motion pictures—Not “movies”, please!—in the genres of adventure and fantasy. (In fact, I once considered writing for the screen rather than for the bookshelf, and consequently started to rewrite a work of mine as a screenplay; I quickly abandoned the experiment, however, upon finding it less satisfying than being able to create the world of my characters without the co-operation of actors, a director, et cetera.) All the stories that I’m planning to write are adventures;
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  • May 15, 2013
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Guest Blogger: The Story Behind the ‘Bella and Britt’ Series by Nancy Stewart

The concept of inspiration is a strange old thing.  Strange because it is indefinable.  Old because people have been wrestling with it since, I suspect, humans became human.  Look at the cave art in Lascaux. Study the work of Aristotle. Reread To Kill a Mockingbird. All human.  All searching for truth.  All inspired. I’ve been asked by many people what the inspiration was behind the writing of the Bella and Britt series of books for kids.  Here’s the inspiration behind the inspiration: My husband and I bought a condo on the water in Clearwater Beach, Florida, six years ago.  Although
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  • May 14, 2013
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Guest Bloggers: The Story Behind ‘After the Ending’ by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue

The Story Behind the Book Part 1: The Inspiration (Lindsey Pogue) It all began with two women, a longish car ride, and a lot of passion and inspiration… For most of our lives, we’ve both been conjuring up fantastical worlds, heroes, and leading ladies, but neither of us had the confidence to do much with our passion for writing–that is until October of 2011, when we were on a several hour car ride back from an exhaustingly awesome NCIBA (Northern California Independent Booksellers Association) conference on behalf of Copperfield Books in Napa. LF, being the science fiction and fantasy connoisseur
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The Story Behind Super Luke Faces His Bully by Dr. Jackie Cogswell

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Dr. Jackie Cogswell, author of Super Luke Faces His Bully. My writing career began over seven years ago. Nobody was more shocked than I was at the thought of me writing a book. I say this because prior to that time, I felt my imagination was seriously challenged. This made creative writing extremely difficult and I would look for any excuse to avoid coming up with stories for my children. In fact,
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The Story Behind Plant Teacher by Caroline Alethia

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Caroline Alethia, author of of Plant Teacher. 2007 to 2008 were “interesting times” in the South American country of Bolivia. Democratically elected President Evo Morales decided he wanted a firmer grasp on power. In an armed encampment, surrounded by protestors, he illegally amended the national Constitution to extend his term limit. While this assault against democracy was taking place, three protestors outside were shot and killed. I lived in Bolivia from 2007
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The Story Behind Cemetery Club by JG Faherty

The inspiration for Cemetery Club came from that most unlikeliest of places: my own backyard. Well, not quite the backyard, but pretty close. A couple of miles from my house is an abandoned sanitarium, a place where from the 1930s until the 1990s families would drop off mentally handicapped children and adults, the ones who were so seriously debilitated that home health care wasn’t an option, either for monetary or medical reasons. As a child, you’d walk or drive by and see the more self-sufficient residents sitting or strolling through the grounds. Back then, we didn’t know of all the
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The Story Behind ‘Dark is the Sky’ by Jessica Chambers

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Jessica Chambers, author of the literary novel, Dark Is The Sky. Many of my stories start with an idea, a question that cries out to be answered. What would happen if…? How would this affect…? Who would stand to lose most from…? Dark is the Sky, however, began with a single character, that of the wild, outrageously sexy Scott Cameron. From the moment he popped into my head, I knew several things
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The Story Behind Kathi Macias’s “Special Delivery”

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Kathi Macias, author of the literary novel, Special Delivery, the second book in her “Freedom” series. FICTION WITH A MISSION By Kathi Macias From the moment I signed the contract with New Hope Publishers for my four-book Extreme Devotion fiction series, I began hearing variations of the same question from potential readers: What’s the genre? Tough one to answer. I suppose contemporary international fiction sums it up best, since each book is
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The Story Behind ‘The Green Memory of Fear’ by B.A. Chepaitis

I sat in the courtroom, listening to a witness for the defense in a case against a psychiatrist  accused of sexually abusing one of his former patients.  I was there as a support person for the former patient. I knew he was telling the truth, because he had a tape of the psychiatrist admitting what he’d done.  But at that moment the witness for the psychiatrist was talking fast about how psychiatric patients make things up, how they lie because of their problems.  I was upset about that. In the middle of his testimony the judges who were hearing the
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The Story Behind ‘Montana Morning’ by Jill Limber

The Story Behind Montana Morning By Jill Limber Women love a good love story, and I’m no exception. Love to read them, love to write them. Ask any woman about the first time she fell in love and she will get a dreamy look and be able to tell you where she was, what she was wearing, the time of day and the place. It doesn’t matter if a woman is in her teens or ninety. If there are any other women in on the conversation, they will willingly chime in with their own stories. When you write a romance novel,
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The Story Behind David S. Grant’s “BLOOD: The New Red

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is David S. Grant, author of the literary novel, BLOOD: The New Red. “BLOOD: The New Red” by David S. Grant The story of BLOOD: The New Red really starts with one of my first books titled Corporate Porn that featured a model, named Mickey, turning to the adult movie industry for work. After other writing projects I started thinking about Mickey and what if he was the main character, the narrator, and
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The Story Behind Jill Limber’s A Heart That Dares

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Jill Limber, author of the historical romance novel, A Heart That Dares. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Story Behind A Heart That Dares By Jill Limber I suppose my inspiration for this book goes back to the summer I turned thirteen and I read Gone With The Wind–over and over and over. My mother became quite worried that I was a little too obsessed. I’d always loved history, and I got sucked right into the
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The Story Behind Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is William Landay, author of the family drama novel, Defending Jacob. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I don’t know that there is ever a single moment of lightning-bolt inspiration for a novel, at least for a novel of any complexity. Usually the writing process involves the slow, methodical development of a story from a minuscule idea, like the grain of sand that, at length, becomes a pearl. That is how my own books tend to start, anyway.
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The Story Behind Red Hot Sky by Gordon Gumpertz

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Gordon Gumpertz, author of the action adventure novel, Red Hot Sky. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Story Behind Red Hot Sky By Gordon Gumpertz The inspiration for my first novel, Tsunami, came while walking on the beach during a storm at sea. The waves were 10 to 15 feet high, broke with a great boom, and washed high up onto the beach. I tried to imagine waves ten times that size coming ashore as a
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The Story Behind Sea Turtle Summer by Nancy Stewart

The Story Behind the Book is one of Literarily Speaking’s most popular features. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is Nancy Stewart, author of Sea Turtle Summer (Guardian Angel Publishing). ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Sea Turtle Summer came to me, not on a glorious beach with glimmering white sand, but in a stark utilitarian hospital room. Talk about being led by your muse. She had to work wonders with this one. My husband was recovering from back surgery (happily, he’s fine now). I sat in his hospital room, net book on lap
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The Story Behind Dax Rigby, War Correspondent by John Rosenman

The Story Behind the Book is one of Literarily Speaking’s most popular features. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is John Rosenman, author of Dax Rigby, War Correspondent (MuseItUp Publishing). ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Dax Rigby, War Correspondent – Why I Wrote it and How I Published It by John B. Rosenman A distant, alien world. In several of my novels, I have been drawn to such a place, and so I was in Dax Rigby, War Correspondent. Why? Basically because anything can happen there. The possibilities are limited only by your
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  • December 4, 2011
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The Story Behind In the Middle of Almost and Other Stories by S.B. Lerner

The Story Behind the Book is one of Literarily Speaking’s most popular features. Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published. Today’s guest is S.B. Lerner, author of In the Middle of Almost and Other Stories (Samson Books). ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• When I was single and working at a high pressure job in Manhattan, it was all a bit overwhelming. I was dating but not in a steady relationship, and had a great group of girlfriends in the same situation. We would meet for coffee and talk about our dates, and the conversations were often
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Guest Blogger: What on earth made you do it? by Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy was born in Killarney where he spent his first three years before his family was deported to Dublin, the Strumpet City. Growing up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, Peter was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown where he played rugby for ‘The Wine and Gold’. He also played football (soccer) in secret! After that, he graduated and studied the Humanities in Grogan’s under the guidance of Scot’s corner and the bar staff; Paddy, Tommy and Sean. Murphy financed his education by working summers on the buildings sites of London in such places as Cricklewood,
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