Indie Christian Authors Black Friday Sale! Author interview and Book review!!!

Author of Counted Worthy 

What gave you the idea to write Counted Worthy?

I was playing a game with myself, taking phrases from Bible verses and pretending they were story titles. Counted Worthy from from Acts 5:41 captured my imagination, so I wrote a short story around the title. When my friends read the short story, they insisted the story needed to be longer. That short story turned into chapter one of the novel.

What was the hardest part of writing Counted Worthy?


The editing! The rough draft fell into place relatively quickly, but there was a lot of work to do afterwords. I cut up to 10,000 words at a time and rewrote whole sections of the book to make everything cohesive and interesting.

Where is your favorite place to write? And would you be willing to share a picture of your favorite place to write?

These days my favorite place to write is a local coffee shop (see attached pictures), but Counted Worthy was written almost exclusively at my desk in my bedroom.

What helps you to write?

The three things that most inspire me are reading good novels, bouncing ideas off other people and brainstorming with friends, and reading books about writing or listing to writing podcasts. All three of these things get my creative brain spinning and generating new ideas.
Do you plan on writing any more books?

Yes! Entering the workforce and some other life changes have slowed my writing down, but I still plan on continuing to write and publish stories. For the past 3 years I’ve been ever-so-slowly working on a sequel to Counted Worthy. I’ve started writing and then scrapped three ideas so far, but I hope my current outline is the one that’s going to stick. The sequel is going to be mostly about Bryce, his family, and the repercussions of the public outcry shown in the final chapter of Counted Worthy.

What do you do when you have writers block?


I don’t have a great answer for this. Writer’s block for me is usually a side effect of a really busy schedule, changes in my life, or stressful situations. Since publishing Counted Worthy I’ve had three different jobs, lost two grandparents, and adjusted to my family taking care of another grandparent. All of those things plus new priorities for this season of life have lead to limited writing progress–or writers block. A few months ago I started setting aside an hour on Friday mornings to go to a coffee shop and work on my story, and that has lead to finally making slow but steady progress.

Who inspired you to write?


Making up stories and writing has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. However, I credit becoming serious about writing as a craft to Daniel Schwabauer and my fellow One Year Adventure Novel classmates.

Who are your favorite authors?

My current favorite authors are Jaye L. Knight, Tricia Mingerink, and Brandon Sanderson.

Do you like reading or writing more?

That’s a toss up! I don’t think I can decide between the two.

What is your favorite non literary thing to do?

I love to get out of the house to do stuff and try new things. Whenever I can find a buddy to go out with you’ll find me hiking, exploring museums or festivals, or trying whatever unique type of food I can find on a restaurant’s menu.
My Review

Genre: Fiction.

My Rating: 5 Stars.

Recommendation: 13 and older. Because of some things are harder to read.

My Favorite Character/s: Heather Stone is a Christian, as well as a supposed rebel her Father is arrested for having a Bible, which is illegal. She is strong and doesn’t back down from her beliefs.

My Verse for Heather is Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave  you nor forsake you.

Warning There is an execution.


“From November 24th-30th there is a huge selection of discounted books available at You can also go to the Indie Christian Authors for a week long Facebook party during the same dates.”

Here is the link to the giveaway.

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  1. Brandon Sanderson is SUCH A GOOD WRITER. I am in love with the Steelheart books and the Mistborn. THEY'RE SO GOOD. *deep breath* Anyway, I adore the title of this. I would definitely pick it up if I saw it on a bookshelf. 🙂


  2. Isn't he, though? I've read the Reckoner Series (I even found a signed ARC copy of Steelheart!!!) and am working on book three of the Stormlight Archives. Haven't gotten into Mistborn yet, though.


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