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The Because Fiction Podcast

58 EpisodesProduced by Chautona HavigWebsite

Taking the pulse of Christian fiction, Because Fiction explores the lastest trends in Christian fiction, discusses genres, specific authors, new releases, and classics as well. If it's Christian fiction (or something readers love), we talk about it.

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Episode 57: A Chat with Women's Fiction Author Cynthia Ruchti

April 13th, 2021


One of the best ways to temper the heaviness of a book dealing with hard subjects is the judicious use of humor.  Cynthia Ruchti is a new author to me (forgive my stupidity, won't you?) but the brilliant use of humor to …

Episode 56: A Chat with Erin Bartels about All That We Carried

April 6th, 2021


In Erin Bartels' latest release, All That We Carried, two sisters go on a journey not only of reconciliation but of spiritual discovery as well.

This book spoke to me on so many levels and I can't recommend it enough. …

Episode 55: Three Great New Romantic Suspense Titles

April 3rd, 2021


Romantic Suspense is always a fabulous read, and this spring, we've got three fabulous ones to read.  I had a short chat with three authors to learn …

Episode 54: A Chat with Mystery Author Kay DiBianca

March 30th, 2021


Whether you love cozies or procedural, forensic or amateur sleuth, or just get nostalgic about your childhood and Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys (Trixie Belden anyone?), mysteries are a great way to keep the mind sharp …

Episode 53: A Chat with Katie Vorreiter

March 27th, 2021


I promised that in March, the podcast would expand to more episodes, and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off this expansion than with a book …

Episode 52: A Chat with Teri Blake

March 24th, 2021


Christian romance author has branched out into women’s fiction, and wow has she done a brilliant job!  Her first book in the Driftwood Bay series …

Episode 51: A Chat with Sarah Sundin

March 16th, 2021


After years of good intentions, I finally read my first Sarah Sundin book, When Twilight Breaks, and oh my word!  Amazing book!

This combination book gush and author chat discusses what history has dubbed Kristallnacht, …

Episode 50: A Chat with Jennifer Deibel

March 9th, 2021


Set in Ireland in 1920, A Dance in Donegal mingles beautiful settings, story, and songs into a beautiful... well, dance!  Jennifer Deibel has written …

Episode 49: A Chat with Suzanne Woods Fisher

March 2nd, 2021


Suzanne Woods Fisher first impressed me with her Amish Beginnings series and Nantucket series, but even her Mending Fences and her contemporary …

Episode 48: A Chat with T.E. Price

February 23rd, 2021


What happens when you combine domestic violence with suspense?  A hair-raising ride you won't want to miss.

On March 2, T.E. Price 's book, Take …

Episode 47: The Drew Farthering Mysteries

February 16th, 2021

Why This Mystery Series Is One of My Favorites

Mystery is probably my all-time favorite genre, and those from the “golden age” of mystery are the …

Episode 46: What Romances Do I Think Are Perfect for Valentine's Day?

February 9th, 2021


With Valentine's Day this weekend, it seems only fitting to look at some great reads to celebrate the day. I probably wouldn't have thought of it if …

Episode 45: A Gush about Things We Didn't Say

February 2nd, 2021


There's nothing more wonderful than a new release that keeps you riveted to the page--or the audiobook app--from the first word to the last.

Unless …

Episode 44: A Chat with Carolyn Miller

January 26th, 2021


I'd seen the covers of her books--lovely Regency titles that intrigued me.  However, when we put out the call for authors in our upcoming series, The Independence Islands, I never imagined I'd see her name among the …

Episode 43: A Chat with Allison Pearl

January 19th, 2021

Great Things Happen When You Mix Danger and Donuts

Suspense is a personal favorite genre, so when I heard about Allison Pearl's series, I knew I wanted to read them and chat with her about them.  I only made it about a …

Episode 42: A Chat with J'nell Ciesielski

January 13th, 2021


The cover got me first.  It was “my” Madeline, but of course, no one could tell if they didn’t know the photographer’s work. So, combine WWI, …

Episode 41: A Chat with Jennifer Pierce

January 5th, 2021


Get your safety harness strapped on because this book will take you on a roller coaster ride of suspense, action, and all the feels. I’m talking …

Episode 40: My Favorite Book of 2020

December 8th, 2020


Some books are "once-in-a-lifetime" books.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of mine for reasons I talk about in THIS post. Recently, I read what for me has become another one. Bleak Landing

In what feels like a …

Episode 39: A Chat with L.K. Simonds

December 1st, 2020


Why did I like the book?  The point-of-view character wasn’t likeable (for a LONG time), made stupid choices, used language I didn’t appreciate (not constantly but there were a few words here and there that made me …

Episode 38: Dan Smith & Saving Ebenezer

November 24th, 2020


Journalist, podcaster, and multi-genre author of Saving Ebenezer, S. Daniel Smith is this week's guest and here to talk with us about:

  • His articles …

Episode 37: A Chat with Sara Beth Williams

November 17th, 2020


One of the coolest things about having this podcast is the opportunity to talk with authors, see what inspires them, discover how they fell in love …

Episode 36: A Chat with Jennifer Beckstrand

November 10th, 2020


Amish fiction tends to be a bit polarizing. Readers tend to love it or hate it. Are the criticisms valid?  One has to wonder because, despite the …

Episode 35: What Is This NaNoWriMo Thing All About?

November 3rd, 2020


I blame MSN Messenger. Well, maybe it was my friend who used the messenger as the conduit for her crazy idea.  Okay, so it wasn't exactly her crazy idea, but she did tell me about it. Millions of people writing fifty-

Episode 34: 5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Feed a Book Habit

October 27th, 2020


Book habits can be expensive, especially when you like REAL books to hold in your hands, but there are ways to save money on paperback books, and I …

Episode 33: 2020 Christmas Collections

October 20th, 2020


So if there's one thing I LOVE it's Christmas fiction. So, this week, I'm going for maximum Christmas fiction impact--collections. Four, five, ten, 

Episode 32: Chatting with Laura Thomas

October 13th, 2020


On Amazon, every time I went looking for a book, there it was. The Orphan Beach.  I'd not read anything by the author, Laura Thomas.  Each time I started to click through, something distracted me. Then, I had an …

Episode 31: A Chat with Amanda Tru

October 6th, 2020


The genius behind the deeply interconnected, multi-author CrossRoads Collections, Amanda Tru joined me for a fun night of laughter, insight, and …

Episode 30: A Chat with Teresa Tysinger

September 29th, 2020


She's fun, she's witty, and she has some fabulous characters you've got to meet.  Today, I am chatting with Teresa Tysinger on the release day of her …

Episode 29: A Chat with Historical and Contemporary Author, Kari Trumbo

September 22nd, 2020


This week I got to chat with author Kari Trumbo about her historical fiction, her upcoming new genre, a surprise genre her agent is working with, and her September release, Secret Beach Boyfriend in the Independence …

Episode 28: What Makes Fiction Christian and Is That Good?

September 15th, 2020


One of the highlights of my year was spending a couple of hours talking to David Rawlings last May. He was on the show (Episode 12) to talk about his upcoming (now released) novel. After we finished an interview about …

Episode 27: Why Audiobooks Are So Great!

September 8th, 2020

What Is So Great about Listening to Audiobooks?

Audiobooks are one of the fastest-growing segments of the book industry. But why?  Why take up to …

Episode 26: A Chat with Laura Hile about Austen Retellings

September 1st, 2020


“Read Laura Hile’s ‘mercy books,’” she said.  “You’ll love them,” she said.

“She was right,” I say.

That was about ten years ago and my introduction …

Episode 25: Crazy Things Historical Authors Have to Research

August 25th, 2020


Most readers have a good idea that historical fiction requires heaps and heaps of research. It's obvious that you have to find out what happened when and similar details, but what other sorts of things do authors …

Episode 24: Final Retelling & Mashup Brainstorming with Sandy Barela

August 18th, 2020


This week is the final episode in our three-part series on classic retellings, continuing stories, and mashups with Sandy Barela from Celebrate Lit Publishing. Before we get to the brainstorming session (the last part …

Episode 23: Fictional Inspiration in Readers' Lives

August 11th, 2020


So, we were supposed to be going over the final story mashups and retellings with Sandy Barela, but then something happened today that changed all that.

For the past four weeks, I've been putting my bestselling series, 

Episode 22: Unique and Diverse Fiction with Joiya Morrison-Efemini

August 4th, 2020

What's Better Than a Great Novel? How about THIS?

A novel written in verse. Yeah, I dreaded it. What if I didn’t like it? What if it was—oh, Lord, please no—in free verse. What if it wasn’t and it read like a children’s …

Episode 21: Some of the Best Christmas Reads Coming in 2020

July 28th, 2020


After several failed attempts to get this episode out all month, it's here... some of my favorite Christmas books, the books others recommended to me, and some of the exciting new and best Christmas reads coming this …

Episode 20: Chatting Austen & Cozies with Barbara Cornthwaite

July 21st, 2020


We met almost twenty years ago on a message board. As an American, married to an Irishman, living in England with her adopted children (from several countries), her mere existence fascinated me. Her kindness and humor …

Episode 19: Talking Split-Time Fiction with Morgan Tarpley Smith

July 14th, 2020


Trends come and go in all areas of life, and fiction is no exception. However, one popular trend in the past decade or so is one that I think (and …

Episode 18: 6 of the Best Grace Livingston Hill Books

July 7th, 2020


Over a century after her books were written, Grace Livingston Hill’s books continue to be popular among avid readers of Christian fiction—but why?  …

Episode 17: Brainstorming Book Mashups w/ Sandy Barela

June 30th, 2020


Do you ever wonder how some stories would play out in a different setting?  Like The Little Princess… but in the Chicago Projects, or The Little …

Episode 16: A Chat with Melissa Wardwell about Scrumptious Independence

June 23rd, 2020


Ever wonder what makes someone start writing? What about where ideas for characters come from? Have you been eager to find out what’s coming in the Independence Islands Series?

Have we got an episode for you!  This …

Episode 15: Author Recommendations & Driftwood Dreams Chat

June 16th, 2020


Need a good book to read? Ask an author for a recommendation! You may be surprised at how perfect that recommendation can be. I was!

This week we’re talking about why going to a favorite author for book recommendations …

Episode 14: Chat with Author, Jennifer Sienes

June 9th, 2020


Author Jennifer Sienes writes fiction that promises hope in tough times.  Drawing from her personal experiences and the stories of people who have lived some of those tough times, her Apple Hill series offers a rich …

Episode 13: Christian Fiction "Mashup" Novels w/ Sandy Barela

June 2nd, 2020


Once in a while, I get a hankering to read something different.  So, I give myself permission to do what I call a “free read” every now and then. That’s one where I get to read whatever I want.

Well, recently, my …

Episode 12: Chatting with Author David Rawlings

May 26th, 2020


Today we have Christy Award-winning Australian author, David Rawlings with us to talk about his latest novel, Where the Road Bends (releases 6/2/2020), and what he hopes to accomplish in the lives of his readers. Hint: …

Episode 11: An Excellent Example of How Fiction Encourages Me

May 19th, 2020


In this episode, I examine Heather Woodhaven's "The Secret Life of Book Club" and see the spiritual lessons I learned from a fun read.

Links below are affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra …

Episode 10: A Chat with Lindsay Harrel

May 12th, 2020


Author of the recently released The Joy of Falling, Lindsay Harrel tells us about how she came up with the idea for the book, what to expect from it, and how a book about grief turned into one of joy.  

Episode 9: The True Colors Crime Series

May 5th, 2020


From the website: True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through [nine] unique stories of historical romantic suspense. …

Episode 8: Author Spotlight with Tabitha Bouldin

April 28th, 2020


Today we're talking with contemporary romance author, Tabitha Bouldin about her upcoming novel, Mishaps off the Mainland--book five in the …

Episode 7: Four Kinds of Redemptive Fiction

April 21st, 2020


Definition of "Redemptive Fiction" for the purposes of this podcast:  Redemptive fiction is fiction in which one or more characters have a transformation in some part of their lives.

Four kinds of redemptive fiction.

1. …

Episode 6: Book Chat: For Whom the Sun Sings

April 13th, 2020


Today we're chatting about YA Dystopian fantasy novel, For Whom the Sun Sings by W. A. Fulkerson. 

Hint:  I wouldn't read the publisher's synopsis. 

Episode 5: Book Reviews & Ratings

April 10th, 2020


You get to the end of a book and there are those dreaded words. "If you enjoyed this book, would you take a moment to leave a review?  Well... what's …

Episode 4: Differences Between Romance & Romantic Fiction

April 9th, 2020


It may seem like semantics, but there really is a difference between "Romance" and "Romantic Fiction."  So, I thought it might be a good thing to …

Episode 3: Books and Authors That Won Me Over

April 8th, 2020


No one likes every book out there, but some authors won me over to specific genres, so let's explore those, eh?

Today, I'm exploring three genres …

Episode 2: The Queen of Romance:

April 7th, 2020


After finishing another Pepper Basham contemporary romance, I just had to do a bit of ranting--raving? No... more like gushing over my recent read.  

Episode 1: The Gateway Manna to Christian Fiction

April 6th, 2020


Every lover of Christian fiction had a first book--their "gateway manna" to the genre. But what books were most popular? Bonus: a surprising story of …

Introducing the Because Fiction Podcast

April 4th, 2020


The Because Fiction Podcast

Just introducing you to the podcast and what to expect.  Talking about why a podcast, what sorts of episodes you'll find, …

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