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The Because Fiction Podcast

35 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 34: 5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Feed a Book Habit

October 27th, 2020

29:08

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

Episode 33: 2020 Christmas Collections

October 20th, 2020

49:07

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

34:24

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

58:26

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

59:46

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

35:46

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

46:19

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

42:54
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

50:05

“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

39:29

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

38:57

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

41:40

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

34:04
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

34:00

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

45:09

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

59:38

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

42:12

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

33:52

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

52:00

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

30:06

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

41:15

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

36:04

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

57:18

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

29:28

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

42:29

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

32:27

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

43:57

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

46:26

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

32:18

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

30:27

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

33:35

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

28:16

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

39:02

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

23:45

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

13:14

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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