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The Because Fiction Podcast

20 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 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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