Monthly Archives: July 2010

Featuring Multi-Talented Author Robert Liparulo

This guy’s writing knocks me out!!!

A former celebrity journalist who intereviewed the likes of Stephen King and Charlton Heston, Robert has over a thousand articles and short stories, not to mention  multiple awards.There’s no doubt he’s a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He gets police procedure and the action/adventure parts right. The lable “high-octane suspense” fits his work, no doubt about that!

I’m an over-the-top fan of his Comes A Horseman and Germ. I’ve got Deadfall on my to read list and can’t wait to get to it.

 

Robert is currently working with a few Hollywood producers. Three of his adult novels are in various stages of developement for the silver screen. Film rights to Comes A Horseman was purchased by the producer of Tom Clancey’s action/adventure movies. The word is he’s now in the process of writing screen plays for Germ and Deadfall…and is also working with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Holes) on a political thriller.

I’m not at all surprised to learn that J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings trillogy are among Robert’s favorite books. I love those three as well and agree it’s a work that not only gets out of the box but goes off the reservation. Of course, Robert has said he also liked Moby Dick, which I couldn’t get through. So, there’s no accounting for taste on that one.

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Nominations Now Accepted for Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year Awards

Hey — I’f you’ve written a Christian crime fiction novel published by a small Christian publisher — listen up!!!

For that matter — if you’ve written an edgy romantic suspense novel, or any type of edgy Christian fiction novel — listen up!!!

Sponsored by the Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA), the awards recognize books produced by small publishers for outstanding contributions in Christian life.

There are eight categories: Fiction; Biography; Christian Living; Relationships/Family; Bible Study/Theology; Children’s (4-8 years); Children’s (8-12 years); and Young Adult (12 years and up).

Authors must have their nominations received by Nov. 15. All nominated books for the Christian marketplace must be printed in English and for sale in the United States.

Here’s a link so authors can see if they and their book fit the eligibility requirements for submission.
http://www.christianpublishers.net/files/award-eligibility.pdf
I’m rooting for all you Christian crime fiction authors and all you edgy Christian fiction authors!!!
 


My New Profile Pix Is Up ~ True Redhead

This is the real me!!!!!

I was soooo bored without my spikes, so teenage daughter Alyssa took this of me with my spikes. Now it feels like me.

Hubby took this at my Birthday breakfast at one of our fav diners…guess what…I’m 39 again!!!

Pix #2 at same breakfast.

Ye olde birthday candle blow out!!!


Is "Edgy Christian Crime Fiction" An Oxymoron???


Hey — isn’t crime fiction by it’s very nature supposed to be edgy? I think so!!! Listen, crime fiction starts right at the get-go, or should, with a murder and a less than pretty crime scene. Murder’s not nice. It’s hard to sanitize murder, and the question begs, should we?

Not so much now as in the past, but I’ve read Christian suspense where the author didn’t even get to the murder until I’d gotten through a quarter of the book. Page after page I was wondering, where’s the body? And then, when I got to the crime scene it was obvious the author hadn’t done enough research. The police procedure was waaaaaay off. More than a few Christian suspense novels of the past have had a non-law enforcement heroine traipsing around the crime scene and happening upon vital clues the cops somehow missed. Duh, like that would really happen!

A lot is changing now. I’m glad to see books out like Back On Murder by J. Mark Bertrand, who knows his police procedure and internal cop politics. He also knows cop culture. He’s got great scenes in cop bars that wouldn’t work as well in a coffee shop or pizzeria. We’re coming to a day when Christian mystery readers no longer have to turn to secular writers to get their crime fiction craving fed. They’re finding satisfying thrillers and detective stories right at home with a Christian world view. They’re finding Christian crime fiction that gets the details right.

Edgy Christian crime fiction is not a cozy mystery with a sermonette added. In fact, crime fiction readers would just assume the author skip the preaching and get on with the chase. For crying out loud, there’s a killer to catch. So, what makes the story Christian? Recurring themes of redemption, forgiveness, restoration, and grace are a few clues that it just might be Christian fiction. Just because a story’s “clean as a whistle” doesn’t make it Christian to my mind.

The edgy Christian crime fiction reader wants to find authenticity in plot, characterization, and scenario. They want to find detectives and beat cops who sound like they actually might be in law enforcement, not lost members of the bridge club in search of a novel to inhabit. The edgy reader won’t be turned off to Christianity if a Christian character stumbles, seriously so. It makes Christianity all the more attractive. God offers us a second chance to get it right.

I’ve heard it said that edgy Christian romance is not afraid to mention body parts. Well, that’s certainly the case in edgy Christian crime fiction, except that the body parts are likely to be strewn all over the crime scene. And talking about body parts, what about a good autopsy scene?

Increasingly we’re seeing good Christian crime fiction out there. James Scott Bell’s Ty Buchanan series is wonderful. [Try Dying, Try Darkness & Try Fear] Ronie Kendig has a couple of action packed crime fiction novels which will knock the sox off most crime fiction readers. [Dead Reckoning & Nightshade (Discarded Heroes series] Of course is you want a rip-roaring ride there’s always Robert Liparulo who will not disappoint. [Germ & Comes A Horsseman].


The Inspy Awards Are Coming!!!

Hey, get ready for the Inspy’s — The Blogger’s Award for Excellence in Faith Driven-Literature.

This is where the best in inspirational literature is showcased.

These books possess the highest of literary standards: exceptional talent in writing, captivating plots, three dimentional characters.

In additons Inspy’s novels grapple with faith issues.

Why not drop my the Inspy’s. You can nominate a book, or apply to be a judge.  http://inspys.com/


The F-Bomb and Two Camps In Christian Fiction Writing

Every once in a while a discussion erupts among Christian fiction writers that proves to be incendiary. The use of the F-bomb, naturally, is one of them. That I’m continuing with this discussion here proves I’m terminally stupid.

First, I’ve never used the F-word in any of the books I’ve written (three to be exact, all unpublished as of yet). That said, if the F-word were to be uniquely organic to a scene I’m writing and there was no better word in the entire dictionary, I’d use it. However, and this is a HUGE however, I don’t think that will ever happen. Aside from turning a manuscript into an R-rated work, which isn’t the best route to go in Christian publishing – the F-word is inarticulate and played out.

I’m a crime fiction fanatic. Read mostly mysteries and thrillers – Christian and secular. To be honest, most of the secular authors I read use the F-word, albeit sparingly. I just read a new secular author, who need not be mentioned. He’s a good writer and I wanted to see how he plotted along until his villain was exposed. However, I almost put the book down due to his over use of the F-word. Not only did he over use it, he didn’t use it creatively. That might be an oxymoron. The F-word isn’t a creative word by it’s very nature. That said, this author put it in the mouths of his gangbangers, police detectives, local and state politicians, and his widow in the very same way. If an upper class widow uses profanity (as his did) within hours of the death of the husband she loves, I don’t think she would be using the exact same verbiage his gangbangers used a few pages earlier. What a pity. He had the talent to write better than that.

As to Christian crime fiction…I’ve never read a Christian novel containing the F-word. J. Mark Bertrand’s Back on Murder is fairly gritty, portraying cop culture authentically. I loved that book, but he didn’t have the need to put the F-word on paper. He got the mood across without it.

So what’s all this about edgy Christian fiction, a camp I’m pretty sure I’m in as a writer. Well, if you’re gonna write crime fiction, I don’t think you can be that sanitized. After awhile I’ll lose interest in a police procedural that doesn’t have an autopsy. Call me ghoulish, but I like a little blood spatter at the crime scene. It doesn’t feel real without it.

As to sex, I’ve never written a sex scene (not sure I’d know how) though I’ve read more than a few of them. If they’re extremely detailed, I’ll either skim it, skip it, or put the book down. It all depends on the quality of the writing and how much the book has grabbed me up to then. I will go for a suggestion of sex, a hint of sensuality. Hey, I live in the real world and I like my reading material to reflect that world accurately.

I think Christian women’s fiction writers, or those writing chic lit, can make a stronger case than the crime fiction writer for the need of sexuality in their works. After all, it is the female gender itself that is the central component of those works and females are very involved in all aspects of femininity, sensuality, womanliness.

Lastly, I have to say Christian writers and readers seem to be split into two camps. Those Christians who want their reading material to be safe and comfortable populate the traditional camp. They want white picket fence towns as a setting, noble Christian characters with a few flaws, but not many. The second camp is populated by those who want to read and write edgy Christian fiction. They do not want scenes in the book to be sanitized. They want it straight.

I don’t think as Christians we’re called to be either safe or comfortable. Perhaps Jesus came for the opposite reason. I also don’t think one reading/writing camp is more Christian or holy than the other. Iit’s a shame that some in both camps think they are better Christ followers than their brothers and sisters in the other camp. Perhaps the best thing members in either camp can do is pray for the other side. Not pray, as one woman is doing for me, to change me into something more acceptable. No, rather pray to understand those in the other camp. Pray to see that those others are indeed just as Christian as anyone sitting in the pews.


The Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers Blog Tour Is Upon Us!!!

Do you want your summer reading to sizzle???
Well the, get ready for some super edgy Christian Fiction reading as the weather gets warmer.
 
The Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers Blog Tour is about to kick off with a bang, or a splash if you’re at the beach.

Below is a list of the authors, their blogs, and their topics for the upcoming summer blog tour…
 
 
EDGY CHRISTIAN FICTION LOVERS SUMMER BLOG TOUR:

Sun, July 11: Joy Tamsin David, Edgy Christian Romance
http://www.edgyinspirational.blogspot.com/

Wed, July 14, Dan Calabrese, Spiritual Warfare and the Edgy Christian Novel
http://www.dancalabresebooks.com/

Sun, July 18: Nike Chillemi, Edgy Christian Crime Fiction
http://crimefictionandfaith.blogspot.com/
Wed, July 21, Donna Dawson, Research For Edgy Christian Fiction
http://www.authordonnadawson.com/apps/blog/

Sun, July 25: Janalyn Voigt, Edgy Christian Epic Fantasy Fiction – medieval
http://waysinger.blogspot.com/

Wed, July 28: Lisa Lickel, Outside Of The Box Romance
https://reflectionsinhindsight.wordpress.com/

Sun, Aug 1: Michelle Sutton, Sensuality in the Edgy Christian novel
http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com/

Wed, Aug 4: Sherryle Jackson, Edgy Urban Christian Fiction
http://www.thefateofthefire.blogspot.com/

Sun, Aug 8: Tracy Krauss, Edgy Romantic Suspense
http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.blogspot.com/

Wed, Aug 11, Keith Madsen, Edgy Christian Fiction In The Ebook Market
(link to come)
Sun, Aug 15: Shawna Williams, topic to come
http://shawnawilliams-oldsmobile.blogspot.com/

Wed, Aug 18: Tracy Kraus, Christian Theatre – Not an Oxymoron
http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.blogspot.com/

Sun, Aug 22: Shawna Van Ness, Culturally Relevant Characters
http://srvanness.blogspot.com/

Sun, Aug 29: Donna Fletcher Crow, Spiritual Authenticity in Fiction
http://www.donnafletchercrow.com/articles.php

Other Edgy Christian Fiction Resources:

Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning)
http://edgychristianfictionlovers.ning.com/

Edgy Christian Fiction Book Club (Goodreads)
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/33583.Edgy_Christian_Fiction_Book_Club

Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Shelfari)
http://www.shelfari.com/groups/11509/about

Gritty Christian Crime Fiction (Shelfari)
http://www.shelfari.com/groups/59017/about

Inspirational Ebooks (Goodreads)
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/34059.Inspirational_Fiction_Ebooks

NOW REMEMBER TAKE AN EDGY CHRISTIAN FICTION NOVEL TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER!!!

Romance 

YA/Spec Fiction

Crime Fiction                              

Womens Fiction

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