How do I obtain a signed copy of your books? Email me at writerforhisglory(at)yahoo(dot)com, message me on Facebook, or drop me a line at the About Alicia page. I'll get in touch with you and we can discuss what books(s) you would like! I'll sign them and send them to you.
What exactly is historical-fiction? Historical-fiction is exactly what it sounds like - a real historical era with some fictional characters. Some of the characters may be historical, such as David Crockett in Remembering the Alamo.Generally speaking, most historical-fiction authors endeavor to make every element about the cultural historical, even though the story is told through the eyes of fictional characters.
What is the age range for your books? Generally speaking, historical-fiction is 13+ through adult. However, all of my titles (with one exception) are content acceptable for all ages. From the Dark to the Dawn (coming soon!) is the exception. It has been rated by my endorsers and myself as 13+. None of my titles contain gore, inappropriate sensuality, immorality, or PG-14 violence.
Are your titles romances? No. Characters do fall in love and marry in some of my books, but romance is an enhancement rather than the entire focus. Adventure, exciting journeys, and battles are the main focus.
Do you have resources for home educators? Yes! I wrote all of my titles with home educators as part of my target audience. Therefore, all of my books contain historical foot-notes and glossaries. Additionally, beginner and advanced comprehension questions are available for Remembering the Alamo. Upon request, I can make them available for all of my other titles as well.
What made you write a book series about the Middle Ages? I've always had a strong fascination for the Medieval Era and, from a young age, I wanted to read good historical books on the subject. However, many (not all!) works of historical-fiction were always full of unnecessary violence, graphic descriptions, and witchcraft. So, God laid it on my heart to write a historical book/series that was family-friendly and entertaining, yet accurate. Thus my series was born!
How did you become a writer? Ever since I was a child of ten or eleven, I have had the burning desire to write. Writing is my passion and God has blessed my efforts. I truly think that He put it in me to be a writer and has a purpose for my writing.
I want to become a writer. How do I begin? Pray and then pray some more! Ask God to show you if He has given you the gift of writing and what He wants you to do with that gift. If you are confident that you are called to write, then start your research. Study the topic you are going to write about day and night (I took about six years to study the Middle Ages and I am still learning.) Sometime during the actual writing process, figure out who your intended audience is, get some advertisement ideas, and start researching publishing options. There are limitless publishing options out there - from self-publishing to traditional publishing to package deals that are in-between. Above all, don't get discouraged. My first book project took around eight years; my friend's project is going on three years. Expect to give it some time and a lot of effort.
I want to contact your publisher/publishing consultant. How can I do this? Simply drop me a line at my About Alicia page and I will put you in contact with my consultant.
Did you struggle with Writer's Block? Oh, yes.That horrible "disease" can effect the toughest writer! I also struggled with what I call "Writer's Unenthusiasm".
Do you have tips for overcoming Writer's Block? I've heard limitless suggesstions about what to do, but few of them actually worked for me. I will simply list the ones that helped me.
1. Pray a lot. Have your family and friends pray for you as well. 2. Force yourself to write even when you don't want to. Sometimes (and I'm still not sure why) something will seem to snap and you will be flooded with ideas. 3. Get your hands on as much good music as possible! Find themes that correspond with what you are writing about and listen to them while you write. 4. Schedule times to write - sometimes a little bit of order and scheduling is just what you need. 5. Get yourself remotivated about your project and what is taking place in your manuscript. Think positively, yet realisticly. 6. If all else fails, mark the section you are struggling with and move on. Come back to it later when you are refreshed and motivated.
What was the most exciting part of writing your medieval series? Learning archery and swordplay! In order to make chapter three of To Birmingham Castle come alive for me, I decided to learn the basics of longbow archery! My brother had a bow and some arrows, so I spent some time learning how to hold it, fire the arrows, etc. I also had a few tips from a professional, so that was great. (I'm rusty now - don't ask me to show you any archery techniques!) Also, I watched a show on medieval swordplay and read up on the proper stances. Believe it or not, I practiced doing some of the moves, including the sword block - a move in which you actually place both hands on the sword and counter a stroke with the blade, not a shield.
What are your future goals? To continue writing historical-fiction novels!
So why the huge emphasis on no witchcraft in your books? As a born-again Christian, I believe that all forms of witchcraft/sorcery are wrong. (Yes, even "white" witchcraft and other "Christianized" forms of sorcery.) The Bible warns us to keep ourselves pure from such things and, judging by the many stories found in the Old and New Testaments, disregarding God's commands never ends favorably. For better insight on how opposed God is to witchcraft, read 2 Kings 21 and focus especially on verses six, eleven, and twelve. Also, check out Call to Arms.
In addition, witchraft simply wasn't as prevalent in the Middle Ages as some would have us to believe. Many books and movies emphasize sorcery as being the greatest factor of that time-period - which is not only dangerous for the wholesome-minded family, but is far from historical. See Fact or Fantasy? for more information.
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