Listen to author Jack Hayes talk about getting published and working with Crimson Pulse Media! His story Silencing Void is featured in Nebula Chronicles: Endeavor.
Announcing two brand new stories coming from Crimson Pulse Media.
Edge & Narrow presents The Pit an episodic story with a single chapter releasing each Saturday beginning January 14th with a double episode release) and running through the end of the year.
A mysterious world is discovered with a massive, miles-wide pit torn through one continent. The planet is strewn with the remains of a fallen civilization. What happened to the locals, and what were they digging for so desperately? A young intern assigned to the first expedition into the Pit will be among the first to find out...
Prepare to follow the adventure into The Pit and don't miss a single episode.
Lost Realms presents the Dissident Saga coming July 2017
Book 1: Ransom’s Ruin
Kelonia is still recovering from a vicious civil war that destroyed most of the country’s infrastructure thirty years ago. When Shiloh’s farm is attacked and destroyed, her parents recognize the attack strategy as one favored by Dissident fighters from the last war. Shiloh must find a secure location to hide while she prepares to take a stand against the enemy who is trying to recruit her.
Interview by Rebecca Pettett
Featuring The Galactic Exploration Collection
Rebecca: What was the first story you wrote about?
Ann: I’ve been writing from a very early age, so it’s hard to remember what my first story was. My first good story was written for a writing contest in fourth grade and was called “Noella” after the main character. I’m proud to say that it made it to the finals.
Rebecca: Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration for a story?
Ann: My favorite place to go for inspiration would probably be outside on a nice, sunny day. It could be on my porch or somewhere in my yard.
Rebecca: What is your favorite part of the writing process? What is your least favorite?
Ann: My favorite part of the writing process, I think, is getting to develop the characters and just coming up with a story in general. My least favorite part is revising, because it is EXHAUSTING!
Rebecca: What is the hardest thing for you to capture on a piece of paper?
Ann: A water buffalo! Just kidding ;) My real answer would be that it is hardest for me to come up with a good ending to a story.
Rebecca: What main piece of advice would you give a new writer?
Ann: One thing to do if you want to become a good writer is read well-written books. Usually, I prefer the older, classic books that have stood the test of time. Another important thing to do is practice writing. When you write, your writing doesn’t have to be super long, just write often and your writing will become better.
Rebecca: For some last minute fun: What do you like to do in your free time?
Ann: I really enjoy singing and I also love to read.
Rebecca: And what is your favorite dish to eat?
Ann: Hmmm...there are so many good ones. One fun dish that my family sometimes eats is taco boats. It’s a yummy mixture of taco-like ingredients put into a soft tortilla shell shaped like a boat! Another good dish is the mashed potatoes that my mom and grandma make at Thanksgiving time. They use the same recipe and it tastes SO GOOD!
My next post in our series introducing the authors from my upcoming project is from Rebecca Pettett. Take a moment and find out about a book that she found inspiring.
I've really been inspired by a lot of different stories, so it's kind of unfair to say that there's been a “most,” however, I was really inspired by the book called Bruchko—it's a true story by Bruce Olson.
In this autobiography, Bruce tells his story of how he felt God calling him to the mission field around the age of nineteen, and that God wanted him to minister to a tribe in Colombia called the Motilones. Bruce didn't want to go—God made him go anyway.
Reading this story, it's inspiring to see that Bruce went through lots and lots of trials, and yet God was with him through all of it. It was also both inspiring and challenging for me to read about how Bruce went through the unbelievable, and he still remained faithful to the Lord. Obviously, he couldn't have done it without the Lord, and there were probably plenty of times Bruce questioned what God was doing, but it's encouraging to know that the Lord never left his side and was always faithfully there for him.
“Crazy” is probably a good definition of Bruce's testimony; in fact, if you ever read it, you may have a hard time believing that it's true. But regardless of how crazy it is, it reminds me that the Lord will never leave my side, and He will bring me through each and every one of my own trials. Bruchko is a great read of twists and turns, encouragement and conviction, and is definitely one of my favorites.
Hi everyone! My name is Jack Hayes, and I’m one of the other authors for the Galactic Exploration collection.
I’m a homeschooled freshman, trying to get good grades and finish well. I enjoy school…
most of it, that is. :-)
I have a bunch of hobbies, including writing, reading, making short films, playing instruments and tinkering with tech. I think I might want to be a film director, software developer, or worship leader… I’m just not sure which at the moment.
Oh yeah, and I love playing Pokemon Go.
Here are some random facts about yours truly:
That’s all for now, but stay tuned!
Our next post in our series introducing the authors from my upcoming project is from Rebecca Pettett. Take a moment and get to know a bit about her. I promise, you'll like her!
Greetings! I am Rebecca Pettett, one of the contributing authors to the Galactic Exploration Collection. As an introduction, I'd like to share a little fun about myself.
I'm an artist. I've loved the art of making art since I was little. I draw, crochet, sew, etc., and my room shows it. Let's just say my art materials take up a little bit of space. Okay, it's more like a lot.
I'm a perfectionist. Which is an ironic problem because nobody is perfect—and I am no exception. It's one of the many things I laugh at myself for.
I love Adventures in Odyssey. I've listened to it basically all my life. My family and I still do, but it's not as much as we used to. When I was younger, we used to have a whole collection of cassette tapes with AIO episodes on them. Cassette tapes. We mostly listened to AIO via the radio or online, except on road trips (what else are tapes for?). I lived in a very technologically diverse home.
I'm a musician. I love listening to, playing, or writing music. I mostly like to play piano and guitar, although I play few other instruments as well.
I'm now an author. Which is funny, because as a kid, I hated writing. Absolutely abhorred it. I loved coming up with stories but never finished writing one down until I was thirteen or so. I tried— many times. It probably didn't help that I couldn't spell for the life of me.
Lastly, I love being a part of the Galactic Team. God has brought me through an amazing and crazy journey to get here. It's been a very fun and wild ride, but I'm very grateful to the Lord for this adventure, and I'm glad you can join me. Until next time...
Hello! I’m Ann Hirshberg, one of the writers in the Galactic Exploration Collection that Brock Eastman will be releasing. I was very excited to be a part of this project when I first heard of it, and I’ve learned some things about being a writer along the way.
For example, I’ve found that the writing process can be very challenging, as well as time-consuming. An especially difficult undertaking, to me, is the revision process. This involves making many changes to your story so that it is exactly how you want it to be. I have had lots of help from my family in fixing up my work, but it has not been easy!
Along the way, one factor of revising was that I had to balance all the feedback I received and figure out what advice to take. Every so often, I would have somebody point out a plot hole, or something that wasn’t quite right, and we would spend a long time deciding how to correct it. That was frustrating, but ultimately worthwhile.
The biggest thing that I felt needed improvement was the ending. I had to revise it twice before I thought it was good enough to be a part of my first revision. The first two endings were a little too rushed, but I was finally able to create something that fit. I am sure I will still need to revise some things, but, as of now, I’m rather pleased with my newest resolution. It has been able to build up to a climax that suits the story, and bring it to a close in a way I like.
Overall, the writing process for my part of the collection has been a struggle so far, but it has taken me on a journey. Throughout it all, I have been able to see the transformation of the story I’m writing into something that is growing more satisfactory. I have learned about hard work, and how it is able to bring success.
Over the next few months, you'll be getting to know the contributing authors to the new Galactic Exploration Collection, an exciting collaborative project from Crimson Pulse Media. First up is Elissa, whose story is currently under construction, so you'll have to check back to keep up on the details.
I thought for my first post, it’d be fun to share 10 quirky truths about myself. So here goes.
10. I have four kids, three are homeschooled, the fourth (who was adopted from Russia) goes to a school for children with Autism.
9. I have no professional training as a writer. I’ve never even taken a creative writing class.
8. Aside from writing, I also like photography, graphic design, illustrating, gardening, and scrapbooking.
7. I hate cooking. I’m pretty sure if I didn’t have a family, I would survive by eating cheese and trail mix. So healthy. I know.
6. I read at least 3 books at the same time. I’ll read just about anything, but I normally go for nonfiction or young adult literature.
5. I’ve been an active member of the same church for 30 years. My parents started taking me there when I was in grade school.
4. I don’t own a working television.
3. Someday I’d like to teach writing classes.
2. I think pudding is gross.
1. I met Brock Eastman when he was looking for bloggers to promote his first TQ4T book like 5 years ago. We’ve worked on several projects together. My oldest son and I even got to meet him in person twice - once in Ohio (where I live) and again in Colorado (where he lives). He’s kind of a goof ball!
Thanks for letting me take over! I can't wait to talk to you all again soon!
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