3 Questions Wednesday with Erin R. Howard

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

This week’s guest is developmental editor and fantasy author, Erin R. Howard.  Welcome to the Inspired Prompt blog!

First question—Who is your favorite author?

Erin: This is a hard question! I love to read, so there are many authors that I enjoy. Since I am a fantasy author, I will say that my favorite is Ted Dekker. I love the way that he creates his story worlds. You feel as though you are right there experiencing it with the character.

He does write fascinating stories.  Now, second question

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Erin:  I write urban fantasy, which has fantasy elements but is set in our current world and I love blending these two worlds together. Right now, I have another series in the planning stages that will be related to my current series. After that, I would love to write a dystopian book or a fairy tale retelling.

All of those genres are popular. 🙂 That brings us to question number three—

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Erin:  I’ve always been fascinated with angels, and when I was creating my character Matthias, I not only wanted to show him as a warrior, but also show him as kind, patient, and a fierce protector. But as the story unfolded, I found there’s so much more to him than meets the eye. I won’t give away all of my secrets, {you’ll have to read the story to find out!}, but Matthias is not only a warrior and protector but someone that you need by your side.

Sounds like someone we all would like to know. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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 The Soul Searcher

Elnora’s parents gave her one rule:

Stay hidden away at all costs.

Elnora Scott is used to her survival depending on the decisions of others. Locked away in her safe house, it is easy to follow her parents’ dying wishes until an angel, demon, and seer show up on her doorstep. Now, waking up in a dirty cell, she wishes she would have gone with them when she had the chance, because the very ones who unknowingly ushered the kidnapper to her location may be the only ones who can save her.

When Thea learns that Elnora may be in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to go find her. Thea thought stepping through the portal would be her greatest obstacle, but it only reveals a more sinister threat.

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Erin R. Howard is a developmental editor, fantasy author of The Kalila Chronicles, and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. When she’s not writing, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, fueling her craft addictions, and teaching writing workshops. Erin is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the KenTen Writers Group. She resides in Western Kentucky with her husband and three children.

You can find Erin at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. She also has a blog and newsletter.

3 Questions Wednesday with Lori Stanley Roeleveld

Roeleveld Headshot 2015Today we welcome author and disturber of hobbits, Lori Stanley Roeleveld, to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Hello, Lori! So glad you stopped by. First question.

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Lori: Oh dear, can any writer choose just one other? I love expansive, historic fiction with intrigue and action so I tend toward epic writers like Edward Rutherfurd, Stephen R. Lawhead, and Bernard Cornwell. I also have a strong speculative bent so Frank Peretti, James L. Rubart, Orson Scott Card, Joel Rosenberg, Lawhead (again), and Ted Dekker reign. If I were trapped in a room with only one shelf of books, I’d hope it was stocked with Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, C.S.Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Raymond Bradbury. I suppose it means I have some sort of issue that there are no women in this list but glancing at my shelf, are three quietly powerful works by Pearl S. Buck, so there’s her and The History of Love by Nicole Kraus blew me away. I love epic, sweeping stories, heroic characters, and a wink of humor in my stories as well as strong imagery and timeless symbolism. I love writers that write across genres because they generally are experts at wordcraft

I believe I could be happy with a shelf of books like that. Some great characters in those works…

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Lori: Salieri from Amadeus. I can truly relate to the temptation to which he fell prey. His initial desire to please God with his music became twisted by creative envy that eventually destroyed him. It’s a cautionary tale for me as a writer who desires to please God. It’s very easy to begin using your creative gift to worship Him and slowly begin to worship your creativity. Salieri keeps me on track.

That would preach. 🙂 Last question.

What project are you currently working on?

Lori: I’m really excited about my next non-fiction book due out from Abingdon Press in September 2016. It’s called Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life). I just got a glimpse of the cover and it’s beautiful. In Jesus and the Beanstalk, I use the first part of “Jack and the Beanstalk” to make sense of applying 2 Peter 1:1-10 to the Christian life. It’s about the secret to being effective in our knowledge of Jesus but also about how to engage with a culture that’s more and more at odds with our faith.

Can’t wait to read that one. Thanks so much, Lori, for being our guest today!

Lori has graciously offered to bless one commenter with a print copy of Red Pen Redemption so be sure and leave a comment.

Red Pen RedemptionRed Pen Coverrgb

Warning: Helen Bancroft is not a sweet woman and this is not a sweet story. What would you do if God took you up on a dare? Helen Bancroft’s led a good life and feels no need for her daughter’s Savior. When God accepts Helen’s dare to edit her autobiography and prove her righteousness, she’s in for a lesson in her own history. One woman’s journey from unbelief to acceptance turns into the Christmas Eve adventure of a lifetime beneath the red pen of Christ’s mercy and grace.

Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored an unsettling blog since 2009; a pursuit that eventually resulted in her first book, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus). Her new release is a Christmas novella, Red Pen Redemption, available now and she’s currently working on her next release, Jesus and the Beanstalk. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most important things from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. You’ll find her at her website www.loriroeleveld.com. If not, know she’s off somewhere slaying dragons. Not available for children’s parties