Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: J.R. Johansson

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 (Next up on the TABC 2015 front, author J.R. Johansson. She's got some amazing things to say about her struggles as a mom and a writer. Her new book, Cut me Free, is in book outlets everywhere ) What was the one event in your life that got you writing?I don't know if it was any one event, but I had just gone through a divorce, was a single mom for the first time ever, and my 5-year-old son had just been diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. With all of those things in my h … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: Co-Founder and Author Lois Brown

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(The countdown to Teen Author Boot Camp is now at ten days. Rumor has it, over 625 teens have signed up for this conference. Lois Brown, one of the co-founders, has written an amazing book, Robbed of Soul,  that she is really launching at the camp. Below, she gives us her thoughts on writing, never giving up and working to be a better writer)  What was the one event in your life that got you writing?I really didn't think I'd become a writer professionally until I started college. On a whi … [Read more...]

The Battle Of What Seemed Like Five Hours

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I am the parent of a teenager. This puts me in the weird new reality of my humongous child now venturing away from the house without me; going out with his friends instead. He gets to go to movies—in the theater. I used to do that… He has already seen two movies that I wanted to see before I got to. The first was “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the second was “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,” both of which I had to w … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Co-Founder and Author Jo Schaffer

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 (What better way to start our Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Coverage than with two of its founders? First up is Jo Schaffer, whose book,  Against Her Will, releases today! So, go buy it.  She has some pretty fantastic thoughts on writing, her worldview, and how young writers can have fun. Plus, she will be doing a panel discussion and book signing at the King's English in Salt Lake the night before TABC). What was the one event in your life that got you writing?There re … [Read more...]

On The Road with the Dark Bride….(on second thought, that might be a BAD idea) and a cool contest!

 Well, it's been a long and strange road to get here. But, finally, the second book of the 3 Gates series, Dark Bride is here.To that end, my excellent publisher, Open Road Media, my agent Amy Jameson, and myself are planning sort of an epic book road trip/launch/craziness.Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Dark Bride Crazy Road Tour of 2015. And you can participate too!So, all this madness will begin on April 8th, when I leave my day job at Ave Maria and drive west. Yes, … [Read more...]

Does Top Gear Stop Here?

(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of Jen Schlameuss-Perry) Mondays are…well, Mondays. Garfield hates them; most people in the workforce hate them. But, for me Mondays were a good thing. Sunday is the first day of my work week, so there’s that, and I have karate Monday night. I love that. Then, I had the great joy of looking forward to a nice cold beer and some beautiful escapism while playing the jewel game on my phone and watching the eight billion episodes of Top Gear that would rec … [Read more...]

Against Better Judgment, the First Entry of My Daughter’s Diary

The other day, I found a small notebook in my daughter's room. Her diary. I probably shouldn't do this, but here's the first entry. If it can provide hope and inspiration to other toddlers out there, it's worth sharing. My name is Kaylin. My life is so hard. Everything is provided for me. I have a whole house, including a big room all to myself with closets and drawers full of clothes. The walls are blue because I wanted them that way, and my stuffed animals take up a good three quarters of the … [Read more...]

You Didn’t Say It, You Didn’t Do It

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(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)The Princess Bride was on TV the other night. No matter what else is happening in my life, if I’m flipping channels and I come across The Princess Bride, that’s as far as I’m going. I have the movie on DVD—I could watch it any time I want—without commercials. But, if I see it on TV, I’m watching it. It was playing in the background while I was working, and while I wasn’t paying 100% attention to it, it didn’t stop me from saying the li … [Read more...]

Dragon Baptisms

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(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)For almost half my life it has been my job to work with individuals who are converting to Catholicism through the RCIA process. During Lent, as is the case with all Catholics, we focus very much on our sinfulness and our need for reconciliation with God and one another. The whole 40 days of Lent is dedicated to this and have we rituals to assist in it.Everybody is always super jealous of the Elect who will be Baptized at Easter … [Read more...]

Bound by Words: Love, Tragedy and Faith in a Writer’s Group

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(Last year, I met the five remarkable ladies who make up Writer's Cubed. They liked my writing and did me the honor of inviting me to speak at the 2014 Teen Author Boot Camp, a one day conference for teen writers. I had the time of my life and made life long friends. This year I'm going back and speaking at the 2015  TABC conference in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more interviews from the other authors at the conference. I've also updated this article with recent information. Go here for last … [Read more...]


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