Why are you in my sandbox?


That’s the feeling I had reading a book the other day with historical characters I’ve also written about in it. Who are you? Who gave you permission to play with my characters? What do you think you’re doing?!

Fact of the matter is, writing about someone makes them real to the author. You get to know them, love them (or hate them), and feel possessive about them.

Some of you may have noticed I can be a bit … um… intense about Lucius Pontius Pilate.

Well, that’s because he’s mine… sort of. I wrote a book about him at 17. I published a few copies. People liked it. Since I wanted to pursue traditional publishing with other books, I yanked it for awhile.

After banging around in the literary world for many months, I started wondering, do I want to be a big name brand published author? Do I want to land a six book deal? Do I want to write the same sorts of books for the rest of my life?

The answer was – nope.

I’m an Introvert. I don’t want to do book signings, and book tours, and book interviews. I don’t want to write about the same characters all the time. I write them, I get to know them, I finish their story, and I move on. I don’t even write the same kind of book twice. I bounce around between historical epics to fantasy novels to murder mysteries. I write fiction. I write nonfiction. I write editorials, articles, reviews, and novels.

In short, I’m every agent’s worst nightmare, with a dose of chocolate on the side.

Long story made short? Over the next couple of years, my books will hit Kindle and POD (Print on Demand — paperback).

iclaudiaminiFirst up is my revised, shortened, and polished take on Claudia Procula – the wife of Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea.

(Coming in mid August to your e-reader!)

It doesn’t start or end in Israel. It follows Pilate’s early military and political career like a Roman invasion, hits all the high points of his time in Judea, and throws into your path such historical figures as Caligula, Tiberius, Herod, Lazarus, Martha, and Jesus. It deals with prophetic nightmares, political intrigue, bitter rivalries… and you’ll never guess what happens to Barabbas!

It’s I, Claudia, and it’ll change your views on Pontius Pilate forever.

Stay tuned for more information, sneak peek chapters, and giveaways!

In case Biblical fiction isn’t to your taste, here’s a glimpse of what else is coming up in 2013…

A heroine who doesn’t understand the full extent of her magical powers, a sword-carrying minister who can draw out the souls of the dead, a famous inventor hidden away in the woods, and a villain who can trap you in your dreams collide in Thornewicke, a Victorian fantasy novel with a twist.

If you think you have all the symbolism in The Lord of the Rings movies figured out, think again! Chapter by chapter, peruse the hidden meanings in the characters, events, and places of Middle-earth… by Watching The Lord of the Rings with God.

Thank you for taking this journey with me! God bless you all!

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  1. Yay! I know it’s been a rough struggle to decide between finding a publisher or choosing to self publish, and I’m glad you’ve found the right choice * huggles * I hope everything goes well for you, and your book starts selling like hotcakes or chocolate

    What’s this??? You’re going to have a POD version? 😀 Yaaaaaaaaayyyy. Although I think there’s something called “Kindle for PC” on Amazon now, so you can download/read e-books on your PC even without a kindle.

    Love the cover, it’s really cute, it makes Claudia seem like an every day, contemporary girl–which is a unique perspective. Because if you think about it, that’s what she was once, an everyday, normal young woman–by Ancient Roman standards 😉 !

    Mid-August–you’re going to make us all wait that long 😉 ?

    1. It was hard to make up my mind, but considering five of Amazon’s highest-selling e-books are self-published… it doesn’t seem like a bad gamble. I see a lot of potential in the e-book market. Sure, there will be a lot of slush out there but we’ll also see books popping up in terrific genres, or that blend genres, that we’d never get to read otherwise! My stuff is too religious for a secular publisher and too paranormal for a Christian publisher. Heh.

      Yes, although POD isn’t my favorite — I get the same royalty but it costs the buyer a lot more. And yes, there is a Kindle app for computers, which is nice! I love my Kindle. I love not having to hold a book open and try to read it!

      Thank you! I questioned whether or not to make it seem modern, and ultimately decided … yeah, it’s not a pretentious or an old-fashioned book, it’s a book anyone can read and enjoy and learn from, because Claudia is just… an ordinary girl. (Maybe with a bit more sass than some of her contemporaries.)

      Unfortunately, yes — I need enough time to let my proof-reader finish it, to figure out formatting for Kindle and POD (two separate issues), to test the Kindle book, and get a POD copy back to check and make sure everything is all right with the paperback. I’m hoping it’s easier than it looks. 😛

  2. This is SO exciting!!! I CANNOT wait to read Thornwicke, though I want to read the other two as well. I have a Kindle, so I’ll have to get these. 😀

  3. Wow, Charity, this is amazing! I’m so happy for you 😀 I’m looking forward to reading your titles and all the wonderful stuff you have coming up 🙂 You’re inspiring me to get a move on my writing 😉

    Btw, I think I would be a nightmare for an agent as well; I wouldn’t want to contain myself to writing in one genre *nods* There’s just so many different story ideas I want to write, so many writing media I want to try…

    1. Thank you!

      Girl, go write! Write awesome books for me to read! Write books in every genre you can think of! Don’t be stuck in the box! It’s the people who think outside it who make a difference in life!

  4. I look forward to reading them all. They sound fabulous to me, can’t see why they weren’t nabbed up, but you have to do what is best for your beloved stories. They are like our children, aren’t they?

  5. Woo-hoo! Charity, this cover is lovely. I like that you took a risk and went contemporary in a Biblical genre. Nicely done.

    Pretty much I squealed also when I saw you will publish your fantasy novel – I CANNOT wait for that one, girl!!!! The extra wait for POD will be worth it. Of that, I have no doubt. 😉

    1. Thank you! I wanted something a bit more hip and modern than the usual stuff in the genre (plus, I don’t have access to period costumes, a model, and a photographer!). I’m trying to get away from that “stuffy historical vibe” that sometimes comes with Bible novels.

      Well, I hope you enjoy it when you read it. It’s gone through six revisions, so I’m pretty sick of looking at it. LOL

      PS: Tell your friend Amber Stokes that I’m shifting Femnista to be more useful for independent writers — any self-published author can have free book promotion in the publication for any article they write. She may want to consider submitting something once her book is out. We have a pretty fair-sized readership, and it’s free publicity. I’m inviting other Christian self-published writers to do the same.

  6. SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO excited! You are an amazing writer and I cannot wait to read these!!! But I don’t have a Kindle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Ooh, ooh, ooooooooh!!!!!

    Your new cover is AMAZING and I really, really think it’s going to intrigue your readers. Great job! I can hardly wait to buy your ebook copy! Thank goodness I actually have a Kindle now or I would be very, very depressed!

    1. Thank you! I went through about six different cover designs before I picked this one. (Tried this… tried that… finally landed on something good.)

      Hope you like the new version! 🙂

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