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Putting words to the inexpressible aspects of life and faith, and how our guests explore them both in the real world and on the page.


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Putting words to the inexpressible aspects of life and faith, and how our guests explore them both in the real world and on the page.



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What Makes Good Stories that Are Worth Reading - Part Six of Six



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What Makes Good Stories that Are Worth Reading - Part Five of Six



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What Makes Good Stories that Are Worth Reading - Part Four of Six



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What Makes Good Stories that Are Worth Reading - Part Three of Six

Our podcast mentioned these WhiteFire Group titles: One Hundred Valleys by Bonnie Leon My Mother's Chamomile by Susie Finkbeiner Click the links on the titles to read two sample chapters.


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What Makes Good Stories that Are Worth Reading - Part Two of Six

David and Roseanna White chat about the role of villains and anti-heroes in stories, and how they inspire us to make better choices in reality.


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What Makes Good Stories that Are Worth Reading - Part One of Six

Publishing team David and Roseanna White chat about where fact and fiction meet, and how Truth can often be found in the middle of a made- up story...more so, sometimes, than in one based in reality. https://www.whitefire.tv/unexpressed-ep-12-what-makes-good-stories-that-are-worth-reading-part-one-of-six/


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unExpressed Ep 11: Lauralee Bliss

Today’s guest is Lauralee Bliss. She’s the author of Mountains, Madness and Miracles: 4000 Miles Along the Appalachian Trail and Gators, Guts and Glory: Adventures Along the Florida Trail as well as numerous works of fiction. We chat about her hiking adventures, history, and how hiking or just taking a walk can give God an opening to reveal something new to you. Her new Podcast, Blissful Hiking Adventures, is now available now on the WhiteFire Podcast Network. ABOUT LAURALLEE LAURALEE “BLISSFUL” BLISS Lauralee Bliss (trail name Blissful) is an avid adventurer, having hiked the entire Appalachian Trail twice from Georgia to Maine and from Maine to Georgia, one of only 25 women to accomplish this feat. Lauralee has also hiked numerous other trails including the Colorado Trail and the Florida Trail in 2018. She is a published author of twenty-five novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary with over 600,000 sold. Besides her love of hiking and writing a good book, Lauralee enjoys speaking about her hiking experiences, traveling to interesting places, and gardening. She makes her home in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. http://blissfulhiking.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraleeBliss/ https://twitter.com/LauraleeBliss BOOKS BY LAURALEE GATORS, GUTS & GLORY: ADVENTURES ALONG THE FLORIDA TRAIL Read a Sample Purchase MOUNTAINS, MADNESS, & MIRACLES: 4000 MILES ALONG THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL Read a Sample Purchase OTHER BOOKS BY LAURALEE INTERESTING THINGS FROM THE INTERVIEW Info About The Trails – Visit the websites for more information, maps and more. Appalachian Trail Convervancy Florida Trail Association GO TAKE A HIKE! Lauralee wanted to end our talk today by asking each listener to go take a hike or even just a walk through the neighborhood and see what God might reveal to you along the way.


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unExpressed Ep 10: Joy Palmer

https://www.whitefire.tv/unexpressed-ep-10-joy-palmer Today's guest is Joy Palmer, Today's Guest is Joy Palmer Author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations, Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations, and Marriage, Melodies and Rewritten Conclusions (coming winter 2020.) You'll be drawn in immediately when you start reading her books so go over to READ at WhiteFire to read a chapter or two before coming back to the interview. V. Joy Palmeer V. Joy Palmer is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, an avid blogger, and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets. https://www.vjoypalmer.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vjoypalmer_author/ Facebook @VJoyPalmer Twitter @VJoyPalmer Books By Joy Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations Read a Sample Purchase Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations Read a Sample Purchase Interesting things from the Interview Don't forget to go watch I Was a Male War Bride Call to Action Take a minute to examine your heart to see if there’s an issue you’ve been afraid to ask God to help you with and commit now to taking that to Him.


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unExpressed Ep 9: Hannah Curie

https://www.whitefire.tv/ep9-hannah-currie Today’s Guest is Hannah Currie, author of Heart of a Royal and the sequel Heart of a Princess (releasing Summer 2020). We talk about why she writes Young Adult fiction and how that genre has had a profound effect on her life, why she, and maybe every female on the planet, loves stories about princesses, and how you should be prepared for God having some different in store than you might have expected. ABOUT HANNAH HANNAH CURRIE Aussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at www.hannahcurrie.com. http://aheartfulofhope.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/author.hannah.currie/ https://www.instagram.com/hannah_currie_author/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19415112.Hannah_Currie HEART OF A ROYAL Read a Sample Purchase HEART OF A PRINCESS COMING SUMMER 2020 To the watching world, Princess Alina has it all – maids to serve her, a kingdom to revere her, a prince to marry her, and a wardrobe filled with enough frills, flounces and shades of pink to rival a flower shop. But behind the smiles and designer clothes, Alina has a secret. She’s barely holding it together. After a moment of panic almost ends in tragedy, Alina is sent to a refuge far from the palace to recuperate. Her family claim it’s for her own good but – faced with cows, knife-beaked ducks and far too many of her own insecurities – Alina is pretty sure it will kill her first. And Joha Samson, infuriating man that he is, will laugh as it does. Only there’s more to Joha than she realizes, and more to herself too. When the time comes to make a stand, will she find the courage? INTERESTING THINGS FROM THE INTERVIEW Royal Social Media accounts: William and Kate – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/ The Bibilcal fiction of Connilyn Cosssette Amazon Here’s a coupon for 20% off both Heart of a Royal and Seeing Voices: hannahpodcast at whitefire-publishing.com/read (A small note: Heart of a Royal does mention God, just not Jesus directly) CALL TO ACTION We ask you to consider if there’s a difference between what God wants you to do with your live versus what you think God wants you to do. Please post your answer or answers in the comments below or in our Community.


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unExpressed Ep 8: Susie Finkbeiner

https://www.whitefire.tv/ep8-susie-finkbeiner Today’s Guest is Susie Finkbeiner, author of Paint Chips, My Mother’s Chamomile with WhiteFire, The Pearl Spence Series including the books A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs and A Song of Home and All Manner of Things and the upcoming Stories That Bind Us. We talk about the themes of human traficing in Paint Chips, how we need to remember to have empathy not just for others but for ourselves and what it might take to fix our broken communities. SUSIE FINKBEINER Susie Finkbeiner is a novelist from West Michigan. She is the bestselling author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl (Kregel, 2015), A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression, and A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era (Kregel, 2017). Her next two novels will release in 2019 and 2020 with Revell Publishing. She is also the author of My Mother’s Chamomile (WhiteFire, 2014) and Paint Chips (WhiteFire, 2013). Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write. https://susiefinkbeiner.com/ https://www.facebook.com/SusieFinkbeiner/ Twitter: @SusieFinkbeiner Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susie_finkbeiner/ YouTube goodreads BookBub BOOKS BY SUSIE PAINT CHIPS Get a Sample Purchase MY MOTHER’S CHAMOMILE Get a Sample Purchase A CUP OF DUST Purchase A TRAIL OF CRUMBS Purchase A SONG OF HOME Purchase ALL MANNER OF THINGS Purchase STORIES THAT BIND US Purchase INTERESTING THINGS FROM THE INTERVIEW To learn more about human trafficking and resources: Polaris: http://polarisproject.org A company that supports new life for those escaping human trafficking: Better Way Designs: https://betterwaydesigns.org Confessions of a Funeral Director (Caleb Wilde): https://www.calebwilde.com The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/ CALL TO ACTION One of the most powerful weapons we have against the darkness of this world is to pray for the Light to ou...


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unExpressed Ep 7: Angela Henderson

https://www.whitefire.tv/ep7-angela-henderson/. Today’s Guest is Angela Henderson author of Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree and Isaac and Izzy’s Treehouse. We talk about why she loves picture books, how she brings her books alive when she reads to groups of children and the power of collaboration between authors and illustrators. ANGELA HENDERSON Angela Henderson resides in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches middle school English Language Arts & Reading and is a mother of three. Exploring children’s books for twelve years with her own children during numerous “story times” at the local library and reading hundreds of books to her children, her passion for quality children’s literature led her to write her own work. After creating her blog and Facebook page, Kidsbook Friends, and her Instagram, KidsBookFriends_Instabooks, she’s been able to share her love of literature with over a thousand followers by featuring authors and books. She’s thrilled to introduce her own creative story where magical moments lead to positive perspectives. www.angelahendersonauthor.com Facebook Twitter@KidsbookFriends Instagram @angelahendersonauthor BOOKS BY ANGELA ISAAC AND IZZY’S TREE HOUSE Get a Sample Purchase ISAAC AND IZZY’S TREE HOUSE Get a Sample Purchase INTERESTING THINGS FROM THE INTERVIEW Looking for a fun way to end the school year with your students during at-home learning? How about an Virtual Author Visit at their end-of-the-year party *with a Personal Author Visit later? Your students will be the FIRST to hear my new book, Isaac & Izzy’s Tree House, as my publisher is releasing it May 2020. Let me bring the PARTY to your school event. *For schools outside DFW, if we cannot schedule a personal visit, I’d love to do our virtual party now and a special FaceTime Live event with your students next school year. My publisher can ship signed books to your school! If you’d like to have Angela visit your school contact Angela at author.angelahenderson@gmail.com. Check out the video from Angela for more details: Isaac and Izzy’s Treehouse Launch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhjaD8AuLPo&feature=youtu.be Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree Event See more from the illustrator Rachael Koppendrayer https://www.rachaelkoppendrayer.com/ Other Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators Elsa Kleven – https://www.elisakleven.com/ Julia Rawlinson – https://www.juliarawlinson.com/ Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot) – http://www.peterhreynolds.com/dot/ Eric Carle – https://eric-carle.com/ Vanessa Brantley Newton- https://www.vanessabrantleynewton.com/ Aaron Reynolds- http://www.aaron-reynolds.com/ Peter Brown-http://www.peterbrownstudio.com/ Karma Wilson- https://www.karmawilson.com/meet.htm Also Mentioned: Madaleine L’Engle – https://www.madeleinelengle.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Water-Reflections-Faith-Art/dp/0804189277 CALL TO ACTION Try to find Wonder in the little things from squirrels playing in trees to flowers in the garden. We’d love to hear your stories of finding child like wonder in our daily lives so lease post your answer or answers in the comments below or in our Community.


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unExpressed Ep6: Roseanna M. White

http://www.whitefire.tv/ep5-roseanna-white And be sure to check out our series with Roseanna on What Makes Good Stories that Are Worth Reading (Episodes 12-17) ROSEANNA M. WHITE Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. www.RoseannaMWhite.com https://facebook.com/roseannamwhite twitter: @RoseannaMWhite BOOKS BY ROSEANNA A STRAY DROP OF BLOOD Read a Sample Purchase JEWEL OF PERSIA Read a Sample Purchase A SOFT BREATH OF WIND Read a Sample Purchase GIVER OF WONDERS Read a Sample Purchase A HEART’S REVOLUTION Read a Sample Purchase THE LOST HEIRESS THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS A LADY UNRIVALED A NAME UNKNOWN


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unExpressed Ep5: Sarah S.E. Clancy

http://www.whitefire.tv/ep5-sarah-clancy SE CLANCY An adrenaline junkie, S.E. Clancy has skydived, worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, and raised two daughters with her husband of over 25 years in Northern California. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek, and self-proclaimed dork, there isn’t much she won’t try at least once … unless it involves mayonnaise because that stuff is just gross. Author Website Follow on Instagram BOOKS BY SARAH VICTORIA GRACE, THE JERK FACE Preorder to get a Sample Purchase INTERESTING THINGS FROM THE INTERVIEW Are you a parent of a teen? If so, what questions trouble you most? What do you most struggle with and what solutions have you come up with that might be helpful for other parents? Visit the episode's page to let us know: http://www.whitefire.tv/ep4-olivia-smit/


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unExpressed Ep4: Olivia Smit

http://www.whitefire.tv/ep4-olivia-smit/ OLIVIA SMIT Olivia Smit was born in Ontario, Canada, and loves small towns: although she has never lived in one, she writes about them often! Olivia is currently pursuing an Honours Specialization in Creative Writing, English Language, and Literature at a local university, and she’s passionate about writing Young Adult fiction that faces hard truth with hope and encouragement. https://oliviasmit.ca/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19525948.Olivia_Smit https://www.facebook.com/camille.eide Twitter @oliviamsmit BOOKS BY OLIVIA SEEING VOICES Preorder to get a Sample: Purchase INTERESTING THINGS FROM THE INTERVIEW Olivia’s Blog – the cwtch: Her writing journey: https://thecwtch.blogspot.com/2018/03/why-im-still-writing-same-book-3-years.html And in case you were wondering about the name like I know I was here’s Olivia’s Explaniation: “Growing up with Welsh grandparents, cwtch is a word I heard a lot. It’s one of those cool words that doesn’t really have an English equivalent; it can be a hug/cuddle, a safe place created in the hearts of two people, or it can be a literal hiding place (ex. the cupboard under the stairs.) It’s a word full of softness and non-romantic love for another person; just a quiet place where you can relax and be safe. And that’s what I want for my blog. A big hug and a safe place.“ Some Definitions relating to the deaf/Deaf/Hard of hearing/hearing impaired: (from the Canadian Association of the Deaf) deaf: A medical/audiological term referring to those people who have little or no functional hearing. Deaf (with capital D): A sociological term referring to those individuals who are medically deaf or hard of hearing who identify with and participate in the culture, society, and language of Deaf people, which is based on Sign language. Their preferred mode of communication is Sign. hard of hearing: A person whose hearing loss ranges from mild to profound and whose usual means of communication is speech. It is both a medical and a sociological term. hearing impaired: This term is not acceptable in referring to people with a hearing loss. It should never be used in referring to Deaf people. “Hearing impaired” is a medical condition; it is not a collective noun for people who have varying degrees of hearing loss. It fails to recognize the differences between the Deaf and the hard of hearing communities. Olivia is a freelance editor at LivEdits CALL TO ACTION Have you had a story that helped you get through a tough time in your life and would like to share we’d love to hear it. Who knows who might be encouraged by your story today? Visit the episode's page to let us know: http://www.whitefire.tv/ep4-olivia-smit/


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unExpressed Ep3: April McGowan

http://www.whitefire.tv/ep3-april-mcgowan/ April McGowan loves to read and write inspirational fiction. She and her husband, two children, and her ‘mews’ (three cats!), live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers, the Christian Author’s Network, and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, homeschooling her son, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she’s on a world tour. Hey, it could happen. www.aprilmcgowan.com https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAprilMcGowan/ Twitter @AprilKMcGowan JASMINE Read a Sample Purchase MACY Read a Sample Purchase HOLD THE LIGHT Read a Sample Purchase SHINE THE LIGHT Read a Sample Purchase April’s Blog Posts: Why I Write About Hard Things If you want to learn more about chronic illnesses: https://primaryimmune.org/ (A Note from April: There’s so many different chronic illnesses out there, but this is the group I’m most familiar with. Primary Immune Disease (where you don’t have a sufficient immune system to protect your body with), which is very different from autoimmune (where it attacks your body). Both are devastating in their own way. ) Oregon Fostor Care and Adpotion Info: https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/fostercare/pages/index.aspx and https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/ADOPTION/Pages/index.aspx The feature in The Christian Journal on April and Shine the Light: (page 12) https://en.calameo.com/read/00437127097108b6f1240 A sneak peak at one of the neat things coming in her next book – Bird Songs! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-05/uocp-bcw052009.php https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/the-development-of-birdsong-16133266/


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unExpressed Ep2 Cara Luecht

http://www.whitefire.tv/ep2-cara-luecht Today's Guest is Cara Luecht, author of Soul Painter, Soul's Prisoner, Soul's Cry, Gathered Waters and Devil in the Dust. We talk about how her blog post Why I Write spoke to us as a publisher, emotional honesty and empathy, and why stories often speak to us more than education and facts. Cara's Blog Posts: http://www.caraluecht.com/blog/ Why I Write Not Christian Enough Other Links: More Empathy and Less Sympathy Call to Action Question: Has a Novel or other fictional work ever helped you understand other people - particularly people very different from you - in a better way? How Did you change because of that experience?


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unExpressed Ep1: Camille Eide

http://www.whitefire.tv/ep1-camille-eide/ Camille Eide writes about love, faith, and family. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grammy, church office manager, bass guitarist, and a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, and Peanut M&Ms. Camille won the 2016 Writer of Promise award from the Oregon Christian Writers. Camille Eide, author of Like a Love Song, Like there’s no Tomorrow, The Memoir of Johnny Devine and Wings Like a Dove http://www.camilleeide.com/ https://www.facebook.com/camille.eide Twitter @CamilleEide From the Interview: Nobody's Little Princess Blog Post Grace Like Snow Blog Post Alistair Begg - Truth For Life Discussion Question: Do you think it’s a good idea to bring divided people together? Do you think it’s possible?