Interview: Connilyn Cossette

Hello everyone! Today I am back with another author interview! Today I was lucky enough to interview Connilyn Cossette the author of the Out of Egypt series! Now onto the questions!

1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Honestly, my ambitions are simply to write well-crafted stories that touch people’s hearts, point them to Jesus and inspire them to study the Word of God for themselves. It was not my goal to be a “Biblical Fiction Author” and who knows what other stories will grow inside my heart in the future but for now within this genre is where the Lord seems to be planting lots of story ideas for the future.  

2. Why do you write?

Because I am addicted to it! Since I began writing a few years ago I have a hard time closing up the laptop when I am supposed to be taking a break. This career is a little bit like being a kid in the candy store for me. I mean, I get to read tons of books, research interesting history, daydream constantly, doodle ideas on paper, mumble to myself without people questioning my sanity (ok, maybe a little bit), and go to work in my PJ’s. I can’t ever imagine stopping writing now that I unleashed my passion for it!

3. When did you decide you wanted to be an author?

When I was thirteen years old I read Gone with the Wind. I read the entire book, in one day, when I was home sick from school. I still remember the sun coming up and the birds welcoming the dawn as I turned that last page. Gone with the Wind awakened my curiosity for history, as well as a passion for historical fiction. In fact, I was so inspired that when I found out Margaret Mitchell had died before writing the sequel, I pulled notebook paper out of my Trapper-Keeper (which dates me), uncapped a green pen, and started writing it for her. I can still see that first scene in my mind—Scarlett sitting on the porch at Tara with her head in Mammy’s lap, bemoaning the loss of Rhett. Although it took many more years and quite a few detours before I realized my dream of becoming an author, I consider that first page (which I dearly wish I still had) the beginning of my writing career.

4. Do you write full-time or part-time?

Well, I am a homeschooling mom so I have a lot of balancing to do during the day but if I am not teaching or mom-ing, I’m pretty much writing!

5. Have any authors inspired you?

Oh, so many. Charlotte Bronte is my favorite, the timelessness of Jane Eyre’s journey of self-discovery and the exquisite language is a huge inspiration. I’m also inspired by Francine Rivers, Liz Curtis Higgs, and countless other fantastic historical writers. And of course my priceless writing partners, Tammy L. Gray and Nicole Deese, inspire me to be a better writer every day!

6. If Counted with the Stars was ever made into a movie who would you imagine as Kiya?

Such a good question. A lot of authors use actors to inspire their writing but whenever I’ve tried that it confuses my voice/characterization, so I find pictures of models and other anonymous people to spark my visual imagination. But that being said, I’ve had people say they see Kiya as Monica Belluci when she depicted Mary Magdalene in the Passion of the Christ and I think that’s a pretty interesting comparison.

7. What do you do when you have writer’s block?

I color! I was reluctant to try the new Adult Coloring book fad but when I did I realized it’s a fantastic vehicle for engaging my creative right brain while letting my mind wander aimlessly and I have come up with some pretty awesome plot points during coloring. In fact, one day I was coloring a fox while brainstorming a hunting scene in Book #3 and voilà! a fox is now featured in that scene! I also use a technique called mind-mapping to spark new ideas and dig deeper into my scenes and back stories.

8. Do you have a favorite author?

Charlotte Bronte for sure. Jane Eyre is a book I have read many times and find new gems each time. Right now I am piece by piece working through the Audible version and it’s causing me to slow down and giving me new insights.

9. Do you have a favorite book or Series?

I recently read the Mark of the Lion Series again and remembered why I adored it so much when I read it 20 years ago. The range of research that Francine Rivers dug into to write that series is breathtaking and her bravery in writing a story that depicted the harsh and gritty realities of that time period is an inspiration to me.  Liz Curtis Higgs Scottish Series is also among my favorites.

10. What inspired you to write Counted with the Stars (and the whole Out from Egypt series)?

Counted with the Stars was inspired by a study I was doing on my own into Exodus and the roots of my faith. I ran across the verse in Exodus 12:38 that said: “a mixed multitude went up with them.” I thought to myself—who were these people that went with the Hebrews on the Exodus? I wondered whether some of them might be Egyptian and what would have inspired them to follow an invisible God into the wilderness when all they had ever known were the gods of Egypt? Kiya’s story began as a product of my own curiosity about the motivations by those we would call “Gentiles” journeying with the Hebrews. Of course, after writing CWTS I was inspired to tell stories of other people whose life-stories connected with the epic journey. So the story of Shira, a Hebrew midwife’s apprentice in Shadow of the Storm, was born which in turn fed into the story of Alanah, a Canaanite woman, in Wings of the Wind. My hope is that the Out from Egypt Series will inspire people to dig into the Word and consider how those ancient stories are absolutely relevant to our lives today and also the timeless grace that adorns the pages of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations.

That’s all for this interview! If you liked it be sure to check out the rest of my posts! Also, if you want to check out my Instagram it’s @Bloggingbooknerd! Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you have a great day!

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Book Review: Army Of Fire by Jennifer L. Kelly

Sorry, I’ve been gone for so long everyone! But I’m back with another book review! Today as you can see by the title I’m reviewing Jennifer L. Kelly’s newest novel Army of Fire! So let’s get right into it then!

*I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review*

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There are so many things to say, good and bad, about this book. I don’t even know where to start! So I’ll just start off with the only thing that made me dislike this book even the slightest book.

If you have ever read Divergent you know that Tris had to choose one of the 5 factions where she will live for the rest of her life. In Army of Fire Ka has to choose between 5 elements that she will become and live like for the rest of her life. There a quite a few other similarities that also messed with me a little. Overall this may have affected the way I read this book but I doubt that it should affect yours.

Even if the similarities between books upset me a little that doesn’t affect how much I loved the plot and all of the characters. Actually, Jennifer did an AMAZING job with characterization in Army of Fire! I know from my own personal writing that introducing many characters then having only a few of those characters stay in the story is not an easy feat. On top of that, she spent the perfect amount of time characterizing the major characters and the smaller characters. I applaud Jennifer for the characters like Ka and Sloan.

Speaking of Sloan and Ka there are a couple of reasons why their relationship is great and also quite weird. First, I always kinda knew they would get together because of how he was always there and always in Ka’s mind. The only thing that felt weird about that relationship is that he was her teacher! In the U.S. that may not be illegal because she is 18 but it is still very very awkward to date a past teacher! Am I the only one who has a problem with that?

All in all, I have to say this is probably one of the best Sci-Fi books I’ve ever read. I’m not a huge fan of Sci-Fi so when I find a series that I like I have to share it with the world! I really hope you liked this review! If you want to see more from me check out my other posts and my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd. If you would like to buy Army of Fire click here or check barnesandnobles.com! I hope that you are having a fantastic day and will have a fantastic week!

The Twenty One Pilots Book Tag

Hello again everyone! If you have been following me for a long time (It’s almost a year by now) you would know that I am really REALLY obsessed with Twenty One Pilots!!! So when I found this tag I couldn’t skip it! So here it goes!

1.Stressed Out – What is a popular book that you have wanted to read for a long time that everyone has been talking about?

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I have been hearing about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for a couple years know but I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet!

2.Car Radio – Name a book that contained issues you felt you connected to on a personal level.

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I really understood what Levanna was going through in this book because sometimes my sibling aren’t great and it’s really tough trying to get used it.

3.Ride – Name a book that you wanted to never end.

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When I first read Cinder 4 years ago I never wanted it to end, so I immediately bought the sequel! But it has officially been a year since this series ended and my life has been a wreck ever since. I hope that someday I’ll find a series that will make me feel the way these books did.

 4.Holding on to You – What is a book/series that you have loved since your childhood?

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I can bet this isn’t a surprise to anybody. I have been reading Rick Riordan’s books since I was probably 8 and have loved them all. I hope that as I get older his books will still have the magic that they did all those years ago.

5.Tear in my Heart – Name a book that made you feel all the emotions.

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There is absolutely no way how to describe how I felt when I first read this book. It was the first book I ever read in 24 hours! I hope to someday find a book that makes me feel the same way this did.

 6.Fairly Local – What is your personal favourite underground book/series?

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I was first sent this book about two months ago to read and review and to be honest I loved it! I absolutely can’t wait to read the sequel when it comes out in late November! If you are ever in need of a Divergent type of book be sure to check it out!

7.Ode to Sleep – Name a book that was full of twists and turns and kept you on the edge of your seat.

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If you have read my review of Throne of Glass you will know that it kept me on edge till the very end. It may have been slow at parts but it definitely made me want to read more.

8.Goner – What is a book character that you fell in love with from the beginning?

This is actually a really hard question because there are quite a few characters that I fell in love with. But for this question, I’d have to go with Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. When he first walked into Cinder’s shop all those pages ago I knew that he was going to be a great character. Even if all of the girls swooned over him I understand why they do.

9.Migraine – What is one book that gave you a headache to read?

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This book was complete crap. It took until the last 100 pages for it to get even a little bit interesting. I know that other people loved this book and I understand that there are reasons to like this book but I just really really don’t.

10. We Don’t Believe What’s On TV – What is a book that you love that most people seem to hate?

To be honest I haven’t really had this problem yet. I only ever see books that I hate that everyone seems to love (The Maze Runner, Hush Hush, The 5th Wave).

Now that is all for this tag! If you liked this tag be sure to check out more of my tags and my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I hope that you are having a fantastic day and a fantastic Colombus day!

5 Books I want to see on TV

Hi everyone! I’m back with another post and today it is 5 Books I want to see on TV! The reason I said on TV instead of a movie because at least in my opinion, most book to show adaptations are better than a book to movie adaptations. So let’s get started!

Note: Not in any specific order 

 

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I haven’t finished this series yet but after finishing the first book I can think of so many ways they could make this a great show! Hopefully, someday it will become one!

2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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This series just recently ended (Which killed me since I’ve been reading the series since the first book came out) and it would be a great idea to make this book into a TV show to continue the series (In hopefully a good way).

3. The Heros of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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So we all know how The Percy Jackson movies ended up…. So maybe if they tried to make these books into a TV show it would end up a heck of a lot better!

4. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

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This isn’t a very well know series but it has a really good plot and would probably be a really good show.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Now this would probably end up being better as a movie because it is a stand alone book but if it was a short series it would be pretty good!

Well, those are the 5 books that I would like to see on TV! Do you guys agree/disagree with these books I’ve named? If you would like to see more from me be sure to check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I hope you are having a fantastic day!

September Wrap-Up

Hello there again! It is officially October *This is Halloween plays in the distance* and It’s time for my September Wrap-Up! I have to say, September was a pretty sad month for me reading wise (Thanks School) but here are the 3 books I finished in the month of September!

  • Lord of The Flies by: William Golding
  • Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas
    • If you would like to read the review click here!
  • Hush, Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick
    • If you would like to read this review click here!

And that’s it! I really hope that I will read more this month but don’t be surprised if I don’t. Thank you so much for reading this Wrap-Up! If you would like to see more from me be sure to check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I hope that you are having an AMAZING weekend!