17 episodes

The Hope Prose podcast is dedicated YA Christian books – the authors who write them and the readers they inspire. We upload new episodes once every two weeks and hope to leave our listeners with sparks that ignite their own stories–whether in real life or fictional.

We want our podcast to be a place that inspires you to live a life of creative purpose through reading, writing or maybe even singing. Words are kinda our thing, and communication is one of the most powerful gifts God has given us and we want to stoke the fire in your own faith and creative journey.

With authors interviews ranging from Hope Bolinger to Douglas Bond and many more, you are sure to leave with tidbits of information that we hope inspires and uplifts you.

The Hope Prose Podcast Tara K. Ross & Rebekah Black

    • Society & Culture

The Hope Prose podcast is dedicated YA Christian books – the authors who write them and the readers they inspire. We upload new episodes once every two weeks and hope to leave our listeners with sparks that ignite their own stories–whether in real life or fictional.

We want our podcast to be a place that inspires you to live a life of creative purpose through reading, writing or maybe even singing. Words are kinda our thing, and communication is one of the most powerful gifts God has given us and we want to stoke the fire in your own faith and creative journey.

With authors interviews ranging from Hope Bolinger to Douglas Bond and many more, you are sure to leave with tidbits of information that we hope inspires and uplifts you.

    Episode 15 - Q&A - New Year's Goals and How to Find Clean YA Reads

    Episode 15 - Q&A - New Year's Goals and How to Find Clean YA Reads

    In this episode of the Hope Prose Podcast, Tara and Rebekah answer your questions on everything from what their New Year’s goals are, what’s on their TBR list, and what their most anticipated reads of 2020 are. Listen as they give some exciting updates on our writing lives and give tips on finding clean YA reads and how to query an agent well.

    Enjoy!

    • 48 min
    Episode 14 - How Empathy and Method Acting Can Help Develop Strong Characters

    Episode 14 - How Empathy and Method Acting Can Help Develop Strong Characters

    In today's episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah sit down with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, C. J. Lyons. C.J.'s most recent novel, The Colour of Lies, veers from her usual adult 'Thrillers with Heart' to share the story of Ella, a young girl with synesthesia who can see everyone else's lies except the one haunting her own life.

    Find out why a library card was one of CJ's favorite gifts as a child and how empathy and method acting play strongly into her creating memorable and moving stories.

    Enjoy!

    • 48 min
    Episode 13 - Asking Deep Questions Within Writing

    Episode 13 - Asking Deep Questions Within Writing

    In today's episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah sit down with award-winning novelist, Shawn Smucker and discuss his YA novels, THE DAY THE ANGEL FELL and THE EDGE OF OVER THERE.

    They also talk about writing routines, the influence of great stories on our craft, and why asking deep questions is a big part of what makes Shawn's work so intriguing. (Think: What if death is a gift? OR What if someone could get out of Dante's inferno?)

    Enjoy!

    • 43 min
    Episode 12 - Starting a YouTube channel and Finding your Writing Genre

    Episode 12 - Starting a YouTube channel and Finding your Writing Genre

    In this episode of the Hope Prose podcast, Tara and Rebekah are joined by Melanie Kilsby who pens Fairy Tale retellings, rich in history, hoping to draw readers closer to the love of her life--Jesus.

    Mother of five, she has never been one to shy away from hard work and joins them on the show to chat about her writing journey, starting her YouTube channel, Christian YA Books and More, and how difficult situations helped her find her genre sweet spot in historical fairytale retellings.

    Enjoy!

    • 50 min
    Episode 11 - The Power of Overcoming Fear as A Writer

    Episode 11 - The Power of Overcoming Fear as A Writer

    In today’s episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah have the honor of sitting down with Nicole Quigley award-winning author of the young adult novel “Like Moonlight at Low Tide,” which was published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing/Zondervan. The book was later released in the Zondervan imprint Blink YA Books and also released in Germany. USA Today listed “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” as a “recommended teen read,” and the novel won the “Carol Award” for YA fiction by the American Christian Fiction Writers.

    Listen in as they discuss her novel, LIKE MOONLIGHT AT LOW TIDE, the first time she realized she wanted to be an author, how her experience in public relations and the newsroom helped her writing craft, and the impact of an email a reader sent had on her.

    Enjoy!

    • 36 min
    Episode 10 - Tips to Increase Your Writing Speed & How to Outline

    Episode 10 - Tips to Increase Your Writing Speed & How to Outline

    In this episode of the Hope Prose podcast, Tara and Rebekah answer 5 of your questions about YA books, writing and living as a Christian teen. Some of the highlights include their outlining styles, ways to increase your writing speed, and what are some of the first steps towards publishing.

    • 40 min

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