Thursday, October 29, 2015


Ok, so there are a few things that I want to update you guys on.

NaNoWriMo- I posted about my NaNo project and about two days ago, I had all these crazy ideas about the story. Soon it was absolutely shocking how bad Izzy's life was! I actually considered dumping it less than a week before NaNo, but thanks to one of my writing buddies, I saved it and it's going pretty good. I have 10k written, so yup! I'm excited.

Ilyon Book Trailer Contest- It ends on Saturday! Finish up those trailers Ilyon fans!

I won!- I won two giveaways in two days. One was The Crossways giveaway that went on during the blog tour. I won the signed copy of it and I absolutely love it! The other is a book called Not Abandoned by MaKenzie Morganthal. I won a free ebook of it, so that was also exciting.

I guess that's it, so, until next post!
R. J. Steele

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Author Interview with Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an author interview with Morgan Elizabeth Huneke a day late. She was extremely gracious and said that I could post it today, so here it is!

1. How long does it usually take you to write a book?

It really kind of varies, depending on the book. My average used to be a year. Then the first draft of The Experiment took 3½ months. For all of Time Captives, which includes the companion, it took two years and two months from the starting the first draft of the first book to finishing the first draft of the last book, and I had the major revisions done a few months after that. For my outer space dystopian, the first draft technically took almost two years, but when I started to actually focus on it (halfway through the second chapter) it took me four months to finish. So every book is different. It depends on the book, how hard the writing is, and what other insanity is going on in my life at the time. But I do seem to be getting faster.

2. What do you write on, a computer or in a notebook?

Both. I used to always write in a notebook and, honestly, I’ve yet to complete a story written primarily on the computer, but I’m starting to switch over. I’m faster at typing now, but notebooks are still more portable than my laptop. It’s difficult to stick my laptop in my purse. :) I’m still kind of torn on the issue. I’ll probably end up writing on the computer, aside from the bits scribbled on note paper while I’m out, but I could end up back in notebooks.

3. Do you listen to music while you write?

Absolutely. Pretty much always. I experimented with it while writing Across the Stars and discovered I was way more productive with music on. I didn’t really listen to much while writing The Experiment, but I had to go back to music for Time Captives, and haven’t stopped since. I generally listen to film score, though there have been a few instances of Vivaldi, and I generally find a specific soundtrack that works best for the story. I’ve started creating playlists too. My playlist for my Sleeping Beauty story consists of Catching Fire, Mockingjay, and Cinderella (2015). Heehee. It’s quite interesting. ;)

4. What program do you type your books on? (Word Doc, Scrivener, etc.)

I use Microsoft Word. We’ve always had it, so it’s the program I’ve grown up using. Through indie publishing, I’ve learned a lot about the program and can do quite a bit with it. (Drop caps drive me insane, though. They’re worse than headers and footers!) I went to a free writers’ miniconference with a friend earlier this year which had a session on writing tools, and they explained how to use Scrivener. I think it looks cool, and I have a 50% off coupon from winning Camp NaNo, but I still haven’t gotten it, though I want it. I’ve still got a few months to decide before my coupon expires. And meanwhile, I figured out how to use Microsoft OneNote as a sort of peg board for worldbuilding like you can do in Scrivener.

5. Which out of your four books was the most fun to write?

The Experiment. I don’t think anything will ever compare to that writing experience. The story just came to me, which made it really easy and a lot of the characters are based on people I know, so it made it feel more real. And the premise is something I’m really passionate about. Plus the sci-fi angle was really intriguing for me, even though it felt a lot darker than it really was while I was writing it and thus I was worried if it was okay for my target age group. It really is fine, things feel worse when you’re writing them. But that book. It’s still a wow experience for me.

6. Where do you write best? (Coffee shop, your room, a library, etc.)

I write best in my bedroom at my desk. Does that mean that’s where I write most? Absolutely not. I really like being outside, so I write on the porch, and only sometimes make good progress. At other times, I get tired of being alone, and so I try to write in the living room with my family around and get next to nothing done. Then there are the times I try to write in the car and write even less. If I’m really focused, though, or have no one to talk to, I can write at political events or before church. I’ve only tried writing at the library once, towards the end of Camp NaNo, and I actually was able to focus really well, but I’ve yet to do it again.

Thanks for having me!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Emma's Sketches

My cousin Emma drew a few pictures using some pictures I sent her via Pinterest and I wanted to share them with you.
 :  : Very rough drawing of Gwen:

Mrs. Darcy Pattison

Today I had the opportunity to talk with an old friend of my mom's side, Darcy Pattison. We met at Barnes and Noble, and I was looking foreword to an Italian Soda, but as soon as I saw her, I told my mom, "I'm too nervous to eat or drink anything." Anyway, she just posted on her blog about our meeting, so you should check it out. You can find it at under the title Go Indie, Young Writer.

R. J. Steele

NaNoWriMo Excitement

So today I got up at six o'clock am like I try to every day, but I don't always make it. I typed 840  words and typed 500 this afternoon, adding up to 1340 words. I have to write 1667 every day in November, but I think I can do it. I am not going to get on Pinterest at all in November or the Jaye L. Knight Fiction Forum either, so 1667 should be possible.

R. J. Steele

How many words do you usually type a day?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Crossways by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke Blog Tour

Today I am very pleased to be a part of the blog tour of The Crossways, by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke. I was a little bit late for this, so I thought that I wasn't going to be able to read it in enough time, but once I started it, I couldn't put it down!

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.

A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?

Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

his book was captivating. I loved the new characters, I cried over the change of the old characters, over all, I loved it! It was completely clean, and violence was at a minimum, perfect for those fantasy lovers who are not fans of violence.
On Friday, I will do my first author interview! Look for it!

R. J. Steele

Change Nowaday Books

In the third part of change nowadays books, I will be talking about dystopia.
I think that in the last five years or so, dystopia has exploded, dystopia and science fiction.
The Hunger Games
The Maze Runner
The Giver

There is nothing wrong with these books, I love some of them, they just get old. This is what the public wants, and that is what the authors want. There are almost no normal books anymore!

Write about a girl on a farm. Write about an orphan and how he or she finds a family. Write a book about a Viking Christian. Try to steer away from those kinds of books, please authors.
R. J. Steele

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Today I will talk about my NaNoWriMo story for 2015.

I named it Escape to the Marilia. It's about Izzabella, or Izzy, who is the daughter of one of the two kingdoms that humans inhabit. When the Elves, Mermaids, and Corbins decide that humans are the cause for war and all of the problems, they begin to eliminate the humans from their lands. Elves kill Izzy's father and try to take kill Izzy, but she and some of her father's best soldiers escape and form a band. Together, they roam the lands and take any humans that they find, including ones who are already captured by any of the three races, and take them to the second human kingdom, Marilia.


I found this picture a few months ago on Pinterest and immediately said, "Her name is Izzy." Izzy is my main character, but every five chapters is about two Elf twins, Sil and Mori.

What is your NaNoWriMo story about?
R. J. Steele


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Change Nowaday Books Pt. 2

In part 2 of Change Nowaday books, I will talk about rebels.

In so many books nowadays, rebels are always bad.

Unlike the Ilyon Series by Jaye L. Knight which is a fantasy about the Christians after Christ's death where the rebels are Christians, the dystopian books are all about anarchy and bad rulers. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun fit that category.
I applaud Kendra E. Ardnek  for making her rebels bad.

R. J. Steele

Monday, October 5, 2015


In this first section of Change Nowadays Books, I will be talking about main characters.

   Girls: Please stop being so awesome! That might sound odd, but if you look at the books that are written today, almost none of the girls need anything.
   As much as I love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Water Princess Fire Prince by Kendra E, Ardnek, their main characters Katniss and Clara are better at everything than Peeta and Andrew. They don't need them, the men need the women.

   The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight has the main character Kyrin. Throughout the books written so far, Kyrin needs her brother, several royal guards, and her friend Jace to protect her. I think Ms. Jaye had written a likable character.

Please comment and tell me what you think about the subject.

R. J. Steele

(On the left, Katniss, on the right, Clara, both from Pinterest and Clara isn't really this girl.)

New still of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in Mockingjay Part 2: Clara (Anna Sophia Robb):