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Sponsored Writing: Reasons You Should Go To Church, Even If You're Not Religious

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It is fairly common for nonreligious people to completely dismiss the notion of attending church. After all, if they don’t believe in that particular faith or religion, why would they attend? However, there are a handful of benefits of going to church, both personal and altruistic, that a nonreligious person can have.

Community

The first reason, and possibly the most beneficial, is that church can provide a sense of community. Generally, churchgoers are good people that aim to be better people and to give back to their church and community. Surrounding yourself with these types of people is never a bad idea. If you surround yourself with good people, the chances of you being a good person and doing good things increase exponen…

An Interview With Melinda Clayton

My first article for Novel Blogs was a review of the excellent book by Melinda Clayton, Blessed Are the Wholly Broken. I got the book straight from her and so I subsequently asked some interview questions of her. Here goes!

What methods did you use to take the POV of a tragic male character? As for the male point of view, my husband helped, but mainly the attorney I thank in the front of the book. He’s an old friend of mine who also went to University of Memphis at that time, and lived in that dorm (come to think of it, he’s also the reason I was single that Valentine’s Day – ha!). He continues to believe the character of Brian was based on him (he wasn’t). He beta-read it to make sure I had my legal stuff right, but also to make sure I bad my point of view right as well as my memories of that place and time. Why the setting of Tennessee? I grew up in that area of TN. The dorm they lived in (Richardson Towers) was my dorm at University of Memphis. I actually also remember th…

An Interview With Ethan Gage Creator William Dietrich

Yesterday I published a review of William Dietrich's book The Three Emperors, the latest installment in his Ethan Gage series. I messaged Dietrich soon after and got a cordial reply. Now here is the result - an interview with Dietrich himself about his book series, his career and his influences. Enjoy and remember to donate! Be sure also to check out his website.




As I have said many times here, blogging is not free. I like the unique platform I have here - I am able to write about what I want and feel it's not a waste. I have been blessed with donations from readers and friends, as well as a small income from the paid advertising. Life is demanding however and, if you like what you read, please contribute so that I can keep doing this.

I was struck by the fact that you're from Seattle. There's another writer, Jim French, who created the character Harry Nile for radio dramas he produced and that were then aired locally. French lived in Kirkland most of his career and …

Review: William Dietrich's "The Three Emperors"

As I have said many times here, blogging is not free. I like the unique platform I have here - I am able to write about what I want and feel it's not a waste. I have been blessed with donations from readers and friends, as well as a small income from the paid advertising. Life is demanding however and, if you like what you read, please contribute so that I can keep doing this.



William Dietrich's The Three Emperors was a strange book to read after Amitav Ghosh's Ibis trilogy. While the Ibis trilogy takes place during the first opium war between the Chinese and the British in 1839, Three Emperors takes place at some point during the Napoleonic wars, which lasted from 1803 to 1815.

Both books see personal encounters with Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon makes a personal visit to India with character Bahram in River of Smoke in 1816, only five years before his death. Napoleon is a more intimate character in Three Emperors, as in his search for his wife Astiza, who has been impriso…

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