Monday, October 24, 2016

Cling to Faith, RiffTrax: Live, Guardians II Trailer, Movie Trivia, and Ninja News


Unique twist today - Lynda R. Young, author and IWSG Admin, is celebrating the release of her book, Cling to God. Only instead of interviewing her, she is interviewing me…

When and how did you first become a Christian?
I didn’t become a Christian until I was an adult. I always knew something was missing from my life. Then a friend invited me to church and not long after, my life changed forever.

You write awesome scifi. How has being a Christian shaped your stories?

There are things I could never write about. I couldn’t write anything that really ran counter to my faith, whether faith is ever addressed in the story or not.

How has your Christianity changed the way you promote your books and present yourself on social media?

Believe it or not, I was not a people person before I became a Christian. But I quickly realized that to love God was to love His people. So I try to put others first in everything I do. I try to be the giver. (And yes, sometimes I fail.) But I always keep in mind that I am representing God in all I do and say.

Cling to God: A Daily Devotional by Lynda R. Young
Released October 18th, 2016
Published by Freedom Fox Press

Cling to God in the chaos of life…
Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.

Lynda R Young writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. You can find her here: blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads

Find Cling to God at Kindle, Amazon, Nook, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Goodreads

Thanks for the interview and the strength to proclaim your faith, Lynda - you rock!

RiffTrax – Carnival of Souls

The next RiffTrax: Live treat coming our way – Carnival of Souls!

Catch it Thursday, October 27 in theaters nationwide. (Performed live in Nashville, TN.) Or see it Halloween night, October 31, during the encore broadcast.

Prepare for my review and a slew of pre-show images next week!

Guardians of the Galaxy II Trailer

Just in case you missed it last week…



Ninja News

CassaDawn is now on Goodreads if you'd like to add it to your shelves!

We have a special guest at the IWSG site today - hybrid author Catherine Ryan Howard!

New Release!
Dark Dawning by Christine Rains
It’s a dark day when someone murders one of their own.
Christine says - I'm so excited to share with everyone the world of Totem! This has been my biggest project ever. Nine books. At around 25k words per book, that's almost 200k!
Find it at Amazon and Goodreads

Movie Trivia Answers

1 – Leon and Mathilda, 1994 – The Professional
2 – Ed and Anton, 2007 – No Country for Old Men
3 – Vincent, Jules, and Butch, 1994 – Pulp Fiction
4 – Ah Jong, Jennie, and Yi Ying, 1989 – The Killer
5 – Arthur, Steve, and Big Harry, 1972 – The Mechanic

New Movie Trivia

In honor of Lynda’s release, today’s trivia is all about mainstream movies featuring Christianity and the Bible. Guess the movie from the hints.

1 – Jim Caviezel, crucifixion, 2004
2 – Cecil B. DeMille, Jesus, 1927
3 – Books, Tilda Swinton, 2005
4 – Moses, Yul Brynner, 1956
5 – Ralph Fiennes, plagues, 1998
6 – Animated, whale, 2002
7 – Keisha Castle-Hughes, Joseph, 2006


Does your faith affect your writing? Ready for RiffTrax: Live? Excited about the next Guardians film? Get any trivia answers right? Know any of the movies this week?

Don’t forget the IWSG Anthology Contest is open until November 1. Plus even if you aren’t a member, you can still sign up for our awesome IWSG newsletter for writers.

Have a great Halloween and I’ll see you on IWSG Post day!

133 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Nice interview with Lynda--and a nice twist for the release! You do a great job demonstrating your faith in your life.

RiffTrax and Guardians both look sort of scary! Halloween releases, though, probably should be. :)

Barbara Fisher said...


I did miss the Guardians of the Galaxy II Trailer last week, thanks for sharing it again.
There is so much to digest in your post I need to go back and read it again (and force myself to maybe watch the trailer again!) after I leave this comment. :-)

Sandra Almazan said...

Congrats to both you and Lynda for the interview!

Mason Canyon said...

Great twist on the interview. Congrats to Lynda and Christine on their releases. Looking forward to Guardians 2.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congratulations to Lynda! I'm wondering if Cling to God is going to come out in paperback? I have a few devotional books that I like to have in hand.

Congrats for CassaDawn, Alex!!

The Passion
Narnia
The Ten Commandments
Prince of Egypt
Animated whale- I can't think of it.... But Jonah comes to mind?
Keisha- The Nativity Story


Lynda R Young said...

No, YOU rock! Thanks so much for doing the interview with me, Alex and, of course, sharing the news about my book. You are awesome!!

And I love the Guardians2 trailer.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats to Lynda!

I squeed when I saw the trailer. *excited*

Arlee Bird said...

That was a unique way for Lynda to promote her book on your site. Great idea.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love the little Groot.

There are elements I won't put in my books, either. When I first began writing again, my husband posed a question that has always stuck with me, "Could you let our pastor read it?"

mshatch said...

Sadly I sucked at last week's trivia and don't know any of the answers for this week's either :(

I'm an agnostic so faith doesn't affect my writing but there are still things I can't write about like hurting animals or children or torture. If there's kids or animals in my story, they're probably going to live.

Karen Lange said...

Loved the interview! Congratulations to Linda! Wishing her much success. Thanks for the news and notes, Alex. Have a great week!

The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to Lynda on the release of her book! I liked the twist of having her interview Alex. It was interesting to learn how Alex's faith shapes what he does and doesn't write about. When it comes to my writing, I always do the "mom test" - would I be uncomfortable if my mom read what I wrote. Congrats to Christine Rains as well on the release of her book. Cheers - Ellen

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations to Lynda! And thank you so much for the shout-out. :) I'm excited for the Guardians movie. My mom will be visiting when Dr. Strange comes out, so my hubby and I will get a date night to see the film! Have a great week.

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully guardians as is good as the first. Neat twist on the interview. Love all people? Yep, I fail at that lol

1.Passion of the Christ
2. umm
3. Narnia
4. The Ten Commandments
5. Prince of Egypt
6. umm
7. umm

Jo said...

I did miss the Guardians trailer last week. Thanks for showing it again. I will certainly be looking out for it. I have the first one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Barbara, sorry if it's overload.

Catherine, I think it is. And very good with the trivia - you are on the right track with Jonah.

Marcy, good to know!

Christine, you're welcome.

Pat, you got four.

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations to Lynda and Christine on the new releases! I spent plenty of time last week watching RiffTrax after learning it was on Amazon Prime. Definitely a good way to spend an evening.

John Wiswell said...

The Guardians teaser won me over with that hug!

Bish Denham said...

Nice to learn a bit more about your journey, Alex. Congratulations to Lynda!

I hadn't seen the trailer, funny!

Way to Christine! That's a lot of writing!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex and Lynda - well done ... good to read about you and your Christian life ... and Lynda - I'm sure your book is doing well ... it'll be great to have on hand. Cheers to you both - Hilary

Stacy McKitrick said...

I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, so I'm sure I'll love the next one. We'll see if I can get to the theatre to watch it, though. :P

kaykuala said...

It is interesting that you are being interviewed. Your answers tells how faith had a hand in your success. Faith has certainly played its part in my writings too. One tends to hold on to certain beliefs and principles that puts credibility at its highest order.Rightly so Alex!

Hank

kaykuala said...

It is interesting that you are being interviewed. Your answers tells how faith had a hand in your success. Faith has certainly played its part in my writings too. One tends to hold on to certain beliefs and principles that puts credibility at its highest order.Rightly so Alex!

Hank

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wonderful interview, Lynda! I love the way you show and share God's love!

Hooray for Guardians of the Galaxy 2!

I think I've seen all the movies, but my brain forgets names, titles, all details that I don't strap down with duct tape.

1-The Passion
2 . . .?
3?
4? I've seen it, but . . .
5? I watched this . . .
6 - Jonah and the Whale?
7 - Ohhh, Prince of Egypt? No, no, aagh. See what I mean about trivia.

Joanne said...

Galaxy 2 - I want it to be as good as the original.
I'm a mental sinner, got no faith
but happy for folks who do
I was raised Methodist and just try to be a good person.
Fall fever here - too nice for any movies this weekend. Pumpkins and Boo!!! for the week. I" wearing witch socks today.
Have a splendid week

cleemckenzie said...

Great to read Lynda's interview. And I always love that raccoon in the Galaxy movies. Must take myself to see this one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LG, that's awesome.

Stacy, hope you can.

Amen, Hank!

Tyrean, you got three right!

Patsy said...

I can relate to not wanting to write anything which goes against what you believe to be right. There are situations and outcomes I'll always avoid because I feel it would be wrong to use them as entertainment.

Francis Lee said...

Couldn't believe how much I liked the first one, looking forward to the second one!

Chrys Fey said...

Congratulations to Lynda and Christine on their releases! :)

Jeffrey Scott said...

You better believe my faith affects my writing. Probably one of the reasons I write more YA stuff than anything else. I prefer to writer with clean language and life styles.
As for the next Guardians of the Galaxy, I can't wait! Very excited for this. Ironically enough, out of all the Marvel films, I like these the most.

shelly said...

Nice interview.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved hearing how your spiritual journey came to be, Alex. I know I could not have gotten through the intense challenges of my last two years without my faith. Congrats to Lynda on her book.

Added your book to my Goodreads list. Congrats on having a new book coming out soon!

Sean McLachlan said...

I like exploring how different faiths (or lack thereof) complement each other and clash with each other. You see that a lot in my Toxic World post-apocalyptic series. A lot of people are angry at God, while others still have faith.

Laurel Garver said...

Loved the reverse interview format--it was very cool to hear about your faith journey, Alex. I hear you about not going certain places in fiction because of our beliefs. Then again, I also feel my faith gives me a certain courage to tackle very tough topics with hope, to shine light in dark places.

Lynda's new book looks excellent. Thanks for featuring her!

mail4rosey said...

How fun that she interviewed you and you got to share a bit about your faith! Wishing her well on her continuing writing journey. :)

Carrie-Anne said...

I know movie #2 is King of Kings, and I'm guessing #1 is The Passion of the Christ and #4 is the sound remake of The Ten Commandments.

I tend towards creating religious characters, at least in the faiths I'm most familiar with. I'm sure some of my very Orthodox friends might wonder why I'd want to write about "goyim" instead of only creating Jewish characters, but I'm not a one-trick pony. Some of my stories demand the characters be Orthodox Christians, Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics, or various types of Protestants. I also have some Muslim, Western Hindu, Western Buddhist, and Wiccan characters. I actually have plans for an upcoming post about how to write a pre-Vatican II or very traditional Catholic character.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Both my husband and I said the same thing after we first watched THE PROFESSIONAL, Natalie Portman was going to be a huge star. Awhile later we saw BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, and there was the affirmation.

Congrats, Lyn. Nice interview!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats to Lynda. I guess my faith influences my writing because in my fantasy worlds where people worship magic users as gods, I always show that they are false gods.
I am very excited about the Guardians movie.

Stephen Hayes said...

I no longer believe in any particular faith but my spirituality definitely influences my writing.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I need to re-watch the original Guardians of the Galaxy before seeing the new one. I hardly remember anything about it!

Lidy Wilks said...

Nice interview twist. And I completely missed the GOTG2 trail. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see it.

Andrew Leon said...

My faith influences everything.
What you believe cannot not influence who you are.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Great interview, Lynda and Alex.
Enjoyed Catherine's guest post too. Good information.
When I write a story, I will not put anything in it that will offend the ladies in my Sunday school class. So, my faith determines a lot in what I write.

Stephanie Faris said...

Having the guest poster interview you is a great idea!!! I should try that for my next blog tour!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Patsy, exactly.

Jeffrey, it's my wife's favorite as well.

Thanks, Natalie!

Sean, which is exactly how people react.

Laurel, that's a worthy thing.

Carrie-Anne, correct! I knew you would get number two. You certainly cover many of the religions with your writing.

Susan, good for you.

Andrew, exactly!

Beverly, I like that!

J E Oneil said...

The Guardians 2 trailer looks so awesome! I can't wait.

The Spooky Whisk said...

Passing on the trailer because I want to go in blind, but love to read more about you. Happy New Week and boogie boogie.

LD Masterson said...

That was a very nice interview. But I'm embarrassed to admit the only movie I knew for sure was The Ten Commandments.

Elephant's Child said...

Congratulations to Lynda. Nice twist interviewing you. And don't we all fail some days?

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

It would be an incredibly wonderful world if everyone strove to be a giver - regardless of religious faith (or lack thereof). And all the world's main religions stress lovingkindness. How easily people forget.

Congratulations, Lynda!
Stay well, Alex. There's something on the way to NC again. Smiles.

Jenni Enzor said...

I really enjoyed this interview with you--what a great twist! And congrats to Lynda! I also don't write anything counter to my faith. I read a great book about Christians in media, Roaring Lambs (Bob Briner), that has influenced me about being salt and light in my writing.

Birgit said...

Great interview and I think we couldn't write something that we inherently goes against everything we believe in. Considering how much you give just on blog land tells me how much of a giver you are.....you just can't please everyone. Ok Jim Cazeviel was in a film called the Life of Christ. Cecil B DeMille directed The King of Kings, the 1927 film and he direct Yul Brynner is The 10 Commandments. I'm not sure about the others. I'm looking forward to this new movie for sure.

Al Penwasser said...

"You just need to find a woman who's pathetic. Like you."
That line alone will get me in the theaters.

Truedessa said...

Interesting twist being interviewed on your own blog, but I enjoyed it! Congrats Lynda on your release. Guardian of the Galaxy 2 - All I can say is I'm hooked on a feeling..I'm high on believing. I will def being adding CassaDawn to my bookshelf.

Have a great week Alex!

PS - You are a beckon of light because you carry light in your heart!

Patricia Lynne said...

Congrats to Lynda!

Also, I've read the first 3 stories in Christine's new series and they are awesome. =)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Lynda and quite an enlightening interview there. I have been a christian from a young age. While I stand by my beliefs, in writing I go according to the story and characters, not my personal standards.

Fundy Blue said...

Congratulations to Lynda and Christine on their releases! You definitely are a giver, Alex! An interesting interview of you by Lynda. Have a good week. Hailing you from Richfield, Utah ~ might be my last chance on-line for a week or more. Have a good one!

Liz A. said...

I think our beliefs always affect our writing. Or should. If they don't, then that's one way of being a sell-out.

dolorah said...

I'm so out of things these days; behind on everything. Still writing (editing) my anthology excerpt. I'm agnostic, but was raised Southern Baptist; and yes, a lot of times that faith does leak into my writings.

Congrats Lynda.

Helena said...

Congrats to Lynda on her new book--may it sell many copies. I myself try to keep my faith beliefs private even when writing about other people's in my stories; I guess I just want to be a storyteller.

I'm looking forward to Guardians 2 mostly for the humor and (this dates me) the funky old songs I remember too well from long ago.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Congrats to you and Lynda for the interview, and wishing much success for both your books.

As far as faith is concerned, I am still searching for mine, but certainly my scriptures, and their innate philosophy, leak into whatever I write, and possibly whatever I do/feel/am.

Of the trivia, I am guessing the Ralph Fiennes film is The Prince of Egypt?

Truedessa said...

Beacon

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Nice interview with you and Lynda!

I can't believe IWSG Day is next week already. Where did October go?!

Mary Aalgaard said...

My faith is reflected in my writing both fiction and non-fiction. I don't ever want to sound "too religious" though. I want my stories to be accessible and inclusive. Lynda's book arrived in the mail yesterday. I plan to have an author interview, book review in November for her.

Sandra Cox said...

Many congrats to Lynda and Christine!

Tamara Narayan said...

Congrats to Lynda and good for her for turning the tables on the traditional author interview. It is good to put others first whenever possible. One of the things high on my to-do list is post reviews of blogger books I've read over the past few months. Featuring them on my blog is good, but I know posted reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are so valuable.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I've added Cling to God to the Amazon order I'm putting together this week. Daily devotionals are good for me and akin to my daily expression of gratitude.

Religion did not influence me in my earlier books but plays a huge role in the plot and characters for my November 2017 release from Five Star, Wishing Caswell Dead. Writing about faith and hope in the midst of evil was a revealing exercise for me because I had to keep that hope alive for young Jo Mae Proud as she tried to navigate through a world full of flawed humans.

Charles Gramlich said...

Interesting way of doing an interview. I was just talking with Lana today about Guardians of the Galaxy

Viola Fury said...

That was a nice touch, Alex; having Lynda interviewing you. I was always curious about your faith, as I've known you were a Christian for a long time. I tend not to just come out with it, as it is such a personal thing; I was taught by Jesuit Priests from a young age and was filled with millions of questions, which they patiently answered. I felt a connection to God from my early years, but it's not something I discuss; I'm at home in just about any house of worship that is filled with love. This is one time words are not adequate, but in truth, when you study the world around us, and if you're in one of the sciences - computer science the Maths, as arcane as they may seem, reflect the truth of God; I always loved Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge"; that title says it all. Fibonacci sequences; Nautilus shells, the Golden Mean all occur naturally in the world, and the mathematics all reflect that. By the time you hit Calculus, God is EVERYWHERE. My prof used to be amused because I would regularly freak out over something, and we would discuss these things over coffee after class.

Anyway, our spirituality, our divinity, or "spark" as one of my Jesuit teachers said (he also said, "You don't need me to tell you these things") and our connectedness to one another is no accident and should be encouraged. I try to put others first and help here in da 'hood, where I can, but lately with this economy, there has been a new tidal wave of homeless, and it can be like draining the ocean with a thimble. There's only so much a person can do. Writing helps. Also, as Tamara does, I too, will reblog and write reviews.

Trivia:

1) Passion of the Christ
2) The Greatest Story Ever Told?
3) Narnia
4) 10 Commandments
5) ?
6) ?
7) ? I just remember some flap about the actress who portrayed Mary? became pregnant and wasn't married, and I thought the people who were so critical were a bunch of hypocrites. One of the things that really bothers me about organized religion is the way people wield it like a club to further their own ungodly ends. Although, I am a "card-carrying Catholic" and love the mysticism and the rites, especially of the old Orthodox ways, I don't always agree with the dogma. Let's just say anything that is dogmatic is not good. My karma will run over your dogma every time. I saw that in a movie where Alanis Morrisette played God, many many years ago, and can't remember the name. Old-timers is setting in.

Looking forward to Guardians 2 and Carnival of Souls, lordy! What a riffing good time that should be! Thank you, Alex, for all you do for us!

Juneta Key said...

What a beautiful interview Lynda, congrats. Contrat to all you other book release authors too. OMG Guardian's 2, can't wait. Looking forward to the 3rd Thor too. Thanks for posting the trailer.

Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Lynda R Young said...

I've been unwell, so haven't managed to be around as much as I wanted, but I'm back now!! Thanks again, Alex, for featuring my book. And thanks for answering my questions for the interview and being a beacon of Christ's light.

I've read all the comments. They are all so heartening. And I loved that the interview generated discussion too, that people took this opportunity to share their own faith.

Cathrina asked if Cling to God is available in paperback. Yes it is! You can pick it up here: http://amzn.to/2efAyD6

Mary, sounding preachy in stories never works. I'm looking forward to our interview! And thank you so much for buying my book.

Tamara, putting others first has a greater reward than many realise.

Patricia, May you gain a lot of encouragement through reading the devotional.

And thank you to everyone for the congrats and well wishes. I am deeply grateful for everyone's support.

Nick Wilford said...

Fun interview and a nice twist for you to be the interviewee. It's great that your faith inspires you to be so giving to others.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

C.S. Lewis became a Christian only when adult. He stayed an atheist all through his terrible war experiences in the trenches of WWI -- contrary to the thought that there are no atheists in foxholes. J R R Tolkien helped him towards Christianity. Fun twist to your blog today!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ivy, happy to oblige.

LD, you got one!

Elephant's Child - yes.

Robyn, thanks!

Jenni, I will look for that book.

Birgit, you got two! And thank you.

Al, it's a great line.

Thank you, Truedessa.

Thanks, Fundy.

Liz, true!

Donna, really?

Nila, yes!

Mary, that is awesome!

Patricia, very cool.

Mary - Amen! You got four right. And yes, it was sad how she was so shamed for it.

Lynda, you are welcome! Hope you are feeling better.

Roland, it's always interesting to see how people were led to God.

DMS said...

What an interesting twist! I enjoyed reading your answers and wish Lynda the best of luck~

I still haven't seen the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
~Jess

Lynda Dietz said...

Wow, for once, I think I might know most of the movies.
1. The Passion
2. (I had to look this one up so I won't tell)
3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
4. The Ten Commandments
5. Prince of Egypt
6. Veggie Tales Jonah?
7. hmmm

I FINALLY saw Guardians of the Galaxy only a few months ago, so I'll be excited about a new one . . . and will most likely not see it for months and months anyway.

And the interview! So cool, both your end and Lynda's. I think you do a great job of showing love, and I agree with your writing influence—I won't edit anything I can't be proud to have my name on.

Botanist said...

Looking forward to Guardians! Although the first movie does have a lot to answer for in our household. There was about a month afterwards where every question was answered with "I am Groot!"

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

That interview was a super good way to launch Lynda's new book. And she knew exactly who'd be the ideal interviewee, too! Your faith comes across quite clearly in your online personality, and in the way you support other bloggers.

nashvillecats2 said...

Excellent interview Alex, I sincerely hope Lynda's book does well.
Sorry I am late in commenting.
Yvonne.

Robert Bennett said...

When I saw the Guardians of the Galaxy II trailer, I legit started jumping up and down. I was a huge fan of the first one and absolutely cannot wait for the next one.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Great interview and what a fun twist to the interview!

I did miss the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer--thanks. It looks like fun.

farawayeyes said...

Seems to me if your faith doesn't influence EVERYTHING you do, it isn't very.strong.

Excited for Guardians II Excellent tag line ' there are two kinds if people in the world, those who dance and those who don't. I love it! 'I hope You Dance'

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Like Lynda, faith affects everything I do. It's just part of who I am.

I can't wait for the new Guardians. Looks amazing!!

Crystal Collier said...

Yay for Lynda on her book! And what a fabulous interview. It's so true--if we love God, we will love the people around us.

Yippee for Christine's new book!

When we saw the new Guardians trailer was out, it was a family event. Can't wait!

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats to Lynda! Christine Rains' new series is fantastic! I'm so excited about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It looks like a lot of fun.

Sandra Cox said...

Great interview, Lynda, Alex.

Philip V Ariel said...

Hi Alex The Ninja,
What a joy to be here again after a long time!
It is indeed a wonderful experience to back again to your page.
I am so glad to read about our friend Lynda's New Book.
Looks like an amazing work, will surely check at Amazon.
Thanks for the small review, and of course Thanks Lynda for
the wonderful Q & A Session with Alex!
Oh My Faith revealed!
Yes, we are supposed to share our faith identity in this perishing world
The wonderful light we received should be shared all around along with our business activities!
Thanks Alex for sharing the other snippets too.
Enjoyed reading it, will be back soon to check more.
Keep informed
Have a great rest of the day
~Phil

Cherie Colyer said...

Great interview. Congrats, Lynda, on your book!
And congrats to Christine Rains!

I saw the Guardians trailer early this week. I'm excited :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda, you got five and probably six! And good for you.

Ian - funny!

Susan, thank you.

Yvonne, no worries.

Faraway, well said.

Phil, Amen.



Yolanda Renée said...

I actually had a dream not long ago, or was it a nightmare, about RiffTrax - just don't ask me what it was about because I can't remember. But the name RiffTrax kept appearing. ODD! :)

Congratulations Lynda!

I can't believe it's already time for Halloween, when did October happen? LOL

Susan Kane said...

Galaxy Quest is a movie that I watch and rewatch. Love the characters, plot, Chris Pratt.

Being Christian definitely directs my writing. In my other blog site, faith is a necessity.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Doh! I totally missed the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer. So glad I came to your blog and watched it.

Tess Julia said...

No wonder I enjoy your writing so much! I did notice that it was without all the quesstionable material that I find offensive, and I thank you for that. It is possible to be entertaining without it!

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats to Lynda!

Have a Happy Halloween, Alex!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

You're the most giving person I know, Alex. I'd say you walk the talk.

Elsie Amata said...

I just ordered Lynda's book. I ordered a paperback because I like daily readers I can hold in my hand. I use them as part of my program so I'm going to incorporate Lynda's book into my program too. It should be a good fit. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Nice interview, Alex, I always feel that you are such a big Giver, you just love to help other writers, I feel that is the essence of spirituality; that is "to Love God is to love his people."

Happy to see Lynda's book here.

G. B. Miller said...

I think its great to meet/know someone who doesn't just give lip service to being one but actually is one. I've met a lot of people over the years who profess to being one but whose actions say otherwise.

Father Nature's Corner

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yolanda, that is an odd dream.

Susan, Amen.

Michael! Can't miss it.

Tess, thank you!

JH, appreciate that.

Elsie, she will appreciate that!

Rachna, Amen.

GB, and actions do speak louder than words.

Sandee said...

I would think your faith would affect your writing. How could it not.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Spacer Guy said...

Sharing is caring no doubt. This is the law we should all live by. I'm sorry to hear Lynda isn't at her full strength. The Guardians of the Galaxy will likely be a good laugh so I figure it'll be good fun to watch.

Mina Burrows said...

I like the twist. Great interview. Having faith is so important.
Go Lynda. I'm very excited for you!

I haven't seen that trailer by the way. Love it!

Lynda R Young said...

Alex, yep, feeling so much better, but still crazy busy.

Elsie, I'm thrilled! I hope you find lots of encouragement through reading the devotional.

Spacer Guy, thanks. Feeling a whole lot better now.

Mina, I'm excited too!

And again, thank you to everyone's super encouraging, kind words. It's been very uplifting seeing the reaction to the interview twist.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Great interview questions and answers, Alex. Thank you for sharing. Lynda, your book and your beliefs are special tools for these unique times in world history!

J Lenni Dorner said...

Good interview. It's not all that often that people discuss religion and what it means to them in such a positive way. It's interesting to hear what people like most about a faith they've chosen, especially when the answer is more than, "I don't know, that's what my family is so I just kind of grew up that way."

Lexa Cain said...

It's so sweet about how your life changed when you found God. Yay for Lynda for interviewing you!

Congrats to Christine for her new release!

I can't wait for Guardians of the Galaxy 2! I'll have to wait for about a year till it comes on TV over here...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! Nope, I'm not crazy - I just can't be without internet since being online is a big part of my book promo, writing, life, etc. My main net connection is still not working. It may take them weeks to fix it. I'm glad I have other options for the interim.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I cannot wait to see Guardians of the Galaxy II. I love the first one a lot.

Sandra Cox said...

Wishing you and your wife a funfilled weekend.

Leslie S. Rose said...

Hoorays and congrats for new releases.

Toinette Thomas said...

Faith affects my writing in one of two ways; it's either embedded in the story or it guides to stay within certain boundaries.
I didn't figure out The Killer but got the others for the trivia.
I like the trivia this week. What a great way to tie into your guest post for the day. I got my copy and look forward to applying it daily.

Mason T. Matchak said...

Have people been live-tweeting the Rifftrax thing? I saw that "Carnival of Souls" was trending on Twitter recently, and that's the first time I'd heard of it and the MST3K.

And I'm really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy. The first one was surprisingly good, I can't wait to see how they build on that. And that final shot in the trailer was just perfect. ^_^

Anna Soliveres said...

Oh man! I'm late to the party for the trailer release of Guardian's of the Galaxy II. Looks interesting, and of course, baby Groot! Adorbs. Haha. Love that I can catch up on so many topics on your blog. :)

Liz Fichera said...

Lovely interview. :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

Happy Halloween, Alex!

I loved the GotG2 trailer! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!
Also, Logan doesn't look half bad either.
We might luck out in 2017!

Heather

cleemckenzie said...

I'm a staunch supporter of finding what you need to make your life complete and steer you toward being a good person. If the Christian faith can do that, I'll say Amen.

I'll be sure to add your book on Goodread.

Congrats to Christine today!

Ann Carbine Best said...

I so relate to Lynda, as my own faith informs everything I do. I wish her great success with her devotionals, something that's so needed in today's world.

Sandra Cox said...

I didn't realize Guardians had another one coming out.

Happy Halloween. Keep the cauldron boiling.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

J Lenni, my parents would dump us off at Sunday School, but they never went.

Lexa, if you are crazy, it's a good kind of crazy.

Toi, wonderful!

Mason, that was it!

Lee, you said it.

Sandra, getting ready to settle into a game with my wife!

Kathryn McKendry said...

Great interview! and Congrats to Lynda!

I think #5 is The Prince of Egypt!

I also wanted to tell you Alex that I've really been enjoying listening to your audiobook of CassaFire!!

T. Drecker said...

Love the interview twist! There are things and trends in writing I refuse to do/follow. I won't say that it's because of my faith, but more because my faith gives me the strength to stand up against that with which I know aren't all right. I hadn't seen the trailer yet-a real treat!

Blue Grumpster said...

Lynda rocks. Always has, always will. She deserves another cruise!

Hi Lynda.
Hello Ninja.

Valerie Capps said...

Congratulations Lynda! Interesting twist on the interview post. I like it. I walked to Sunday School as a child. My father died when I was young. My mother believed in allowing us to make our own choices. We are a large family. We were well-represented in our small town churches. My siblings and I are: Baptist, Methodist, Luthern, Assembly of God, and, as my brother likes to say, The Church of What's Happening Now. Christmas was an interesting gathering.

Sandra Cox said...

Hope you had a great weekend.
Did you get a lot of contestants?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kathryn, correct, and thank you! Glad you're enjoying it.

Tonja, well said.

Hello Blue!

Mark Noce said...

Very cool:) Great way to incorporate God's teachings into your life in such a positive way:)

alexia said...

SO excited for GOTG2! And just got my copy of Christine's book. Love her!

erica and christy said...

Congrats to the authors you featured! I saw Cathrina's comment above, so if I answered with the names of the movies, I'd be cheating. She got them all! I was raised Catholic and teach first grade in a Catholic school, so faith is very important in my life and definitely plays a part in what/how I write. How beautiful Lynda is sharing her faith with readers in such a meaningful way. Christy

Trisha F said...

Wow, I have really been out of the loop! Off I go to check out CassaDawn :) Congrats Alex, and congrats to Lynda on her book release too!

Michelle Wallace said...

I'm looking forward to reading Lynda's book.
Hope you had a great weekend, Alex.

Kalpanaa M said...

I enjoyed reading that interview and specially liked that she interviewed you instead of the other way around. Sounds like a good book - Cling to God.

Sandra Cox said...

I just went over to Stephen's. That painting is absolutely gorgeous.

Sandra Cox said...

Spookler Alert: OMGosh. My heart couldn't stand it.