The Hope Prose Podcast

The Hope Prose Podcast

The Hope Prose podcast is dedicated to hope-filled MG and YA 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 author interviews ranging from Nadine Brandes, Robin Jones Gunn, and many more, you are sure to leave with tidbits of information that we hope inspires and uplifts you.... Show More

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August 2, 2020 31 min
Get ready for a completed unscripted laugh-fest about all the highs and lows of the first season of the Hope Prose Podcast. Listen as Tara and Rebekah discuss the results of their listener survey, including plans to continue in September with more diverse guests, clean reads from across genres, and the inclusion of some MG authors and expert opinions on writing, publishing, and becoming an author. Enjoy and until next season!!
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In part two of Tara and Rebekah's interview with Robin Jones Gunn (best-selling and Christy Award-winning author of more than 100 books including the 3.5 million-selling Christy Miller Series), the three continue their chat about her newest book, Being Known, her lack of socks, why she chose to focus her novel on healing from grief, her God-story about Africa, and the importance of community. Stay tuned till the end because the...
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In today’s episode (part one of TWO!) of The Hope Prose Podcast, your hosts have the honor of sitting down with one of their most highly anticipated guest yet, Robin Jones Gunn! Robin is a best-selling and Christy Award-winning author of more than 100 books including the 3.5 million-selling Christy Miller Series. Listen as they chat about her newest book, Being Known, her lack of socks, why she chose to focus her novel on healing f...
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In this week's episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah converse with epic indie fantasy author, AnnMarie Pavese. AnnMarie is the author of So Sang the Dawn and abides in the mountains of Arizona. She writes far more than she reads and spends her free time mentoring other girls, not only in the art of writing but also in the art of navigating the hardest parts of life.Listen as we pick her brain about the trials and tribulations...
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Today on Hope Prose, Rebekah and Tara sit down with extremely successful YA author, Nadine Brandes. Nadine is the Carol-Award winning author of FAWKES, ROMANOV, and the Out of Time Series. When she's not busy writing novels about bold living, you can usually find her drinking her weight in tea, hanging out on Instagram, or adventuring through Middle Earth with her husband and their Halfling children.Listen as they have a candid...
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May 31, 2020 53 min
Rebekah and Tara switch roles in today’s episode for the launch of Tara’s debut novel, FADE TO WHITE. Listen as they have fun chatting about what started Tara on her journey towards authordom, how important mental health is, and how reading and writing can help others in their own road to healing, and of course, all the details on how FADE TO WHITE came to be. Tara lives with her husband, two daughters and rescued fur-baby in a fie...
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In today’s episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah are whisked away to the land of childhood novelty by none other than YA author, Kara Swanson. Kara spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea and is the award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See and Peter Panretelling/sequel Dust (Enclave Publishing, July 2020). She helps young writers explore their passions as a faculty member of the You...
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May 3, 2020 49 min
In this week's episode, Tara and Rebekah sit down and chat with the extremely talented middle-grade author, Claire Swinarski. Claire is the author of multiple books including What Happens Next (coming May 19th, 2020 from Harper Collins) and Girl, Arise: A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World.Listen as they chat about what makes middle grade books so special, why it’s important for...
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In this week's episode, Tara and Rebekah get to celebrate the book launch of Seeing Voices with fellow debut Canadian YA author Olivia Smit. We learn about the benefits of completing an undergraduate program in creative writing, how to write from a hard of hearing character's POV, and how Olivia's passions for small towns, baking and hope-filled stories work into her own novels.Enjoy!
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Happy Easter! This bonus episode is a collaborative effort created in light of the global pandemic we are currently faced with. As a member of the Christian Podcast Association, we wanted to come together to create a message of hope for listeners this Easter. And so began the Hope Collaboration.In this episode, we share some of the amazing hope-filled podcasts available for free through your favorite podcast player.We have also inc...
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In today's episode, Tara and Rebekah have the pleasure of sitting down with June Hur. Born in South Korea, raised in Canada, and she studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. Her debut novel THE SILENCE OF BONES (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 2020) is a murder mystery set in Joseon Dynasty Korea (early 1800s), and also a coming-of-age tale about a girl searching for home. It was recently selected by t...
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In today’s episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah sit down with widely successful YA author, Taylor Bennet. Taylor Bennett is a dandelion-wishing, world-traveling lover of books, words, and stories. Based in the Pacific North West, she dreams of seeing the world and writing stories set in unique locations. Listen as she chats with your hosts about all things hedgehogs, traveling, and how it feels to have ended her well-loved Trade...
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In today’s podcast, Tara and Rebekah sit down with an extremely talented YA author and talented film producer. Phillip Telfer began his journey as a creative communicator through singing and songwriting. He also started teaching and mentoring teens as a youth pastor and camp speaker. He now directs the non-profit ministry Media Talk 101 and is author of the book Media Choices: Convictions or Compromise & Why Save Alexander. Li...
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In today’s podcast, Tara and Rebekah sit down with an extremely talented YA author and teacher. Chawna Schroeder is a Minnesotan writer who enjoys snow, chai tea, and playing “what if?”—even if that game occasionally gets her into trouble. She loves stretching both imagination and faith through story. Chawna’s books include The Vault Between Spaces, Beast, and the Bearing the Sword curriculum. Listen in as they chat about Chawna’s ...
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February 9, 2020 40 min
In this episode of Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah chat with McCall Hoyle who is a young adult and middle-grade author, including her two YA novels, The Thing with Feathers and Meet the Sky while also teaching middle school language arts. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and one of their golden retrievers or their three-legged tabby cat, who may make a cameo in Meet the Sky. Listen as they discuss...
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Today, Tara and Rebekah sit down with YA author Susan Miura and chatted about her book SHARDS OF LIGHT. Susan is the author of three young adult novels, HEALER, SHARDS OF LIGHT (A continuation of the story form Healer), and her third novel SHOW ME A SIGN is set for rerelease in October of this year. Faith, family and a passion for nature, traveling, writing and photography nurture Susan’s soul. Her poetry and wildlife photos are fe...
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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!
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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...
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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&...
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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 he...
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