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.

Episodes

May 2, 2021 42 min

Today’s episode brings you a conversation between your hosts and YA fantasy/adventure author Lani Forbes!?

Lani is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer (which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books). A former teacher turned trauma counselor, her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience.

Listen as they talk about her trilogy, THE AGE OF THE...

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Today, Rebekah and Tara sit down with C.F.E. Black, YA sci-fi and fantasy writer. And no, she’s not related to Rebekah but hey, they are soul sisters so technically ….anywho! 

C.F.E is a high school Spanish teacher with a love for stories that sweep her away into another world and when she’s not chasing her son, she’s reading & writing, or hiking in the great outdoors. 

Join them in a cozy roundtable where they discuss her debut ...

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In today’s episode, Tara and Rebekah gear up and travel to a distant galaxy far, far away to chat with legendary YA fantasy (now turned Sci-fi!) author, Chuck Black!

Chuck is a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical combat communications officer, is the author of eighteen novels, including the popular and household name at this point, Kingdom Series. 

Listen in as he drops by to talk about what it’s like to make the switch from writi...

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Today’s podcast guest is a multi-published author, book columnist, guest host on CBC’s q, and founder and Executive Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her latest release, GUTTER CHILD, is a dystopian story of courage and resilience that arrived last January with HarperCollins Canada. 

Can you guess who it is? 

That’s right, Jael Richardson joins the Hope Prose family alumni to talk about her debut novel GUTTER CH...

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In today’s episode, Bekah and Tara sit down with Ellen McGinty to talk about her YA debut, THE WATER CHILD which takes place in her current country of residence, Japan! Ellen originally hails from Texas with cowboy blood in her veins and is the working mom of not one, not two, but three boys. 

Listen as the trio discusses the dream and real-life event that inspired Ellen’s stunning novel, the Japanese word she would use to describe ...

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In today’s episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, Rebekah and Tara talk to Christy Award-winning author of The Means That Make Us Strangers---Christine Kindberg! 


Christine was born in Peru and grew up in Chile, Panama, Kentucky, North Carolina, and studied English at Wheaton College. Now, she lives in the Chicago area where she works as a Spanish-language editor at Tyndale House Publishers and guest teaches a creative writing class at ...

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January 24, 2021 40 min

In today’s episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, Tara and Rebekah are absolutely thrilled to sit down with multi-award-winning YA author Caroline George. Caroline graduated from Belmont University with a degree in publishing and public relations and now travels the country speaking at conferences and writing full-time. Her latest book Dearest Josephine from HarperCollins releases February 2nd and is available for pre-order now! 

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In their first episode of 2021, Rebekah and Tara are ecstatic to talk with Isabel Ibañez, a novelist born in Boca Raton, Florida, who is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years, is the author of Woven in Moonlight which was named one of the best YA fantasy books of all time by Time magazine, and the soon to be relea...

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Today on Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah have the joy of talking to YA author Tabitha Caplinger. Tabitha is the author of The Chronicle of the Three Trilogy, a Christian urban fantasy, and most recently authored, The Wolf Queen. When she’s not writing books, she either getting way too emotionally invested in the lives of her fictional characters, obsessing over a book or tv show, or traveling the vast realms of her own worlds.  


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December 13, 2020 53 min

Tonight on the Hope Prose Podcast, Bekah and Tara have the pure joy of being encouraged by Wendelin Van Dranaan, bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the long-running Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series.

Her novel Flipped, named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, became a Warner Brothers feature film, and Shredderman became a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie. 

In this interview, they chat wi...

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Today on Hope Prose, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter joins Tara and Rebekah for a light-hearted discussion about perseverance in writing, how she handles bad reviews as a creative, what inspires her novels, her tips for fast drafting, all things The EVERLIFE trilogy (her clean YA series), and her latest YA release THE GLASS QUEEN. 

Gena lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two adult children who grew up...

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Today on Hope Prose, Tara and Rebekah have the pleasure of hosting their first poetry author, Amie Woleslage! Amie is a suburban cowgirl with a penchant for words. What started as a coping mechanism quickly became a burning passion and a desire to help others with the same challenges she faces. 

Listen as they chat candidly about all things mental health, her debut poetry book FIFTEEN, healing from grief, the amazing job Amie did or...

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In today’s episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, Tara and Rebekah sit down with kid-lit novelist Laura Segal Stegman, an arts publicist from Los Angeles to talk about her debut novel: SUMMER OF L.U.C.K.. 


Listen in as they discuss Laura’s foray into the writing scene after being an actress for many years, what prompted her change in careers, why SUMMER OF L.U.C.K. is the embodiment of her own journey of self-discovery, why family issue...

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In this week's episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, Tara and Rebekah chat with author, speaker, and contributing writer to the blog GO TEEN WRITES, Shannon Dittemore. Bundle up in a warm blanket or grab a cup of tea and listen as they talk about her return to the publishing world with her newest book, WINTER WHITE AND WICKED. 

Learn what sparked the idea for WINTER, why it took five years to get from draft to the shelves, the hidd...

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In this week's episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, Tara and Rebekah pick the brain of award-winning author Marian L. Thomas, who pushes the boundaries of their usual YA genre format, but who they think you’ll enjoy listening to all the same. 


Settle in and listen as they chat about her book, “CAGED BUTTERFLY” which has been featured on national TV stations around the country such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, A&E, and Ovation...

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In this week's episode of The Hope Prose Podcast, Tara has a heartfelt and lively conversation with children's fantasy author R.J. Anderson. Listen in as they chat about the benefits of tackling difficult subjects and themes through a fantastical lens, and how great stories, including her newest releases, The Flight and Flames Trilogy through Enclave Publishing, encourage us to be brave in exploring how our differences can ...

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In the first episode of season two, Rebekah and Tara talk about their decision to spread their wings this year and begin to include more diverse voices within their show--which just so happens to include highlighting more middle-grade gems. Together, they sit down with James Bird, a California native of Ojibwe descent, screenwriter/director, and now middle-grade author, to talk candidly about his foray into the writing scene and hi...

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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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