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Is it Really Christian if it’s Fiction? With Eva Marie Everson and Taryn Souders
Episode 928th September 2022 • Addressing the ELEPHANT in the Room® • One Light Ahead®
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Eva Marie Everson is the CEO of Word Weavers International & the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference. She is a multiple award-winning author and speaker and is the 2022 recipient of the AWSA Lifetime Achievement Award. Eva Marie has served as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, an adjunct professor at Taylor University, and is widely recognized and respected at writing conferences. A seminary graduate, she enjoys teaching the Word of God and speaking at women's events and retreats. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband make their home in Central Florida where they are owned by their cat. To connect with Eva Marie, go to: 

Taryn’s middle grade novels have been named to multiple state award lists, including Pennsylvania’s Young Readers Choice Awards, Alaska’s Battle of the Books, Ohio’s Buckeye Children and Teen’s Book Awards, Wisconsin’s Golden Archer Awards, Alabama’s Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award, Nebraska’s Golden Sower Awards, and Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Awards. Her book, Coop Knows the Scoop, was a 2021 Edgar Award nominee for Best Juvenile mystery novel. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Word Weavers, International. She is represented by Sally Apokedak of Apokedak Literary Agency. Taryn currently lives in Sorrento, Florida with her husband, David, their three children, and two cats—an overly fuzzy Ragdoll named Mordecai and a polydactyl Hemingway named Sebastian—who like to terrorize flies. While she’s somewhat decent at math, she is terrible at science and has an intense dislike of tarantulas. To connect with Taryn, go to:

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Eva Marie and Taryn’s background in writing and details about the Florida Christian Writers Conference
  • Common presumptions and misconceptions about Christian fiction and their logical inaccuracies
  • How God demonstrates His creativity through His creation, and why Eva and Taryn believe God made us to be creative beings
  • The dynamic of being a Christian author in the general  (non-Christian) market 
  • How weaving Christian principles into your work will help reach people that wouldn’t otherwise be reached
  •  The graphic reality of the Bible’s historicity and why it’s important to acknowledge
  • The value of using storytelling to subtly communicate important truths to a wide audience


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