Madeleine Mozley is a desert-dwelling word fiend. First Carrier is her debut novel, and she’s been living in the world of writing since early childhood. Since her first poem, Black, was laminated and hung on the fridge when she was seven, she was hooked.
She studied creative writing and psychology at UNM, receiving various awards and writing accolades before graduating and starting a Christian lit mag with her best friends/writing compatriots. She served as editor of Embers Igniting for five years.
In April 2019, Embers Igniting restructured itself as an editing business. Madeleine gets to work with clients who write all lengths of fiction and nonfiction over at Embers Igniting Editing.
Madeleine lives in her enchanting home state of New Mexico with her husband, two kids, and three fur babies. She’s long been enamored of the natural splendor of NM, especially her beloved Sandia Mountains, and her desire to put chile in everything she cooks can’t be contained.
2270-D Wyoming Blvd. NE #181
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Why “Strong Female Character” Is a Misnomer
There’s a lot of attention currently in the literary world on writing “strong” female characters. The problem with this term is that it implies women are inherently weak or need to be masculine to be considered “strong.” We need to shift our focus and praise strong characters, and perhaps change the word “strong” to “dynamic.” Our priority should be writing characters who are vivid, clearly motivated, and complex, and gender is just one of many factors influencing a character’s personality and behavior.
Whore and Slave: The Roles of Women in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
In the post-apocalyptic genre, it’s a long-standing tradition to write female characters as one of three classic archetypes: the whore, the mother, or the damsel in distress. It’s as if writing about the end of the world somehow causes us to regress to archaic, oversimplified roles for women. Is this wrong? Or is it somehow appropriate when the world has gone to hell?
Should All Christians Write Christian Fiction?
Christians who write almost always try their hands at writing Christian fiction. The idea of making big, bold statements of faith in Jesus in our creative work to reach others comes naturally. But for some of us, that style feels awkward. While there’s no denying the important role of “Christian fiction” in the literary world, works by Christians who write with more subtlety are also vital. The value of writing for a mainstream audience (i.e., the “missional” approach to writing as a Christian) should not be overlooked.
The Top 5 Mistakes Indie Authors Make When Working with Editors
- Not hiring an editor
- Sending a first draft
- Skipping a structural edit
- Hitting “accept all changes”
- Rushing through the process
Four Reasons Why Everyone Should Write
Writing is beneficial not just to those of us who do it for a living, but for everyone. The act of writing, especially narrative writing, has been shown to:
- Reduce stress,
- Help in the processing of events,
- Motivate the writer, and
- Increase intelligence.
Whether you’re a gifted writer or not is irrelevant in this powerful act of putting your story to the page. So why aren’t you writing?