Interview With America’s Got Talent Contestant & Christian Singer-Songwriter Joseph O’Brien

A couple months ago, my family and I were watching America’s Got Talent. This guy  named Joseph O’Brien came on and started singing an original song. In his song, he mentioned praying and my brother made a sarcastic comment that maybe he was “Christian,” and I laughed and was like, “maybe?”

I proceeded to look Joseph up on Instagram and noticed he had a verse in his bio. I thought that was pretty cool, but we all know that anyone can call themselves “Christian” or put a verse in their social media bio, but not be truly living for God.

However, as I followed Joseph on Instagram and watched him while he was on AGT, I noticed that he truly does live like a Christian. His faith in God influences the way he lives and all he does, and that really encouraged me. It’s nice to see someone on a show like that with genuine faith in God! I absolutely love his music and his voice, but his faith is what inspires me above all. He is an amazingly talented guy!

I reached out to Joseph via email a couple weeks ago asking if he would answer some questions to share with you all. I was SO SOOO excited when he replied with a YES!!

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Interview With Author Kellyn Roth

I had the opportunity around the end of last year to be an alpha reader for Kellyn Roth and proof read her newest book, At Her Fingertips, which is the third book in her original series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. Here is the summary of the book from her website:

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.

Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.

At first I thought the story was going to be slow, but as I continued reading, I was captivated by the story line!

In the story, Alice initially has trouble finding a proper young man who has a strong and genuine faith in the Lord like she does and who will be the right fit for a husband. As the story continues, a young man who is rich and well-off takes a liking to Alice, but his intentions are not straight. During this time, Alice also meets a very kind young man with a strong and evident faith in the Lord. Alice is unsure of whether to go with her head or her heart and is trying to find out what God’s will is.

This book was a fun tale and one that will encourage you in keeping your heart pure and waiting for the right one God has for you. Kellyn is an excellent author and I love how she mixed historical fiction with Godly, pure writing. It’s a wonderful book!

I heard about Kellyn’s blog tour for this new book, and was so excited to be a part! I asked her some questions on her writing as well as her relationship with the Lord, and I think that all of you – guy or girl – will be encouraged by what she shared! Also, when you are done reading, remember to check out her book!

Caitlyn: Hi Kellyn! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Kellyn: Of course! I’m a Christian & Historical Fiction author from North-Eastern Oregon who loves reading, writing, musicing, and farm-girling. I live on a ranch with my parents, little brothers, crazy border collies, selfish cat, conceited beta fish, and various cows and chickens. I’m a wannabe equestrian (horses are expensive!). I’m also a blogger and graphics designer!

 C: When did you start writing, and what is your favorite part of writing?

 K: I started writing when I was seven years old, but more officially when I was ten or eleven. So 9-6 years ago, depending on who you ask. 😉 My favorite part of writing is undoubtedly … writing! Seriously, though, I love creating first drafts. It’s a time when I get to write without any judgment, just whatever I want to say. It gives me a lot of freedom. I also enjoy outlining.

 C: When did you start this book series, and can you share a short summary of what it’s about?

 K: I started it in November 2015 – when I wrote the first book. The series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, is about twin sisters living in the Victorian era – Alice and Ivy! It starts when they are eight and goes until they are adults with their own families. I tackle a lot of heavy – and not-so-heavy – themes, explore the lives of various characters, and hopefully allow God to shine through everyday life.

 C: Any tips for fiction authors?

 K: My #1 tip is always “Just keep writing!” but for someone who’s been writing a while, this is kinda obvious, so I’ll say something other than that. 😛

 Here are a couple things to keep in mind:

 1: Plot structure is so important!

You may think it’s a terrible idea to conform your novel to rigid lines … but a book without structure is a bad idea. Trust me. Basically, plot structure is your book adhering to a thematic arc – hook, inciting incident, first plot point, first pinch point, midpoint, second pinch point, third plot point, climax, and resolution. You can find out more about it on K.M. Weiland’s blog, Helping Writers Become Authors.

 2: Learn the rules – but don’t follow them blindly.

Learn everything you can about grammar, punctuation, general writing, etc. … but sometimes you just might need to dance around the rules. This may blow your mind, but occasionally a sentence must end with a preposition! Not often … but sometimes! If something just feels right it just might be!

 3: Know your audience.

It’s important to know who you’re writing for. When you begin, you may just be writing for yourself … but eventually you need to decide who your books are aimed at. This will help you know what to write, what is suitable for your audience, etc.

 And … that’s about it! There is tons of other great advice out there, but this is just what comes to mind as I’m writing this.

 C: What are some practical ways that you draw closer to Jesus and strive to live for Him?

 K: Obviously spending time in His word and praying are important – and definitely doable on a daily basis! I think listening for His reply as well as telling Him about all your problems is important. Forming a habit of stopping and praying whenever something comes up in your life is a good thing to strive for.

Honestly, I sometimes don’t think living for Jesus has to be much. I don’t think He asks anything impossible of us. He asks us to follow in His footsteps as best as we can – but He doesn’t ask us to do it ourselves. He asks us to let Him do it for us! It’s not our strength – not our grace – not our faith … but His! Let Him guide you. I promise He won’t leave you hanging. 😉

Keep in mind that sometimes God asks different things of each of us. Some people need to go to Africa as missionaries to fulfill His will. Others do what pleases Him most by staying home and quietly witnessing to those around us. I personally feel that one of the best ways to witness to others is to be so kind, so joyful, and so content that people around us will go, “Hey, I want in on this Christian business!”

C: Favorite passage of Scripture, and why?

K: Psalm 8, without a doubt! There’s so much power and majesty in it. It’s beautiful poetry – but meaningful, too.

C: What is your favorite aspect of God?​

K: The “aspect” Who created the world, Who knows the stars by name, and Who fashioned me before time began. The majestic side, I suppose. 🙂 Just appeals me in a kind of raw, untamed way.

Big thanks to Kellyn Roth for joining me today! Go check out her amazing new book, At Her Fingertips here!

Go check out all of Kellyn’s social media and blogs by clicking the links below!!

Facebook: @krauthor Twitter: @ReveriesofRuby Goodreads: krauthor Google+: +KellynRothAuthor Instagram: kellbellroth Pinterest: krauthor YouTube: Kellyn Roth Amazon: author/kellynroth Personal Blog: kellynroth.wordpress.com Book Blog: reveriesreviews.wordpress.com


About Kellyn:

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Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com

// Interview With Abby Rose from Truly Beautiful //

Hey everyone! Today’s post is a bit different from my usual posts, but I interviewed by lovely friend Abby Rose from Truly Beautiful Ministries! I know you’ll be encouraged and inspired by what she had to say. Well, let’s jump right in…

Caitlyn: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Abby Rose: Hi Caitlyn! I am so overjoyed to be joining you today at your lovely blog. 🙂 My name is Abby Rose & I am a sixteen year old Louisiana raised & Jesus saved girl! I am the founder of Truly Beautiful Ministries & Lovely Letters Ministry & I am left so humbled at how faithful God is in every season of life. I love to read & study God’s word, spend time with my family, sing, play violin worship songs, read, write letters & share about Jesus & what He is doing in my life & others.

C: Why did you start Truly Beautiful Ministries?

AR: I find it absolutely beautiful how Jesus places passions & dreams in us WAY before we even know what He has in store! From a young age, I always loved writing & always dreamed of having a blog. As I grew in my walk with God, He revealed to my heart a beautiful dream to start a ministry to encourage every young lady in their walk with God & He opened up all of the doors & opportunities to do this! Since then, I have watched as He has used this for His glory & used it to grow me in ways I would have never thought possible.

C: What are some practical ways that you live for Jesus and be salt and light?

AR: OH! I love this question! It’s such a humbling truth to know that I cannot love people or be salt & light without my Savior first demonstrating this to me. Through His love & His strength am I able to love others & be a light for His glory. One way He has led my heart to fully live a life consecrated to Him, is to start every morning with Him. I have done this for years, but just recently began setting aside thirty minutes every morning before anyone in my home wakes up or the sun rises, to spend with Him. It’s always been a struggle for me to wake up early in the mornings, so for this alone have I witnessed God changing my desires to align with His will. I now wake up in excited expectation for what will happen in my time with Him. Starting my morning with Him helps my mind to stay on Him throughout the day & truly place Him as first in my life. Through this time, He speaks to me & empowers me to love as He has called me to. { Matthew 5:14 ~ Ye are the light of the world }

C: What’s some advice you would give to the readers?

AR: YOU ARE ON PURPOSE! 🙂 No matter what situation you are going through, battle you are fighting or mountain you are facing, you are NOT an accident & God has such beautiful plans in store for your life. He makes every season beautiful in His time. { Ecclesiastes 3:11 } Love Him with your whole heart, surrender your life to Him, trust Him & lean on Him in the hard times. You will find the most beautiful things began to unfold because God is in control of every detail of your life.

C: What’s your favorite aspect of Jesus?

AR: Ohhh!! Lately, I have dwelt on the beautiful promise that God is faithful. Even when I can’t seem to hear His voice or I feel confused or hurting, He is still with me: loving me, caring for me & comforting me. { Lamentations 3:22-23 ~ The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never ceases, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. }

C: What is a verse that’s inspired you lately?

AR: Lately, I have been so encouraged by Joshua 1:9. It’s a beautiful promise of God’s faithfulness & it’s such a powerful truth for any time I am anxious or worried. HE IS WITH ME.

C: Now for a more fun question, what is your favorite food?

AR: PIZZA & ICE CREAM ARE TWO OF MY FAVORITES!!! :)) hehe, but since I can’t eat those all the time or I would be SUPER unhealthy, I love to eat grapes, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, apples, pears, bananas, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower you name the fruit or vegetable & I will probably love it. (Especially in smoothies!)

Thanks so much for joining me Abby! & thanks for being such a light to the world!
& thanks to you for reading this! Don’t forget to check out Abby’s blog!

Interview With David Carter From The Coronation

Hey everyone! So this post is a bit different from most posts I do – it’s a part of the amazing Livy Jarmusch’s blog tour for her brand new fiction book, The Coronation! In honor of this awesome occasion, I did an interview with one of the characters from the book, David Carter, a break-out pop sensation who is still a teen.

This is an interview that I did with Livy & she gave me the answers as if she were David! Obviously, this isn’t an official interview, but is more of a way to celebrate the book and have some fun! Also, to give you all a peak into one of my favorite character’s lives! Let’s get started!

Caitlyn: Hi there David! Thanks for joining me today! Can you introduce yourself to the readers?

David: Yep! My name is David Carter and I’m the lead singer for a fairly new pop group, called Kennetic Energy.

C: How long have you been singing?

D: Well, my Mom says I’ve been singing since before I could talk. But I don’t remember getting really serious about my music until twelve, when I learned guitar, and started messing around with song writing.

C: What’s it like being a major pop star?

D: Basically, it’s just being able to get to do what you love, every single day of your life! I’m still not used to the title ‘pop star’. I think that sounds a little weird. I mean, I’m just David, the kid from Kentucky who loves to play music with his friends! But now, instead of performing for my dogs in the garage, we’re performing for thousands of people in sold-out stadium tours across the US. It’s pretty crazy.

C: What is your favorite hobby besides music?

D: Hmm, good question! I’m actually somewhat of a boring kind of a guy. If I’m not playing or writing music (which is pretty much all of the time!) then you can find me reading or hanging out with my friends. (Yeah, totally exciting, right?)

C: If you had a day to yourself how would you spend it?

D: A day off actually sounds really nice right now! Our schedule has been getting crazy busy. So hmm, a day all to myself, to do whatever I want? I think I would spend it back home in Cross Creek, just hanging out with my friends, having a BBQ in the backyard, attacking each other with squirt guns, or something fun like that. Or, if you’re talking about doing things away from home, I’d take my Mom on a private jet to Italy for a few days. She’s always wanted to go to Italy, so I think that would be a dream come true for her. If my schedule ever slows down enough for us to go, I’m totally gonna take her.

C: What is Tarsurella and the Palace like?

D: Tarsurella is pretty sweet. I haven’t been to a lot of European countries yet, but Tarsurella is definitely one of my favs! The downtown district is super whimsical and old-fashioned. They’ve got a shop where you can buy fudge and post-cards, and see characters dressed up, reenacting Tarsurella’s ancient history. But the Palace? The Palace is definitely the crowning jewel. It’s the must-see tourist stop for any American, for sure! There are really no words to describe the Palace. But since I’m a songwriter, and writing is supposed to be in my blood (except for when massive writers block sinks in!) I think I’d choose these three words to describe it: Charming, awe-inspiring, and unforgettable.

C: What’s your favorite part of being a singer?

D: Really, I’m all about the music. I feel like lyrics and melodies are somehow strung into my DNA. It’s just a part of who I am. For me, playing and writing music is like breathing. I wouldn’t be able to live without it. I know a lot of musicians say this, and it sounds chiche, but it’s true. I’m somewhat of an awkward introvert, so music really helps me express what I would never be able to say otherwise. I don’t know if I can really pinpoint a “favorite” thing, because I love the entire process. From the first moment inspiration strikes, to finding the perfect chords, crafting the lyrics, sharing it with the band, recording it in the studio, and then sharing it with our amazing fans. It amazes me that our music resonates so powerfully with the listeners and that they feel we’re relate-able. That’s the magic of music, for ya!

C: What’s your favorite food?

D: My Mom’s lasagna.

C: Who is your musical inspiration?

Oh, good question! I’ve had a lot of musical influences over the years, but I think the most powerful in my life has been Switchfoot. Although our style is quite a bit different than theirs, I love how deep and meaningful their lyrics are, even though they’re like, a rock band. So yeah, defiantly Switchfoot!

Thanks so much for doing this interview with me David!

And thanks to YOU for reading this! I had the amazing privilege of being able to pre-read and help Livy edit The Coronation & lemme tell you it was amazing! I won’t tell you too much about it yet, I have a review coming this weekend! Definitely go check it out, it’s on Amazon in paperback + Kindle! Check it out here!

Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig. Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard?