Guest Post:: The Case for Christian Fiction by Christa Banister

By Christa A. Banister, special to Backseat Writer Growing up in a no-stoplight town in western Wisconsin, sometimes the best adventures happened in whatever book I was reading at the time. After all, my hometown of Ladysmith didn’t have the whole quaint small town thing going like Stars Hollow, the quirky fictional home of “GilmoreContinue reading “Guest Post:: The Case for Christian Fiction by Christa Banister”

Christmas Un-Wrapped with Christa Banister

When it comes to writers, Christa Banister is top-notch.  Author of the popular Sydney Alexander chick lit series (Around the World in 80 Dates, Blessed are the Meddlers, and the yet-to-be released third novel), Christa is also a freelance journalist and an avid blogger.  Always amusing and encouraging, I was excited that Christa took timeContinue reading “Christmas Un-Wrapped with Christa Banister”

Christmastime is here!!!

And you know what that means!  That’s right; it’s time to unwrap Christmas with our favorite artists, musicians, and writers.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting  short Q&A’s with abolionist/author Zach Hunter, Reese Roper (of Five Iron Frenzy, Roper, Guerilla Rodeo), musician Josh Wilson, author Christa Banister as well as with indie artistContinue reading “Christmastime is here!!!”

Christmas UnWrapped:: Part 2, What strikes you about Christ’s birth this year?

Our Un-Rappers reflect on the miracle of that we celebrate—when Jesus was born on earth. God Himself in the fragile body of an infant entrusted to the clumsy hands of humanity. EVERY TIME I READ THE GOSPELS REGARDING JESUS’ BIRTH, DIFFERENT THINGS STRIKE ME ABOUT THE ABSOLUTE BEAUTY OF THE EVENT. WHAT HAS STRUCK YOUContinue reading “Christmas UnWrapped:: Part 2, What strikes you about Christ’s birth this year?”

Christmas Un-Wrapped:: What’s your favorite …?

Everyone has Christmas favorites from songs to cookies to movies to the age-old debate of white vs. colored lights (I say both!) We ask our Un-Rappers about some of their favorites, and their answers vary, even in word length. Enjoy! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG/MOVIE/COOKIE? I’m a sucker for anyone who can sing “O HolyContinue reading “Christmas Un-Wrapped:: What’s your favorite …?”

Amy’s Favorite Things (Take that, Oprah!)

By Amy Sondova Every year, Oprah Winfrey features a few of her favorite things on her daytime talk show (“Oprah’s Favorite Things“) and then adorns the audience with each and every one of her favorite things.  Well, I’m not Oprah, and therefore, cannot give all Backseat Writer’s readers samples of everything that I adore.  ButContinue reading “Amy’s Favorite Things (Take that, Oprah!)”

Christmas Un-Wrapped:: Black Friday–Great Deals or Terrifying Chaos?

As millions of Americans arise early on Friday morning to head out to their favorite stories to find the best deals for their friends and family this Christmas, we decided to see if our Un-Rappers were doing the same. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BLACK FRIDAY? GREAT DEALS OR TERRIFYING CHAOS? “Haha, my answer isContinue reading “Christmas Un-Wrapped:: Black Friday–Great Deals or Terrifying Chaos?”

Christa Banister :: Blessedly Meddling in Chick Lit

By Amy Sondova There’s one thing they never teach you in those college journalism classes—how to deal with the angst of interviewing and writing about another writer, especially when that individual is music journalist and author, Christa Banister.  Not only has she just released her second novel, Blessed Are the Meddlers, she also has anContinue reading “Christa Banister :: Blessedly Meddling in Chick Lit”

So much to say, so much to say!

This week I’m “unofficially” on vacation, which means I’m backing off from writing a bit to step back and consider the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Or it could be that Sarah has off all week and we’ve got great plans like an overnight beach trip with two of our pals! Well, whatever,Continue reading “So much to say, so much to say!”