Charity Bishop

Biography

Charity Bishop is funny, quirky, analytical, a little sentimental, and occasionally forgetful, with an offbeat sense of humor, a tendency to like sci-fi, and a storehouse of knowledge about “useless trivia.” She gets fixated on learning things, and obsesses over them until she knows everything there is to know about them, then looks for something new to learn. She gets bored with “same-ness,” but is good at impartiality and seeing both sides in an argument. In fact, she’s likely to argue both sides for the sheer fun of it.

She grew up in the church and was saved at a young age, but re-evaluated and re-dedicated her life to Christ three years ago. Since then, God has encouraged her to trust Him with her life and future – which sometimes is an uphill battle for a stubborn girl. As she struggles with understanding His ways along with her characters, He gently reveals the answers. He’s her co-author, both in the stories she tells and in her very own story.

Her day job is a magazine editor, and her hobbies (other than writing books) include over-analyzing everything she comes into contact with, vigorously defending various incarnations of Sherlock Holmes against perceived injustices, irritating her friends with theological musings, and MBTI typing fictional characters.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! It was an overly melodramatic short mystery about an attractive feline who asked a consulting feline detective to investigate events surrounding the disappearance of a "dirty dog." Not only did I write it, I fully illustrated it and put it into book form, with a front and back cover made out of thicker paper than the inside pages. I continued writing the "Adventures of Puff and Tom" for quite some time, until I graduated to more "serious" things (those being equally immature mysteries revolving around a stable, and several horse-owners, as I went through my "Saddle Club" phase in my preteen years).
What is your writing process?
Typically, I come up with a "scathingly brilliant idea" that involves a time period and a major plot twist and leap right into it. I tend to let the story build on its own through the first draft, taking it in different directions if my writing stalls or feels too stilted. Often, a theme is building without my conscious awareness that only becomes more evident toward the end; if I really like that undercurrent, I will in my second and third drafts polish it up a bit. I never plan the book straight through, because knowing exactly what happens in each chapter tends to stall my creativity; part of the fun for me is the process of discovery and invention, and I've often found that what seemed like a good idea when I started writing isn't plausible toward the end; often, better ideas come along as the story evolves.
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Where to find Charity Bishop online


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Books

Ravenswolde
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,780. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
What if you knew when someone was about to die… and could do nothing to stop it? Elspeth does not know what she is, until she arrives at Ravenswolde. Fresh from a nunnery, with only her faith as a comfort, she is thrust into a world full of murderous intentions and unseen adversaries...
The Giftsnatcher
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,960. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Everyone believes Alana is a witch, but she’s a Giftsnatcher: able to steal magical abilities from others, and gift them to a new host… for a price. But when her abilities backfire, leaving her with no choice but to unravel a daring mystery full of illusions, family curses, evil spells, and blood magic, she finds herself face to face with the truth behind the Ripper murders.
Watching The Lord of the Rings With God
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,720. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / General, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
“Watching ‘The Lord of the Rings’ With God” will open your eyes to the symbolism, allegorical aspects, and subtle wonders of Middle-earth in a way you never expected… as you watch the franchise with God at your side.
The Secret in Belfast
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,300. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Belfast, 1911. Thomas Andrews and Lord Pirrie are swept up into a mystical, magical series of events revolving around a robbery without anything missing, a mysterious child with a sadistic gift, and a secret hidden for decades threatens to overshadow the success of the shipyard, all leading up to the tragic downfall of the Titanic.
I, Claudia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,010. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Christian » Historical
The story of Claudia Procula, wife of Pontius Pilate, from her childhood in Rome to the turbulent aftermath of his removal as the Judean governor.
Thornewicke
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,830. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Evangeline is about to discover what is different about her. She has had suspicions all along, but it is not until an aunt she never knew about turns up that her life tumbles into an adventure. Now, she is in the northern wood… a place where nothing is as it seems, where the ancient house of Dragonspire shifts its rooms around, and an unknown evil lurks nearby.

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