Introducing ‘Thaw’ by E Kaiser Writes


As you know I promised to interview more Christian authors on my blog and here is the next one!  A very different kind of fairytale by E. Kaiser Writes.

Hi Elizabeth – thanks for joining me today.  I have been looking with great interest at your new series – Thaw. 

E.K. I am very happy to be here and I am very excited about this new series.

Well I have to say first of all that I am not usually a great fan of fiction – not even Christian fiction – but I must say I am very interested in your new series because of the strong Christian messages which run throughout.  You seem to have woven these into your stories in a very skilful way.

E.K. Thank you.  That is what I have tried to do because there are many fairytale messages out there which can be very misleading.  For example,  I feel like Disney has dominated the fairytale area with the message of “Do whatever you feel like”, but that is a detrimental message. Often we feel like doing very unkind things, if not sometimes downright bad. The Lord’s perspective isn’t “follow your heart”, it is “guard your heart”.

I couldn’t agree more.  In fact, Proverbs 4.23 says that doesn’t it!  ‘Above all else, guard you heart….’  So could you tell me, and my readers, just what are the key Christian themes in the ‘Thaw’ series?

 E.K. We are all born with flaws and strengths, and those are often linked together. The Lord makes us the way we are for a purpose, and it is our job to figure out that purpose and how to make our flaws not overpower our strengths. The balancing act of finding that harmony can only be started when we stop making excuses for ourselves, or viewing ourselves as “victims of fate”… We must step up to the plate and say, “This is how He made me; and I am going to work hard to become the very best version of that.”
So many times fairytales depict their main characters to be basically at the mercy of events, whereas I believe we are never at their mercy. Life happens to us without our consent, but we always have the ability to choose how we react to it.
This is key, I think, and something the Winter Angel eventually points out to Ilise: she says “do not think others have no burdens because they are not like you. Theirs are unique to them, and may be harder for them to bear then yours are for you.”

That is great and again based squarely on Scripture.  Proverbs again!  ‘Each heart knows its own bitterness’ Proverbs 14.10.

E.K. Yes absolutely.   Another major current, is personality differences react in different ways, but they all need the same lesson. To put ourselves aside and concentrate on what is the right thing to do. The characters in these books are distinctly aware that their lives are watched by the Great King, but the two main girls allow themselves to get very much off track as they grow up, and then they have to struggle past that toward a better understanding of maturity.
I contend that we can’t be emotionally or mentally mature without a corresponding degree of spiritual maturity, and it’s really only spiritual strength that can give us what it takes to overcome our inner problems. Often that is grown in times of stress, and so if we’re looking in the right direction during our time of trouble we can emerge better & bigger for it. And in that way He has set it up so that even our greatest trials can become enormous gifts in retrospect.

The Thaw books are by no means allegorical or doctrinally-charged… but they are written from a deep perspective of hope in the Eternal, and so everything in them is laced with that; instead of the sometimes rather “dark art-y” view a lot of modern day fantasy has developed into.
In this way, I hope young and old alike can enjoy a fantasy world underpinned with wholesome morals, and maybe some of them can be encouraged to keep fighting the good fight within themselves as well.

That sounds excellent to me.  So what made you focus on these particular books and themes?

E.K. These three were the first to come. They grew out of a scenario that came and got stuck in my head.  But the basis is that we are always masters of our fate if we will only give the worrying and fear over to the true Master, and focus on what we can change instead of what we can’t.
As I have said, I feel like Disney has dominated the fairytale area with the message of “Do whatever you feel like”, but that is a detrimental message. Often we feel like doing very unkind things, if not sometimes downright bad. The Lord’s perspective isn’t “follow your heart”, it is “guard your heart”.
In the end we all feel bad impulses, but it is our actions that determine who we really are. By separating what we do from the way we feel at that moment, we can win out over our worser impulses, and become better, stronger people.

Characters all throughout this series find themselves in various fairytale situations, but instead of being hopeless, (which our girls in the first 2 Thaw books are unwisely tempted to do,) our characters learn that by sticking it out, and refusing to give up, triumph can be achieved. That good will win over evil every time. Even when it seems impossible.
Because, that’s what fairy-tales, (when properly told,) can do best!

What a great lesson for us all. To keep on and refuse to give up, even when the path is difficult.  Now having read a little about your books I am particularly interested in your theme of ‘ice maidens in real life’, so give us the back story on how  Ilise’s problems actually exist in our world too, and possibly in us.

E.K. Okay! Yes! As I said above, part of maturity of every kind is separating actions from feelings. Different personalities process life differently, but while some just keep reacting to everything they feel, others of us try to keep from reacting by quitting feeling.

I know this somewhat from personal experience, I was the kind of middle child that clammed up. The worse things got the further I retreated inside, telling myself that things couldn’t hurt me if I could just stop feeling them.

Ah yes!  Personal experience means you write straight from the heart!

E.K. I hope so!  I believe we show our greatest power when on a peak of emotion, and as kids that’s often when we behave the very worst.
Ilise is a special gift a la the Snow Maiden; when her barren parents build a baby out of snow, their many years of prayers are answered and they are given the child they have so long yearned for. But with her special origins comes the ability to freeze, (opposite the Snow Maiden tales, in which the poor child always melted away) Her parents have no idea how to deal with that; and soon all three of them are freaked out about her future and what her strange-ness could possibly end up in.  Thinking that she can use her strength to shut down her emotions, she goes about doing so; but emotions are not the problem. They are with us always.
Not being able to disconnect feeling from acting is the problem; and this is a lesson that Ilise takes a while to learn.
I wish someone would have told me about this as a child, it could have saved me a lot of anguish in my youth; where I struggled with black depression that I felt guilty for even feeling. For although we can choose to refuse joy, sorrow is not negotiable. It took me many years and some very highly educational books before I realized that we needed to always welcome joy in all its forms; for it was the raft to help us through the sad parts of life.
Becoming an “ice maiden”, a “cool cucumber”, or whatever other name there is for it, is an easy choice. It feels like you’re really getting somewhere… that you are truly protecting yourself from the sharp stings of everything around you. But it doesn’t. And it can lock you away in a place where you aren’t sure how to escape, and then all you have is the sorrowful parts of the world to keep you company… all of your days.
Those of us who have slipped down this path need to take heart, because we can reverse this process. We can “learn how to melt”… and for the most part, the damage we might have done in our pursuit of this goal is generally minor. Most of it is done to ourselves… and if we can stop gnawing on the past, assess the future realistically, but with hope, and then step out with determination, we can break the icy chains and open up to the happy side of life.
In some seasons there may not be much happiness around, but if we can just take each moment mindfully, there are little things in every path. We just have to be more open to noticing them and taking them into our hearts.
Gratitude is a huge part of this, as well; and there are a ton of “happiness experts” that extoll the virtues of simply being grateful. This is true, and can help a lot.
But most importantly we have to take that first step; quit keeping our hearts on ice, and quit “freezing” the people who are close to us, because it only makes ourselves chillier than before.

Well that sounds a really great message to me and I can’t wait to read some more of your books.  I will put the links below for others to click on and find them and in the meantime thanks so much for joining me.

E.K. A real pleasure.  Thanks for inviting me and enjoy the books.


Hosea – Bible Study BSBP Series Is Now Available

‘Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.  As surely as the sun rises he will appear.’ Hosea 6:3

The Bible study for the book of Hosea has now been published.  It is available in both electronic and paperback formats.  I love the book of Hosea!  And it is soooo appropriate for this day and age.

In Hosea God repeatedly warns Israel that if she does not repent and return to God then judgment will come.  I believe He would use this book to speak the same message to us.  He is still waiting for each of us to turn to God and accept His plan of salvation – to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

But if we refuse God’s offer of salvation, if we refuse to listen to His message, then eventually this will lead to judgment.  When Jesus returns He will return as a King and as a Judge.  Thus the message to us in the world today is very similar to that preached by Hosea to Israel so many years ago.

I hope you enjoy this Bible study as much as I enjoyed reading Hosea.  If you wish to purchase it you can do so via this website or directly from Amazon using the link below.  If you are in Europe, USA or Australia you can find it on your ‘local’ Amazon site using the search facility and typing in either my name or ‘Hosea BSBP’.

All profit goes to Tearfund.  You can find out more about this wonderful organisation at

Hosea Bible cover for blog

Hosea Bible Study – BSBP – link on Amazon.

Happy New Year!

‘only believe’  Mark 5:36

I wonder who you will believe in 2015.

I have been having a very interesting email exchange with someone who is not a Christian.  He wrote to me recently and said something which I thought was very profound, but also very simple.  His phrase leaped out of the page towards me and I have been thinking about it ever since.  It was this,

‘We believe or we don’t believe….it really is that simple’.

I realised that this statement sums up the Christian message and has an impact on our life on earth and our life after death too.  A very simple statement….. but the consequences which follow our decision are anything but simple.

God has spoken to us.  Do we believe Him?  We believe or we don’t believe ….. it really is that simple.

God has spoken to us through the universe, through the Bible and through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And all we have to do is believe Him!

We believe or we don’t believe….. it really is that simple.

So this year – 2015 – will you believe God?  If so it will certainly be a Happy New Year for you.


The clock strikes twelve – the year has passed

How did it slip away so fast?

Will this year just be like the last?

Believe, my friend, believe.


The Lord is coming – have no doubt

My friend the time is running out

Events proclaim it all around

The Lord is coming – joyful sound.


Oh what a day! – at least, for those

Who have believed that Christ arose

They’ll rise to meet Him in the sky

Forever more with Him on high.


But oh, for some – what great despair

Horror and fear – they won’t be there

The truth will dawn – a dreadful fate

That awful cry – it is too late!


Believe, believe – I plead with you

Believe, believe – my friend, please do

Repent, repent of all your sin

Accept the Lord, just turn to Him.


My words run dry – what can I say?

If only you would stop and pray

Why do you doubt? God does not lie

And yet you won’t believe – but why?


Believe – for time will soon be gone

Believe – for now you haven’t long

Believe – and join the ransomed throng

Believe my friend – believe.



Hope where it is least expected

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared…..’  Luke 2:13

Christmas is a time of great sadness for many people.   And the apparent festive cheer of others only serves to make this worse.  Someone said to me very recently, ‘Christmas means nothing to me this year.  I have lost my Mum.’  Somehow such a loss seems greater at Christmas.  The death of a loved one, marital breakdown, family dissension – many people actually become severely depressed at Christmas.

Maybe you are one of them and if so I want to tell you not to give up hope because we so often find hope where it is least expected.  The story of Christmas shows us this so clearly.  God moved suddenly to announce the coming of the Saviour of the world.  But also in such an unexpected way.  A baby?  In a manger? But the shepherds didn’t think, ‘well that’s ridiculous’ (as I am sure I would have done) but instead they believed and went immediately to investigate further.

So if you are sad this Christmas I encourage you to invite God into your circumstances and believe.  Believe that He loves you and that He works in ways we do not understand.  Do not lose hope because God is still in control.  ‘Suddenly’ things may change.  ‘Suddenly’ you may see how God is working in your situation.  ‘Suddenly’ God may speak into your life and everything will change.  The shepherds saw Jesus and I guess their lives were never the same again.

I read a beautiful reflection recently on this very subject of hope written by Amy Church of Tearfund.  In the midst of all the sorrow and sadness there is in the world today, we can still hope in God.  The link is here so you can enjoy this too.

May God bless you this Christmas and don’t lose hope, because around 2000 years ago a baby was born who is the Saviour of the world.  And hope was found where, and when, it was least expected. 

Five star review for ‘How do I know God answers prayer?’

‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Wow!  I am amazed again at the way our awesome God works.  Able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.  I am so pleased to have been given a five star review from Readers Favorite in America.  The link is here if you want to take a look.

And this verse of Scripture is soooo true regarding my books.  But the important thing to remember is that it is ‘according to his power that is at work within us’.  So, as I often say, if God can use me then He can use anyone!

Some of you will remember when I wrote my first book and expected to sell about 10 books to a few friends.  And the amazing way even those first sales took place.  Then I cautiously prayed that maybe I could sell 100 and thought that was really far too big a prayer.  And today we are talking about thousands.  I lost count after hitting the 10,000 mark!  Some of these are free downloads of course (on kindle) when Amazon does a promotion for me, but I was never in it for the money.  I never wanted to make money from telling people about Jesus!!

Nevertheless, the profit I do make all goes to the wonderful work of Tearfund.  A Christian charity which is helping to release people from both spiritual and material poverty all over the world.  In other words, telling people about Jesus and showing them His love by providing what they need for their life on earth – helping them change the way they live so that the change is sustainable.  Check out their website or their facebook page:

Finally, just a note to say that another author interview will be appearing here soon.  Barton Jahn has agreed to be interviewed on my blog.  He is a Christian American Author and has written several books about Christians and the last days.  Very thought provoking and very appropriate for these days.  Watch this space and God bless you.


The bittersweet life of a Christian

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
- Psalm 119:71

“Afflictions, sufferings or persecutions need not be bad. Some are good. They teach us lessons that God wants us to learn. The caterpillar struggles to come out of the cocoon with strengthened wings to enable it to soar into the sky. Without that struggle it will just drop to the ground. God answered Paul’s prayer to have his thorn in the flesh removed—not removing it but providing His grace to bear it. Are you learning precious lessons from God through sufferings? Look up to Him. His grace is sufficient.”  – K. C. Ung

I have many friends and family who are suffering right now.  Suffering with health problems, employment problems, marital problems, emotional problems and other things too.  Being a Christian does not mean a trouble-free life!  Jesus Himself said, ‘in this world you will have trouble.’  But we find that life is bittersweet, the bitterness of the trial is sweetened by the knowledge that God will always use everything for our good – Romans 8:28.  In the problems we are often drawn closer to Jesus.  So although the experience may be bitter, there is the sweetness of knowing Him much better which is the result.

If we drink lemon juice by itself it is too bitter.  If we drink sugar-water by itself it is too sweet.  But combine the two and we have a drink which is perfect to quench our thirst.  We do not look for trouble and problems, of course, because none of us enjoy them.  But, if that is the only way we can be closer to Jesus?  If that is the only way we can learn more about Him?  That puts a different perspective on everything.

John was told to eat the scroll in Revelation 10 and it was sweet in his mouth – but became bitter in his stomach.  There is such sweetness in knowing Jesus, but while we are on earth we are told to take up our cross if we want to follow Him.  So many times we see in the Bible the contrast between the bitter and the sweet.

Smith Wigglesworth wrote, ‘Great faith is a product of great fights.  Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.  Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.’  We all want the sweetness of great faith, great testimonies and great triumphs – but what about the bitterness that goes hand-in-hand with them?

I have such admiration for many of my friends who, although suffering, are still praising God for His goodness and His love.  They would not care to be named and honoured on this blog, but I know for sure they are named and honoured in heaven.


Introducing Kelsey Bryant!

As you know, I’m part of a Blog Train at the moment but I have enjoyed getting to know Kelsey so much via this train that I have decided that I will now, from time to time, interview other Christian authors.  So watch this space!

But today it’s my privilege today to welcome Kelsey Bryant on my blog and to have the opportunity to   have a chat with her about her life as an author.   Kelsey is from Texas and has written a beautiful book called ‘Family Reunion’.  I have read this book so feel very   qualified to comment!  But that’s   enough from me – let’s hear from Kelsey:

Kelsey Bryant

Kelsey, tell us about the   first book you published.

“Fourteen-year-old   Marielle Austin’s grandpa has devised a series of projects for Marielle and   her five cousins to complete—there’s a shed to fix up, a missionary to   interview, and a trail of clues to solve, leading to a treasure. Success will   earn them a prize beyond anything they could imagine!

Marielle, Emma, and Caroline are   completely committed, but what can they do when bad attitudes and work ethics   seem to be all Abby, Kailey, and Reanna can offer?

The week is passing quickly…. will the mysterious prize slip away, and with it any chance of friendship between these very different cousins?”

It’s a simple storyline….. six cousins are at a week-long family reunion, and they come from two quite different backgrounds.  Three of the girls are homeschooled.  Their grandfather has created funt asks for them to accomplish together, but their success depends on overcoming differences.  I recommend this book especially for ages 11-16.  Homeschoolers in particular may want to check it out!

And I would certainly agree that this would be an excellent resource for homeschoolers.  I love the way the book puts across key Christian values and messages without sounding ‘preachy’.

I would also be interested to know how you move through ‘writer’s block’? What keeps you writing?

When the writer’s block simply involves something like a difficult story knot, I sit and think, or talk it through with someone (usually my mom) and think, or go through my day (driving, working) and think. I firmly believe that a great deal of writing happens in your mind. (Confession: sometimes that’s all the writing I get done in a day; it’s essential to keeping the story alive!) Other people who understand my writing are a source of inspiration, and so is a blank document where I type out all my conflicting thoughts.

When the writer’s block is the malignant type that threatens to choke out all desire to ever write again, what always enables me to keep going is the knowledge that God has given me this gift, so I have to use it. I have faith that God wouldn’t have given me an ability like this if He didn’t mean for me to use it. Everything the Lord gives us, we are to render unto Him.

And, prayer always helps.

I couldn’t agree more about prayer!  And again I love the way your book often brings this into the daily lives of those about whom you write.

So, which author, either living or dead, would you most like to meet? What one question would you ask them?

Jane Austen! I would actually want to talk with her for a whole day, but since I’m limited to one question, I would ask her, “How did you create characters that are so realistic?”

Actually Kelsey, I think your characters are extremely realistic too!  Perhaps you have learned this from Jane Austen without realizing it!

Now I also want to ask you some more questions about you, as an author.  What is your biggest strength as a writer? How do you utilize that to your advantage? What is your biggest weakness or fear as a writer? How do you overcome this? Sorry, for so many questions at once!

That’s fine Margaret.  I love talking about my work.  I would say my descriptiveness is a strength. As long as I know or can discover enough about a scene or a sensation, I see a complete picture in my mind and paint it with words. (People say they enjoy my descriptions of food—it makes them hungry!) This is such a blessing to be able to do because it goes a long way in drawing readers into a story; I also hope that it infuses them with joy.

My stories, so far, aren’t the exciting type that are popular today. I’m a contemplative person, so I tend to focus on characters and relationships rather than action and sensation. My fear is that people will think my stories drag. But I overcome this by realizing that there are readers who appreciate a thoughtful and inspirational storyline—and not everyone has to like my books. I don’t write for the people who don’t like my kind of thing; I write for those who do.

Well, Kelsey – I certainly enjoy the way you write – although I’m not exactly in the 11-16 age range!  I think there is a great need today for books like yours, especially for the younger generation.

Now one final question and then we must stop – although I could talk to you all day! What book project/s are you working on right now?

I’m working on the sequel to Family Reunion, which follows the six cousins as they visit England. Lord willing, I will publish that in November. I’ve also begun book three of the same series, which is about the girls grown up. And I’m about 54,000 words into an unrelated young adult novel, also about a young woman: Amy Brown is waiting for the day when the Six Cousins series is complete and she can receive my full attention.

Margaret, thank you so much for hosting me!

Thank you Kelsey for agreeing to be interviewed on my blog!  I hope you will stop by again when you publish your next book.  God bless you

Here’s the link to Family Reunion and also to Kelsey’s author page on Amazon:

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If you want to follow Kelsey or contact her directly you can use one of the following links:







I’ve joined a blog train!

I have recently joined an author blog train!  “What’s an author blog train?” I hear you ask, which is exactly the same question I asked a couple of weeks ago.  Well, I think it must be an American idea – and a very good one – as I had never heard of it before in this country.  In this case a number of authors have got on a ‘train’ together.  This train then stops at various stations in the coming weeks which represent different blogs/websites and different authors are interviewed.  So far we have had Elizabeth K station, followed by David Bergsland.  And today it’s Jansina!  All these stops represent some great interviews with some excellent authors in the USA so why not ‘stop’ by and explore.  They are all Christian writers.  Some write fiction, some non-fiction.

You can check out the following links which show the interviews with the authors.  From this you will get an idea of the sort of books they write and, if you are interested, you can see the links to buy their books or follow their blogs etc.

Have fun exploring these ‘stations’ and hopefully you will find some great authors you hadn’t heard about before.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless you.

First stop – Elizabeth K

David Bergsland


The Beginning of the End?

“When you hear of wars and revolutions do not be frightened.  These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.  Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.’”  Luke 21:9-11

We are living in strange times – wars and rumours of wars, and much more besides.  What do we make of it all?  Well, for those who believe the Bible, it is a time of renewed hope, watchfulness and joy.  The Lord Jesus is coming soon.  The Bridegroom will return for His Bride.  The Church should wake up and get ready.

For those who don’t believe the Bible it is time of great perplexity and anxiety, if they allow themselves to think about it.  Many try to simply ‘switch off’ and not think about the events that are happening at this time.  I don’t profess to understand the prophecies in books such as Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation but I can see some of what is prophesied coming to pass.  I also recommend recent talks by Amir Tsarfati which explain much of what is going on – here’s the link to a recent talk at Grace Chapel.  If you click on this link you will find his talk under the title ‘The Beginning of the End’.

We live in a time of great urgency.  God is still patient and waits for many more people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, but He will not always wait.  One day Jesus will return and God will deal with evil completely and forever.  The question for each of us is where will I stand on that day?  Will I be for Him or against Him?  The answer to that question will determine my eternal destiny.

‘He who is coming will come and will not delay’ Hebrews 10:37

‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved’ Acts 16:31

‘Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts’ Hebrews 4:7


Be still, and know that I am God

‘Be still, and know that I am God.’  Psalm 46:10

Today I want to just ‘be still’ and know this awesome God.

I am amazed once again by the wonder and the awesomeness (not sure that’s a word!) of God.  I am so amazed that I can’t even find the words to express how I feel.  But then I know we can’t really describe God.  But we can know Him, through the Lord Jesus Christ.  And He is a God who is always good, and One who so often surprises me by being so interested in the smallest details of my life.

Yesterday we had a very powerful message from Wim Mauritz in Gillingham.  He reminded us that we should ‘shout aloud’ the good news we have.  The good news from a good God, who loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die on a cross for each one of us.  Wim reminded us that we have so much to ‘shout about’.  And today I want to do just that.  I want to shout about the goodness and the wonder of God.  A God who is soooooo great, but who is also interested in every detail of our lives.

As I’m writing this on the ‘howdoiknow’ website, I want to ‘shout about’ a personal example in connection with the books I have written.  If you had told me five years ago that I would write books which would be read in places like India, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada, America and all over Europe, I would simply have laughed.  Laughed at the thought of being an author, and laughed even more at the thought anyone would want to read my books!

But today, I believe this God of surprises has made this happen.  The boy with the small loaves and fishes comes again to mind.  If we give what we have to Jesus, however small we think that is, then He can work the miracle.  He can, and does, do far more than we can ever think or imagine.  Ephesians 3:20

So today, I want to point again to this wonderful God.  The One with whom each of us can have a personal relationship, if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

I also want to say a big thanks to everyone who follows this blog, comments on it from time to time and sends me emails.  Your thoughts and comments encourage me and teach me.  Thank you.

Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention – the next book in the BSBP series (a short, simple Bible study for the Gospel of John) has been published.  The Gospel of John is a wonderful, wonderful book about a wonderful, wonderful God.

The link for this latest Bible Study and one for my Author page on Amazon are as follows: - Gospel of John BSBP - Margaret Weston Author page