Monday, January 11, 2016

Glimpses of Light

By Jeanette O'Hagan and Nola Passmore

Be challenged, captivated and moved by these imaginative reflections on faith, help in time of need, joy in the midst of tragedy, and surprising encounters with God.

During 2015, the International Year of Light, twenty-one authors from Australia and the United States have come together to explore the theme of 'glimpses of light'—finding light in dark places—through short stories, poems, flash fiction and creative non-fiction.

Glimpses of Light includes contributions from respected and award-winning authors and poets Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Paula Vince, Lynne Stringer, Adele Jones, Jo Wanmer, Jeanette Grant-Thomson and Ellen Carr, as well as exciting new talent.

Profits from this anthology go to CBM Australia, giving sight to the blind.


In 2014, I spoke to my fellow co-editor, Nola Passmore, about the concept of producing an anthology to celebrate the Year of Light with profits going a charity like CBM (formerly Christian Blind Mission) in conjunction with Christian Writers Downunder. At the beginning of 2015 we invited contributions for the Glimpses of Light anthology.

Nola and I were pleased with the creativity and quality of the entries we received and delighted that our contributors were prepared to work with us in two rounds of editing plus proofing. We greatly appreciated our support team, including our back-up judges, editors and proof-readers – Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Lynne Stringer, Christina Aitken and Paula Vince. We’d also like to thank Australian romantic suspense author, Helene Young, for allowing us to use her gorgeous photo for the cover.

The anthology includes short stories, poems, flash fiction and creative non-fiction on the theme of glimpses of light (light in dark places), written from a Christian worldview and values, some with a more overtly Christian content than others. There are a number of speculative fiction entries, dramatic suspense, family drama, poetry and creative non-fiction.

We believe this is a delightful and inspirational anthology that is both encouraging to Christians and suitable to give to non-Christian friends.

We are currently running a blog tour - with a chance to win prizes from Jo-Anne Berthelsen’s (until 12th), mine (until 14th) and (from Monday) Adam Collings blog. The tour will continue with another six stops until the start of February.

Glimpses of Light is available for purchase in print and ebook format from Amazon.

JEANETTE O'HAGAN enjoys writing fiction, poetry, blogging and editing. She is writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. Her short stories and poems are published in Tied in Pink romance anthology, Another Time Another Place, Poetica Christi’s Inner Child, Let the Sea Roar, Like a Girl.

Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and, more recently, a Master’s in writing. She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends, pondering the meaning of life and communicating God’s great love. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.

NOLA PASSMORE'S poetry, devotions, inspirational articles, and short fiction have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Although she’s a former academic with qualifications in creative writing, psychology, and Christian ministry; she’s found that you can never underestimate the power of friends and mentors in the writing journey.

With ringleader roles in Quirky Quills and the Toowoomba chapter of Omega Writers, she’ll be nagging (oops, encouraging) other writers for some time. She and her husband Tim have a freelance writing and editing business called The Write Flourish.


  1. Great to see you both on ICFW, Jenny & Nola. And well done, again, on Glimpses of Light. Fabulous achievement. It's sitting on my Kindle and hope to get to it soon.

    Wishing you both all the very best for 2016.

    1. Thanks Ian. It was made easier by the wonderful contributions of our fellow authors.

    2. Thanks Ian. Good to hear that Glimpses of Light is on your kindle. Enjoy. How's the sequel for Angelguard going? All the best for 2016.

    3. Hi Jeanette and Nola, I agree with what Ian has said and congratulate you all on putting together a wonderful anthology collection. Well done and thanks for visiting with us today :)

  2. Great job Jenny and Nola. Thanks for putting in all the hard work it involved. May it be touch and inspire lives all the world over and may there be plenty of funds brought in through it to help the work of CBM Australia. Fantastic achievement guys!

  3. It was a pleasure to contribute a piece to this great anthology. I enjoyed reading all the others too.

  4. I feel humbled that my contribution was accepted and honoured to be part of such a great Anthology. Thank you Jeanette and Nola for all your hard work and allowing me this opportunity.

  5. Thanks everyone. It was a pleasure to be involved.

  6. Sounds like a great project. Well done everyone!