Thank you for joining me for this very special Author Spotlight!
Angela’s debut novel, Where Hope Starts, was a finalist in the 2013 Grace awards. Her short story, More to the Story, was a genre winner for the 2014 Family Fiction short story contest. She is also a contributor to the devotional collection The Benefit Package. You can catch Angela on social media encouraging women in their faith journey and watch her video devotionals on her YouTube channel. Angela is active in her local Christian writers group, serving on their advisory board.
Now let’s hear from Angela…
I don’t want to land on one part of my story and be just about that. We are all more than the moments. That being said, you will hear bits and pieces, stories of the hurts along the way. Not for the sake of complaining, only for the purpose of understanding, learning, and growing together.
My journey has taken me through the ups and downs in marriage, parenting, homeschooling, teaching, writing, marketing, being a child of God.
Loneliness a familiar companion. Since as long as I can remember I struggled to connect with others. Emotional to a fault and feeling like it was all my fault and I was somehow defective.
Raised in a legalistic household, I felt like I had to be perfect to be enough.
Learning to trust God through 2 miscarriages, messy family relationships and a marriage betrayed by the choices of my husband
I still struggle with how to meet life’s demands. I question whether choices about parenting, homeschooling, writing and marketing which consume so much of life have been the right ones.
Through it all, God has stayed by my side. He continues to pull out the dross inside of me as I learn to live better with the world around me. I can smell the fragrance of grace and hope. A new beginning through the pain and struggles.
My prayer is that together we can learn that when we hold onto Him, there is an end that is not an end. It is hope.
On the Lighter Side
I currently live in Nebraska with my husband of 23 years. We homeschool my daughter and recently graduated my son. I have taught childrens’ Bible classes for over 35 years. I am active in Wordsowers, the local Christian writers group, serving on their advisory board.
I love God, my family, the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday I want to ride in a hot air balloon and vacation by the sea.
Our pets round out our family. Lucy is my daughter’s orange tabby. She has green eyes and will jump up in our lap in the blink of an eye. And if we are eating cheesy popcorn we have to guard it tightly.
Ranger is my son’s good natured dog. Breed? Let’s see… part golden retriever and German Shepherd — we were told when we took him in. We think he might have some Newfoundland as well.
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And here is my interview with Angela:
Have you always wanted to write?
I’ve always made up stories in my head, although I never had a big dream of being a published author. My writing began as simple journal writing – poems mostly. Then came the inspirational essays. Somewhere in here the idea began to grow that maybe I could be published. Next I dabbled in writing children’s stories and the biggest surprise of all was the novel. I never thought I could maintain a story for that many words!
Do you use an outline for your stories?
I use a loose outline-bullet points of what I want to happen along the way. To make sure the story is fully fleshed out. But my characters have a way of adding to that. I never really know exactly how it will unfold.
How does it feel being a published author? Have you encountered any surprises along the way to being published?
It’s kind of unreal, but I’m starting to get used to it. The biggest surprise is how much time the marketing takes. And exactly what it means to market and build a platform.
Do you have a folder or a file where you keep future ideas for stories or do you just come up with ideas after a suggestion from your editor, agent, or friends?
Ideas come to me at the most random times. At the very least I try and jot them down and stick in a file. Some ideas really stick with me and I’ll take the time to flesh it out a bit more and save it on the computer. Other times, I’ll need a short story for something and I’ll take a couple of hours to stir up ideas-browse through my files, ask myself what if questions or just stare off into space and let my mind wander.
How do you find time for everything… writing, family, church, friends, etc.
I don’t. It’s impossible to always get everything done and spend time with everyone I want to spend time with. When I choose one thing, I usually have to say no to someone or something else. It’s a constant learning process to know what to let go of. It’s a good thing to learn.
I believe here in America especially, we get this idea in our head that it’s possible to have it all. Then we get stressed out trying to make that impossibility happen. Life is more easily enjoyed when a few things are let go of. It’s like de-cluttering your soul to make room for the really important stuff.
Have you attended any writer retreats, conferences and the like? Do you think they are necessary for your writing?
I have been to a few conferences and enjoyed them all. Beyond the learning, one of the most important benefits from attending a conference is connecting with other authors as well as agents and editors. I think every writer should go at some point. If the larger conferences are not a possibility, find something closer to home, smaller and less expensive. Maybe a one day workshop would be an alternative.
How often do you travel? Where do you go? Who do you travel with? What is your favorite vacation spot?
I don’t get to travel a lot. A part of me would enjoy doing so more, another part of me likes just being home. When I do travel, it is usually with family. Some of the vacation spots I’ve visited over the years include California, Pennsylvania, New England, South Dakota, and Colorado.
What are you working on now? Is there another genre you are interested in writing?
Book 2 in the Applewood Hill series,Where Healing Starts, is under contract and due out in 2016. After I finish my edits for that, I plan to get the 3rd book, Where Joy Starts, written before I start on my next series. I have a couple of ideas for that, and haven’t decided which one I will do.
As far as a different genre goes, I have a couple of files started for stories that are a different genre, a spy novel and a speculative fiction. I think I would like to try a mystery someday, too.
Thank You Angela and God bless you!
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© Donna J. Mynatt 2015