Thank you for joining me for this exciting Author Spotlight!
First – a few details about Beth:
Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner.
In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published thirteen novels and thirteen novellas to date.
As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.
Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary—Need You Now—released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary—The House that Love Built—which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014.
Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth’s characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob’s Ladder. Book #1—Her Brother’s Keeper—recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.
Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bethwiseman.
Now for my interview with Beth:
1) What is the very first book you’ve written and has it been published?
In the early days, there were many books…and many rejections. Then I would pause, raise my children, and put writing on hold for a while. Many of those old manuscripts are lost forever, but I do remember the first short story I wrote. It wasn’t very long, and I was still a kid. It was titled The Weirdest Day of My Life. LOL…I’m sure it’s in a box in the attic somewhere.
2) Although it’s probably a silly question, because you are a natural… Do you enjoy writing Amish fiction? Is Amish fiction your choice of genre?
I enjoy writing relationship driven, faith based stories that I hope inspire readers to grow closer to God. For me, the genre is secondary. I really have the best of both worlds since I am able to alternate between writing Amish fiction and women’s contemporary.
As for my reading preferences, I read lots of genres. Right now, I’m enjoying books like The Nightingale and What She Left Behind, intense dramas that tug at your heart. I’m sure I’ll shift to a lighter genre soon. Basically, my reading habits are all over the place, lol.
3) We’ve been reading about the ACFW conference… how many other conferences and workshops do you attend annually — or participate at? How is this helpful to you?
I only attend the ACFW Conference. It’s a more intimate atmosphere than other conferences, with like-minded Christian attendees. It was refreshing to see so many classes offered this year that addressed the changes within the industry. I try to teach at least one workshop yearly, and I judge a writing contest for our local college.
4) When did you first discover that you loved writing?
Oh my. I think I was born with the writing bug. From the time I can remember, if someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d always say, “A writer.” 🙂
5) What was your greatest obstacle — and how did you overcome it?
That would be a toss up between self-confidence and self-discipline. No matter how many books I write, I always worry if it’s good enough. I think that with each book, the bar gets higher, and I don’t want to ever disappoint my readers.
And self-discipline is mandatory when you are writing under contract with deadlines. Actually, I’m not sure I’ve completely overcome either of these challenges, but I’m better at managing my time. And I remind myself that I’ve completed twenty-eight stories for publication, so I must be doing something right.
6) What’s the funniest/quirkest thing you’ve ever done?
Well…does going on a scavenger hunt and wrapping houses the night after my first book signing count? Yep. Five grown women having a slumber party and doing what’s expected at such an event.
7) What are you working on now? Can you share?
In July, I released Her Brother’s Keeper, book #1 in a new series—Amish Secrets. I just finished book #2—Love Bears All Things. And now I’m starting on an Amish novella. I also released my first Indie project—A Tide Worth Turning, which is available now.
Thank You Beth. . . and God bless you!
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Interview © 2015 DJ Mynatt