Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Author Misty Beller - Historicals Portray a Simpler Life

Misty Beller writes Christian historical romance, and is the author of The Lady and the Mountain Man. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
You can find Misty on her website, blog, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Misty is giving away a copy of her new novel, The Lady and the Mountain Man. The winner has a choice of paperback or e-book. To enter the drawing, leave a comment answering this question:

What's your favorite historical time period to read? (e.g. Biblical Fiction, Civil War, WWI, etc.)
Hi, Misty. Welcome to PASTimes. Tell us a little about what you write.

I tend to be a bit of a sentimentalist, so Historical Romance is perfect for me! I love the simpler life, where there's no rat race. Just hard work, plenty of alone time (can you tell I'm an introvert?), and a strong family unit. My stories usual center around horses and ranching, which comes from my love for the animals. I was completely horse crazy growing up, and actually trained and showed horses professionally for a couple years after high school.

Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?

Alas, I'm not one of the lucky full-timers yet… (dramatic sigh)  Kidding aside, I do enjoy my day job, but between that and my family, writing time is precious! I try to devote an hour to writing at night after my daughters go to bed, and at least two hours per day on Saturday and Sunday. I've found that I have to be flexible, though. Some nights I'm just too brain-dead to write coherent sentences, and some days I can sneak in an extra hour. The rule I try hard to stick to is getting my word count in for each week.

What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?

So far, my writing has stayed between 1860 and 1875. I really do love that time period for several reasons. First, it was the time when ranching was really taking off—the beginning of the heyday for cowboys. And there were still a lot of sparsely populated places out West, which make perfect locations for the remote settings in my books! 
I have many dear family members in California, so growing up, my grandparents took us on numerous road trips across the country (from South Carolina to Southern California) Each time, we would try to take a different route, and my favorite part was always when we reached those first few western states. Texas, Wyoming, Montana—I adore these wide-open spaces and amazing views God provides. They capture my heart anew every time. I love the way animals and ranching are critical to the people in those states, and history is treasured! So far, all three of the series I'm working on are set in one of these areas!

Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.

Gideon is the handsome, quiet cowboy hero. He reminds me so much of my older brother, David! Leah is kind and poised, but has a pretty strong stubborn streak when she's made up her mind.

What are you working on now?

I'm so excited about it! I'm writing a sequel to my book under contract with Prism Book Group.
This one is about a young Mexican woman named Alejandra. After losing both her papa and her fiancé in the bloody Las Cuevas War of 1875, Alejandra is left with her beloved almost-mother-in-law and the real threat of starvation in their small Mexican village. But when they escape across the border to her mother-in-law's Texas birthplace where food is plentiful, can she learn to embrace the country who killed her husband, and open herself up to the opportunity of a new love?
This is still very much a work in progress, so that storyline may change some. But I love it!
A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?
Hmm… If I let myself, I would probably edit each manuscript until it's just two words shy of a short story. J But at some point, I have to make myself stop, and send that manuscript to the next step in the publishing process. By then, I've usually been brainstorming my next story so I'm getting excited about it.
Join Misty tomorrow as she talks more about her new novel, The Lady and the Mountain Man. To win a copy, don't forget to answer this question in the comments:  What's your favorite historical time period to read? (e.g. Biblical Fiction, Civil War, WWI, etc.)


traveler said...

My favorite historical period is World War 2 era. When men were men, when life was meaningful and when there were people with values, principles and integrity. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy C said...

I love all types of historical time periods. At the moment, Revoluntionary War time period is my favorite.
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petite said...

An era which has always interested me is the 1920's and the 1930's. Thanks for this captivating post. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Christina Spicuzza said...

My favorite is the Victorian era! I loe the way they dressed and would love to be able to go back in time for a week!!!
Thanks for the chance to win!!! I'm part of a women's book club and would love to help Misty get her name out by adding a copy or two to our "traveling" book group!!!
My email address is cspicuzza83@gmail.com

Britney Adams said...

I love historical fiction! My favorite time periods are the Civil War era and WWII.

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