Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Author Misty Beller Talks about Misconceptions about Writers and Her Dream Office


 
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.)

Welcome back, Misty. Describe your workspace.

I tend to be a nomadic writer. My trusty laptop and I have written in a few coffee shops, on the beach, and around a campfire in the mountains. But most of my writing spots aren't nearly as romantic. I'm usually sitting Indian-style with my laptop on either my bed or the living room couch. One of the most important things for me is NO DISTRACTIONS. It's almost impossible for me to write with my husband or daughters around. Just too hard to get lost in the words.

Describe your dream workspace.

I would LOVE to have a cozy sitting room or library, with a comfortable overstuffed chair. With my laptop perched across my legs, and a cup of warm coffee on the side table, I would alternate between writing and looking out the window at a majestic mountain view. J Sounds perfect, right?

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be

That's a tough one. As authors, our goal is to make things pretty rough for our characters. I'm not sure I want to go through the things some of my favorite characters have had to go through! Carina Maria DeGratia lived such an exciting life in Kristen Heitzmann's series The Diamond of the Rockies. And I love how her Italian roots and family were so important to her. Or maybe I'd like to be Mariah Aubrey from Julie Klassen's The Girl in the Gatehouse. How exciting to be a secret female author in Regency England!

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

There are a couple major misconceptions, I think. The biggest is probably the perception that authors get to sit at their typewriter or notebook all day and write as our muse dictates. If only! There are so many other things required for successful authors, from blogging, to marketing, to months of editing. If I get to spend half of my "writing time" actually writing new words, I consider myself blessed!
 
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
 
That once you are published the first time, you're automatically "in" with all the rest of your books. That may be true with some authors and some publishing houses, but for many people that's not the case. So many factors play into whether that next book will be accepted for publication and by which publisher. How well did the last book sell? What's the genre and word count of the manuscript you're pitching? So much to consider!
 
What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

I once heard James Rubart say that every pastor only has one sermon, and the same is true with writers. In other words, there's one big-picture theme that pours from each of our hearts and into our writing. For me, it's the message that trusting God's plan for our lives brings us to a better place than we could ever imagine. Each of my heroes or heroines may have different hang-ups that keep them from allowing God to take the reins, but I want my readers to get a glimpse of the amazing outcome when we finally release our lives into God's capable hands.
 
Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?
 
I'd love to leave you with one of my favorite scriptures, Ephesians 3:16-21 (NKJV):

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—
To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
 
Thanks for the interview, Misty. Remember to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a copy of The Lady and the Mountain Man. To enter, answer this question:
 
What's your favorite historical time period to read? (e.g. Biblical Fiction, Civil War, WWI, etc.)

8 comments:

Christina Spicuzza said...

My favorite historic time to read about is the Victorian era. I would love to be able to live then for a week.
Thank you for a great interview and te chance to win!!!
My email is cspicuzza83@gmail.com

Patty said...

Thanks for the intro to Misty and her writing... as far as the question I love historical fiction, usually set in America and usually late in the 19th century. So Misty's books sound right up my alley...

pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Terri Wangard said...

I like the WWII era, but lately I've been looking for more WWI.
tlw131 [at] gmail [dot] com

Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing Misty's lovely interview and the chance to win The Lady and the Mountain Man!

My favorite historical time periods to read are the Civil War era and WWII.

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

traveler said...

My favorite is Word War 11. Meaningful, profound and fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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