Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Day 2 Interview with Carla Stewart - The Life of a Writer


Carla Stewart is the author of six novels that reflect her passion for times gone. Exploring eras from the Roaring Twenties to the tumultuous Sixties, Carla’s novels have been nominated for the Oklahoma Book Award five times. She’s been an OWFI trophy winner, received the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and been a finalist for the INSPY and Selah Awards. Carla and her husband live in Oklahoma. Learn more about Carla at www.carlastewart.com.
 
Carla is giving away a copy of her new novel, A Flying Affair. To enter the drawing, click the link at the end of this interview and follow the instructions.

Welcome back, Carla. Could you describe your workspace?

I’m fortunate to have an office of my own in a spare bedroom. I actually have two desks – a large roomy one that I can spread files and research materials on as I’m writing in my red leather office chair. A smaller desk is one where I write thank-you notes and keep non-writing items. I alternate between using the laptop at the desk or in a comfy recliner with my pup, Zelda, at my side. I work on the patio when the weather is nice.

Describe your dream workspace.

Hmmm. I’ve never thought about that. I do like solitude when I’m writing so I would say having the house to myself with no phone or laundry or UPS deliveries would be my dream. Of course, living in a cottage in the English countryside and writing from my flower garden would be nice, too.




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

Miss Jane Marple from Agatha Christie fame. She’s spunky and fun and British, and I love a good mystery. I went as Miss Marple to a costume event in January and even though I’m not a fan of the “elderly” image, I had a lot of fun.

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

That our jobs are easy. I get a lot of glazed eyes when people ask about the process. Most have no idea about the time element involved in mastering craft, weaving stories together, finding an agent, waiting for “the call” from a publisher, and then finding the balance for promotion, deadlines, editing, writing new proposals, and trying to decide what to cook for dinner. I am always quick to point out that I have the best job in the world and love what I’m doing.

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

That you have it made once your book is published. See above answer. Add to that fretting over reviews, Amazon numbers, the freakishly scary sophomore novel, and mastering social media. I must admit, I had no idea I would have to become so savvy about the technical side of writing – websites, blogs, search engines, tweeting, graphics, rafflecopter, you name it!

What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

My books are meant to be take-me-away reads so first off, an escape from the reader’s mundane everyday life. I want them to be emotionally involved in my characters’ lives, and my desire is that when the last page is turned, a feeling of hope lingers. Because I write vintage fiction, I also strive to give readers the satisfaction of learning something new about an era, a way of life, or about themselves.

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

I’m so grateful to you for having me. There’s always a moment of trepidation when I release a new book into the wide world. This one has been fun, and I hope you all enjoy Mittie’s adventure. God bless.

Carla is giving away a copy of her new novel, A Flying Affair. To enter the drawing for a chance to win, click the contest link below and follow the instructions.

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5 comments:

candidkerry said...

I love Carla's stories, and appreciate her honesty about the writer's life.

My grandest dream is to be a published author. I recently semi-finaled in ACFW's Genesis with my second book (YA category), and am looking forward to where God leads with that. Patience, perseverance, and writing, writing, and more writing is the mantra for the road to publication.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

~Kerry

candidkerry(at)gmail(dot)com

Bonnie Roof said...

Beautiful cover on "A Flying Affair", love the story line and would love to read the book. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! I enjoyed learning more about Carla and her writing.

At my age, there are no huge dreams to aspire to - however, I find joy in life's many daily blessings and in knowing I'm doing what God asked me to do: encouraging Christian fiction authors and reaching out to others.

bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

carla stewart said...

Congrats, Kerry! I hope I didn't discourage you. Writing is an amazing calling, but not for the faint of heart. I think it's a good thing I didn't know the challenges when I began. Good luck in the Genesis! That was one of the contests that helped me gain credibility as a writer. I'll be pulling for you.

Bonnie - thank you for the compliment. My publisher does lovely covers. You sound like a woman of integrity with the gift of encouragement. You've encouraged me today. Thank you.

Myra Johnson said...

Congratulations on another wonderful book, Carla! And thanks again for allowing me an advance peek!

I still love that photo of your cozy office and comfy chairs. If you ever get the bug to redecorate another office, you're welcome to have a go at mine! ;-D

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