Beth Wiseman wrote for many years before turning to Amish novels to express the creative side she wanted to unleash. Even before becoming a bestselling author of Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit and Plain Promise, she won 11 journalism awards and was first place in the Texas Press Association. Beth enjoys writing about the Amish and painting them in a new light, portraying them as normal people who simply have a different belief system. I am honored to share an interview I had with Beth recently and she has graciously agreed to give away a copy of her latest release (out this month), Plain Paradise.
Beth, thank you for taking the time to visit us today! I appreciate you answering these few questions, letting us get to know you better.
Thanks so much for having me, Casey.
1: How long did you write before you were published?
On and off for many years – at least 20. To say any more would give away my age…lol.
2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?
After I cried, my first thought was that things happen in God’s timeframe.
3: What are you working on now?
Book #5 in the Daughters of the Promise series, Plain Proposal.
4: Where can readers find out more about your books?
http://www.bethwiseman.com/ , or my blog at http://blog.bethwiseman.net/ , or http://www.amishliving.com/ . I also co-author a blog at www.amishhearts.com with fellow authors Amy Clipston, Kathy Fuller, and Barbara Cameron.
5: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?
A personal relationship with God is the only way to achieve the peacefulness I write about in my books. If one person finds their way to God after reading one of my books, then I have done my job for Him.
6: What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person? Hmm… As a writer, I’ve never outlined a book, don’t use a critique group, and never know how the book is going to end. As a person, I love to jump on the back of our Harley with my husband and travel the winding back roads of God’s Country where we live – the wind in my face, but always with a helmet on! Some of my best stories have come to me while on the back of that bike.
Thank you for being with us today. Any final words for readers?
To the unpublished readers striving for publication – I read all the publishing success stories for many years. You do get to a point when you think it will never happen to you. But keep the faith! As my agent would say, “Miracles happen to those who believe.” To the published writers, thanks for welcoming me into this wonderful world. I’m incredibly blessed. And most of all, thanks to my readers for allowing me to share the voices in my head with you, stories I believe are inspired by God.
Great interview Beth, I am thrilled to have "met" you and ache for my copy of Plain Paradise to get to me! :-)
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