Welcome to Writing for Christ Joanne Bischof, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?
Oooh…great question. I’ve always been a complete introvert. Then I married an extrovert and somehow had 3 very outgoing kids. I used to panic when my toddler son would strike up conversations with people in the grocery store. But now, I’ve learned to come out of my shell and absolutely love connecting with people. Writing always worked for me because I was so shy, but in turn, it’s been the tool to unlocking that shyness. Just last week I did my first radio interview and to my pleasant surprise, I had a ton of fun! I love how God stretches us beyond what we think we are capable of.
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
Most definitely, my favorite genre to write is Historical Romance. I never considered myself a “romance” writer until that was how my publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah, defined me. Then the light bulb sort of went on and I embraced the romantic side of storytelling. Of course, now, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Surprisingly, I don’t really have a favorite genre. I read mostly Christian fiction and while I love Historical Romance, I’m pretty much drawn to any really good book. I love to have a diversity in my to-be-read pile and when I look back at some of the books that moved me deeply, it’s a kaleidoscope of genres.
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
Probably the best nugget that changed my writing was to stay organized. I’m quite scatterbrained and I used to have things all over the place. When I had the pleasure of sitting through one of Sarah Sundin’s workshops at Mt. Hermon on researching for historical fiction, I really buckled down and made it a greater priority. I’ve always kept a binder, which I call a book kit, but now I keep it much more organized and detailed. I did a video on it here and whether it’s one book, a series, or even just an idea, I always start a book kit and since I don’t have an office, it’s a great grab-and-go binder, no matter where I’m writing.
5 things you love?
A cup of tea and a good book on a cold day (Did I just sneak in 3?) ;)
What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?
A book quickly comes to mind, Autumn Changes by Beverly Nault. It’s a great seasonal read that explores a handful of friendships in the charming town of Cherryvale. The storyline centers around both adults and teens with themes of change, kindness and working together. It’s a wonderful new addition to the cozy fiction genre.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
I blog once a week at www.joannebischof.com and love to chit chat with readers on Facebook where we do lots of fun giveaways, and in fact, there is one going on right now! I also have a newsletter, The Heartfelt Post, which I send out each spring or autumn.
Thank you for being with us today!
Thank you for having me, Casey!
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