Welcome back to Writing for Christ Elizabeth Goddard, I am excited to have you here for a second time. :)
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
Well, thankfully things haven’t slowed down in the least—I’m writing more books and faster than ever. In the fall of 2012 I contracted for three books with Heartsong Presents now under Harlequin, and two more books with Love Inspired Suspense (also a Harlequin imprint)—the sequels to TREACHEROUS SKIES—to release in 2013. So I’m busier than ever doing what I love. Life doesn’t get better than that. On a more personal note, since I was last here on the blog, I moved from my home-state of Texas to central Louisiana. Believe me, the people and the landscape inspire many stories.
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
Mother of Pearl by Kellie Gilbert is a gripping story. Definitely a must-read by a new and rising star in the Christian publishing world.
Do you have favorite authors?
We’re so fortunate to have such a large selection of Christian fiction that I sometimes struggle to decide on favorites. I’ve already mentioned Kellie Gilbert, and I look forward to reading more of her work. Lisa Harris is a stellar writer and I can’t wait to read her newest romantic suspense series releasing with Revell in 2013. Lynn Gentry’s is also an amazing writer with Tyndale. Some other favorites are Tamera Alexander and Tracy Higley—I read every book they write.
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing?
The most enjoyable part of writing for me is the excitement that comes when a new story idea begins to click—I’m talking inside my head before the actual plotting or writing. We writers have to let the idea simmer for a while. The hard part is getting what’s in your head on paper and it doesn’t always work out like you want.
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings? :)
I’m not one of those people who can go to Starbucks or an internet café and write. Maybe if I tried it a few times I would get comfortable with that environment but I’m too conscious of what is going on around me. The perfect environment for me—the place where I can become completely immersed in the story—is a quiet office with no distractions. I can write fast that way, and I’m more aware of the nuances of the story. In our new home in Louisiana, I have my own office where I can go when I need to focus and accomplish a lot. But before we moved, I was stuck in the middle of the chaos. I’ve discovered as I get older that it’s much harder to write with my kids frolicking around me.
Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?
Ha! That one’s easy enough. The answer is at the beginning of my career. When Tracy Peterson requested my full manuscript for Seasons of Love, I hadn’t written a single word. I’d only submitted a short synopsis. I didn’t want the opportunity to pass me by so I got busy and wrote the book in a month. I hit 13K on my best day. But those writing days are behind me—the best day I’ve had in recent years is 8k and that was a few weeks ago. Normally I’m doing well to write a thousand words or maybe two in a day.
Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.
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