Welcome back to Writing for Christ Katie Ganshert, I am excited to have you here for a second time. :- )
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
Instead of preparing to launch my debut novel, I’m getting ready to launch my second novel, Wishing on Willows. It’s a totally different experience this second time around. Strangely, it’s a lot more nerve-wracking!
I’ve also completed another novel and have a couple others in the works. J
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
Oh Casey, you know my answer, don’t you? My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade. I read it a couple months ago and just could not put it down. I laughed and cried and became a Becky Wade fan for life!
Another really great one is Beth Vogt’s newest, Catch a Falling Star. It releases this May, and let me tell you, it is fantastic! Exceptionally romantic and well-written.
Do you have favorite authors?
It’s hard to have a favorite when there are so many phenomenal authors out there! I always love Susan Meissner’s books. I’m officially a Becky Wade fan. I love Gina Holmes and Meg Moseley. Man, there are so many!
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?
The most enjoyable part about writing is definitely that moment when an idea strikes and it’s so compelling that all I can do is sit at my computer while the words pour out of my fingers. That is what I call the writer’s high.
The most enjoyable part about connecting with readers….? Man, that’s tough. Because all of it is awesome. I feel like God’s timing is perfect, because just when I’m feeling discouraged, I’ll receive a perfectly timed encouraging email or message from a reader. I absolutely love hearing that my story touched them in some way or drew their heart closer to Jesus. That is the best. It’s very very humbling, in the best sense of the term.
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings? :- )
Early morning, when my house is asleep. After a brisk morning walk and an intimate time spent soaking in God’s presence. With a hot coffee and the beautiful sound of silence. That is my ideal and sometimes, I actually get it!
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?
Oh, that’s a fun question! I find that as I reach the end of a novel, the words just sort of pour out. I’m past that muddy, plodding, torturous middle and the story starts to write itself. I believe one day, as I was finishing up a story I’ve tentatively titled A Broken Kind of Beautiful (my most favorite of all my stories), I wrote something like 11,000 words over the course of two days. Talk about a writer’s high!
Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.
It’s been a joy for me, Casey! Thanks for all you do to promote authors and Christian fiction! You are a blessing, my friend!
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