Welcome back to Writing for Christ Meg Moseley, I am excited to have you here for a second time. :- )
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
Last time, I was a starry-eyed newbie. I didn’t know then what I know now: that the writing life consists largely of office work and errands that are only vaguely related to storytelling. But back then, I didn’t know the happy parts of being published, either. Now I know what it’s like to connect with readers and to know that something I’ve written has made a difference for someone, somewhere.
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
This may be a strange choice because “spectacular” is pretty much the opposite of “mundane,” but I highly recommend a slender little nonfiction book called The God of the Mundane by Matthew B. Redmond. (This isn’t Matt Redman, the music guy. Different spellings, different people.) Matt B. Redmond is a former pastor, now a banker, who packed a lot of wisdom into these “Reflections on Ordinary Life for Ordinary People,” as the subtitle goes.
Do you have favorite authors?
I’m so old-school that most of my favorite authors are no longer with us. Josephine Tey, Dorothy L. Sayers, P.G. Wodehouse, G.K. Chesterton…. Hmm, are you picking up the Dead British Authors vibe?
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?
There are a lot of enjoyable parts, but I especially enjoy meeting with book groups and getting into fervent discussions about my novels. I love readers who talk about my characters as if they’re real people, because they are real…at least in my mind.
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings? :- )
I’m most focused when I work on my desktop computer in my office. My keyboard and my chair are old, and they weren’t expensive when they were new, but they’re great in the ergonomics department. I can work there for hours without having back problems or anything that resembles carpal tunnel syndrome, and I’m entertained by the birds coming to the feeder just outside the window. But sometimes I get tired of those surroundings, especially when I’m on deadline and I want to escape to some tropical spot with an umbrella drink in my hand, but all I’ve got is coffee and more coffee and a calendar that’s screaming about my looming deadline.
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, boy. The word “surprise” doesn’t necessarily have a positive connotation. Years ago, I decided to enter RWA’s Golden Heart contest, which requires a completed manuscript. So I wrote an entire and entirely terrible novel in three weeks. The judges gave it very low scores, as it deserved. I have vague memories of the plot, but I didn’t keep the file or a printed copy. I hope the awfulness of the story didn’t leave permanent scars on the judges’ psyches. :- )
Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.
Thank you, Casey! It’s always a joy to chat with you, online or face to face.
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