Welcome to Writing for Christ Katie Ganshert, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?
I’ve always loved writing, all the way back to my elementary school days. But I’d say what officially started the journey was a trip to Kenya eight years ago. I came home from that trip with a story that refused to be ignored. So I sat down and I wrote my first novel. It’s safely tucked away on my hard drive and will never see the light of day, but it’s what led me down this publishing path.
What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?
Can I cheat and give you a trilogy? My all-time favorite novels are Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series. I’ve never had a character impact my faith as powerfully as Hadassah before. I re-read them at least once a year.
If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?
I would go back and tell my pre-published self to appreciate her lot. I know, I know. That’s kind of weird. But it’s truth. I think as authors, we are constantly striving forward. We are pressing hard toward the goal of publication. And when it happens, it’s magical. It truly is. But holy buckets of ever lovin’ gravy, is it ever a lot of work. The stakes feel higher. The self-doubt and insecurity doesn’t go away. I wouldn’t trade where I am for the world, but I would like to go back and enjoy the time I had before the pressure got so real.
5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out?
Take out. Only because we rarely get it. We’re on a budget in the Ganshert household, which means eating in most of the time.
Email or snailmail?
Email. Snail mail is fun, but email is quick and convenient and free.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals?
No contest, online shopping. I think Black Friday deals is about as appealing as taking a pliers to my toenails.
Books or movies?
Movies when I’m on a deadline and my world is consumed with whatever story I’m working on. Books when I’m between manuscripts.
Note-taker or memorization?
Um…..attentive listener who can paraphrase? I don’t really take notes when people are speaking. But I wouldn’t say I’m great at memorization either.
Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?
I promise I am not just saying this because this is the book that’s currently releasing, but A Broken Kind of Beautiful. It has long been my personal favorite. I am so passionate about Ivy’s journey and the core message of this novel. It is truly the story of my heart.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
My website: www.katieganshert.com
My author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatieGanshert
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