Welcome to Writing for Christ, Melissa Tagg, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?
Well, I’m your typical always-wanted-to-be-a-writer girl. I loved books as a kid, still do, and at some point had this realization as a child that, whoa, people could write stories for a job. I decided that needed to be my job one day. It was nice because it made things like answering the question “What do you want to do when you grow up?” and picking a college major really easy.
What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?
Eek, just one?? Since I just finished reading this book for the second time in a month, I’m going to have to go with Jonathan Merritt’s new book, Jesus is Better than You Imagined. Hands-down one of my favorite nonfiction reads ever and I couldn’t have read it at a better time. I’d been feeling spiritually and creatively blah…wrung out, really. And that book got me stirred up in a really good way.
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?
Ooh, another great question. Frankly, there’s not a ton that I’d actually do over…because even the missteps proved to be amazing learning experiences. But one thing I’d tell myself, for sure, is to trust God. Which sounds so simplistic, I know. But I feel like more and more I’m realizing life and faith are about trusting God. Either I trust him or I don’t. I want that living, breathing sort of trust that says, “I don’t have to know what’s going to happen next year or next month or even tomorrow. All I have to know is God is good. He loves me. And it IS going to be okay.”
5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out?
Homemade if it’s someone else doing the making! LOL…
Email or snailmail?
My dad works for the USPS so snail mail forever! :-)
Online shopping or Black Friday deals?
Online shopping. No question. Not that I don’t like to venture out on Black Friday now and then. But if I’m going to go out on Black Friday, I care more about laughing at the hyper-intensity of deal seekers rather than actually trying to get a good deal myself. It’s too stressful to be a serious shopper on Black Friday.
Books or movies?
This is too hard. Too hard, I say! I love both so much. So I’m going to totally cheat and take ALL classic movies out of the equation. If we were going solely with current moves versus books, then I’d say books. But shoot, then I’d miss out on Thor and any movie Benedict Cumberbatch is in…sad.
Note-taker or memorization?
Note-taker—it’s the former reporter in me. But actually, if I have to memorize something, then note-taking is how I do it. Once I write something down, it tends to stick in my head. That’s why I still write appointments and reminders on post-it notes rather than solely relying on a Google calendar.
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?
Oh man, that’s difficult. I honestly don’t know. In many ways, Made to Last will always have a special, special place in my heart simply because it was the first one published. Here to Stay, though, challenged me in a huge way. I feel like I dug deeper as I wrote that one—there were definitely personal nuggets in Made to Last, but even more in Here to Stay. So at this moment in time, Here to Stay is my fave.
Of course, if I ever get book three finished, it’ll probably be favorite. Then same with book four… :-)
Places for readers to learn more about you?
I’m also on Amazon, Goodreads, and YouTube…and even make occasional appearances on Pinterest.
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