Monday, August 13, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Roseanna M. White


Thank you for providing a candid photo of yourself all dressed up in Edwardian attire!

Hi readers! Today's guest is very important to me...Because she is my boss! LOL! It just so happened that it was my turn when we got to Roseanna's interview. I love working as Roseanna's (virtual) assistant. I have learned so much and have been so blessed by her. I can't wait for you all to meet her at CFRR 2019! - Rachel

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

RMW: 2019 will be my first year, and I’m so looking forward to attending the conference!

Rachel: I am so.SO.SOOOOO glad you are going to there this year! (I'm not biased at all of course!)

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

RMW: I love nothing more than chatting with other book lovers, so to have time dedicated to just that—pure bliss!

Rachel: Truer words have never been spoken!


Are you a hugger?

RMW: LOL. Yes and no. I have no problem with it at conferences, when it’s simply a greeting, but this is something I had to work on as a kid. I was not a hugger by nature. I am one by nurture. 😉

Rachel: Well...You'd better prepare yourself for a tackle hug from me at least hehe!



Just for fun...

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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

RMW: My family has a whole list! Currently sitting on the top of the dream locations is Patagonia. So beautiful!

Rachel: Oh my goodness! Wouldn't that be an adventure?

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

RMW: Shelving books, of course. I’ve long thought I’d love to be a librarian—because a career that does not involve books just doesn’t bear thinking about.

Rachel: Agreed! Books.Are.Life!

If you were a spy, what would your code name be?

RMW: Evelyn Pitt. I actually came up with a spy name generator in conjunction with my Culper Ring Series, based on how George Washington devised the same “Samuel Culper” for his intelligence man, and that’s what mine turned out to be. (You can discover yours here!)

Rachel: Oh! How fun!!! My spy name is Mildred Bell! I love it!!!


About reading...

When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?

RMW: Ideally, I prefer quiet. But there’s no such thing in my house, so luckily I long ago learned how to block out the world. 😉

Rachel: YES! Same here...

How do you organize your books?

RMW: Fiction is organized alphabetically by author. Non-fiction is first broken down into categories and then the same. Though books still on my TBR pile tend to just sit in a stack on a shelf until I get to them…

Rachel: Finally! Someone who organizes alphabetically by author! 💜 Soul sister!

How often do you pleasure-read?

RMW: Not as often as I’d like. I homeschool my kids so spend 1-2 hours a day reading aloud to them. Between that, writing, and editing, I spend so much time staring at words during the day that I don’t always have the brain-and-eye power to do more of it in the evenings, so I’ll knit or watch TV with my husband instead. I usually manage 1-2 books for fun every month—which is pathetic compared to what I used to read, but if you factor in all those books for school and work, then it looks more impressive, LOL.

Rachel: Schoolwork has definitely disrupted my reading habits. But so worth it!

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

RMW: The same reason Paul’s letters to the churches were important—because believers need encouragement. They need to see ways to live out their faith. They need to ask hard questions and examine possible answers, and fiction allows us to do that. It helps us to see into the hearts of characters and so take a deeper look at our own. As one of my characters said, “Fiction is truth…in a pretty wrapping.” And Christian fiction isn’t just truth, but Truth. We all pray non-believers will read it too, but I know that my primary ministry is encouraging the flock. I’ve yet to hear from a reader who came to faith because of my words—but I regularly hear from readers whose faith was renewed or deepened, and I believe that’s what God has called me to do with my writing.

Rachel: All of this...YES! And I know what book that was! It was the book that made me create the 5.5 star rating...With that quote as the description. (Psst it's A Name Unknown if you were wondering.)

About writing...

How many books have you written? published?

RMW: I currently have 22 either published or contracted (7 of those aren’t out yet), another dozen or so that are finished but unpublished, and something ridiculous like 75 that are begun but not finished. Ideas have never been a problem for me, LOL.

Rachel: Not a bad problem to have I suppose, but trying to decide WHAT story gets written next...???

What genres do you write?

RMW: All my published books are historicals, mostly historical romance (and the ones that aren’t strictly romance still have strong love stories). I do have some contemporaries in that “unpublished” folder that I hope to sneak out into the world someday too, but my heart has always been for history!

Rachel: There is something special and sweet about historical books.

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

RMW: I just finished the last round of edits on An Hour Unspent, the final book in the Shadows Over England Series, which will release in September. I just finished the first draft of The Number of Love, which is the first book in my next series, The Codebreakers, which will release next year. And I’m about to dive into my second book for the Guideposts series, Secrets of Wayfarers Inn, which I’m writing with 7 other authors. It’s a busy year!

Rachel: Which is why you hired me! I can't WAIT for y'all to meet Barclay...Properly! Oh my goodness!!!! 😍

What are your must-have writing supplies?

RMW: In the morning, I need my coffee—it’s part of my ritual, though I only drink half-caf. But otherwise, all I need is my laptop. Well, and chocolate doesn’t hurt, LOL.

Rachel: Chocolate never hurts. And all.the.coffee!!!

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?

RMW: Solitude! I crave quiet like nothing else. This is why my ideal writing weekend involves nothing but a cushy chair, my computer, and endless hours to spend right there with my fingers on my keyboard.

Rachel: Sounds like pure bliss to me!

Thank you so much for joining us today Roseanna!


About the author...


Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.



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Monday, August 6, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Kristin Noel Fischer

Thanks for the great candid, Kristin! Y'all are so sweet! 

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

KF: This will be my first year to attend the retreat, and I can hardly wait!

Beth: YAY! We're so happy you're joining us!

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

KF: I’m most excited about meeting other writers and readers of Christian Fiction.

Beth: Yes! All the wonderful bookish people!

Are you a hugger?

KF: Yes.

Beth: Great!

Just for fun...

What secret talents do you have?

KF: I can stand on my head, something I learned how to do when I turned 40. I can also change the toilet paper roll in the bathroom.

Beth: I admire your mad skills, Kristin! The toilet paper changing is a rare gift indeed, seems there's only about one person who is able to successfully complete that task within a household. Hehehe!

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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

KF: Cinque Terre in Italy. I put together a puzzle over Christmas of Cinque Terre, and I can’t stop thinking about going there.

Beth: I don't blame you! This place looks incredible!!!

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

KF: I’d love to have one of my books turned into a movie.

Beth: That would be wonderful but we all know the book is always better! ;) 

About reading...

When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat? 

KF: These days I do most of my reading through audiobooks while exercising, cooking, cleaning, driving etc. When I do sit and read an actual book, I love lounging in my reading nook that looks out on the tops of several Texas Live Oak trees. Sitting there makes me feel like I’m reading in a tree house.

Beth: Oh, that sounds so lovely! I'd love to have a reading nook!

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

KF: Christian Fiction is important because it gives hope and healing to a world in desperate need of those things. I honestly don’t know how people “do life” without God. I’ve definitely never heard anyone say, “Wow, I was finally able to overcome my addiction to meth once I became an atheist.”

God is powerful, and reading Christian Fiction allows us to see that again and again.

Beth: Amen!

About writing...

How many books have you written? Published?

KF: I’ve published 4 books, two standalones and two in my Rose Island series.  

Beth: Wonderful! 

What genres do you write?

KF: Uplifting Women’s Fiction and Inspirational Romance. I like books that show real people overcoming serious issues through faith, family, love, friendship, and laughter.

Beth: Authentic characters are the best characters!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?


KF: I’m currently working on the third book in my Rose Island series called Bianca’s Joy.

Beth: Bianca is such a pretty name!

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

KF: Although I have a home office, I do my best writing in my windowless, messy closet. I started writing there one summer when all six kids were home. At first, they couldn’t find me and figured I’d gone to the grocery store. Deep sigh. That was such a productive summer.

I also like writing in my car. Whenever I get stuck, I’ll write at Sonic until I figure out what I need to do. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve found Sonic is the perfect cure for writer’s block. 

Beth: Hahahaha! Oh, I can definitely relate to getting more done when the kids can't find you! Sonic has delicious milkshakes, no explanation needed!

What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with? which aspect is most natural for you?

KF: The writing process most natural to me is creating characters. I adore “my people,” and they feel real to me. The part I struggle with the most is what to do when those characters take over and refuse to follow my directions. Needless to say, I write a lot of drafts to get the story right.

Beth: Fictional friends can be so finicky!

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?

KF: I write best in solitude. I’m outgoing and friendly, but I’m a major introvert. Actually, I’m a little nervous about attending the retreat, but my plan is to make friends with an extrovert and get them talking about themselves. Do you think that will work?

Beth: YES! As a matter of fact, I can point a few your way! I was super nervous when I first attended but our mutual love of God and books pave the way!

About the author...

Kristin Noel Fischer writes stories that combine Uplifting Fiction with Inspirational Romance. Her books focus on overcoming tragedy through faith, family, friendship, love, and laughter. Readers enjoy her realistic characters and message of hope.

If you’re looking for a gritty but compelling read without gratuitous love scenes or foul language, you’ve come to the right place. If you prefer a more edgy read, Kristin hopes you’ll give her books a chance and tell her what you think.

Kristin is a Golden Heart Finalist, an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist as well as a Golden Quill finalist for Best Inspirational Romance. She lives in Texas where she enjoys biking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and six kids.



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Monday, July 30, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Misty M. Beller


About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...
In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

MMB: This will be my first year participating in person and I’m so excited! I’ve wanted to participate each of the past years, but I seemed to always miss the cutoff. This year I marked the date and time on my calendar to make sure I was one of the first to sign-up! 😊

Rachel: Yay! I am so glad you did!!!
Reader Registration Closes September 30th! Sign up HERE!
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What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

MMB: Wow, that’s a tough question! Meeting readers has to be the part I’m most excited about, but talking books with both readers and authors would be a close second.

Rachel: Being in a room full of bookish people truly is a special sight to behold!

Are you a hugger?

MMB: I was born and raised in South Carolina, so of course I am, darlin’!

Rachel: Oh good! I just love hugs!!!!


Just for fun...

What secret talents do you have?

MMB: Not sure these are secret, but I play the piano, and I have a decent sense of direction. I couldn’t think what else to put here so I asked my 6-year-old daughter what I was really good at. Her answer? “You’re good at feeding Laney.” (Laney is our 2-year-old.) There you have it folks, my secret talent. 😊

Rachel: Bahaha! I just asked my 4-year-old that same question...He said, "Working."

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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

MMB: Italy! And England! And Scotland! Did you say only one?

Rachel: I wouldn't even be able to narrow it down to 3! So good job!

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

MMB: That’s a tough question because I LOVE writing. If I had to choose another job outside the home…After high school, I became a substitute teacher, and I loved working with kids. It was a little stressful for this introvert, but the kids were so worth it!

Rachel: Aww, that sounds like a good alternative. (But I am personally glad you ARE a writer.)



About reading...
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What's your favorite genre to read?

MMB: I love both Christian Historical Romance and Christian Contemporary Romance.

Rachel: Kindred spirits!

How often do you pleasure-read?

MMB: Always! I would go crazy if I didn’t always have a for-fun book going. I’ve become addicted to audiobooks, so I can listen while I get things done. Now, if a book isn’t available on audiobook, I don’t usually get to read it!

Rachel: I LOVE audiobooks! Being a SAHM, audiobooks help me get through the housework.

How many books do you average per month?

MMB: I did a count of the last couple months and it looks like I average about 7-8 books per month.

Rachel: That's impressive! My dream is to one day read as much as Carrie does.



About writing...
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How many books have you written?

MMB: Almost done with my 16th book now.

Rachel: Sweet 16! How fun!

Published?

MMB: My 14th book, This Wilderness Journey, just released on April 24th!

Rachel: Woohoo! Congratulations!!!

What genres do you write?

MMB: I’m a Christian Historical Romance gal! More specifically, I write romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Rachel: This just makes my heart so happy!

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What are you working on now?

MMB: I’m finishing the third full-length book in my Heart of the Mountains series, This Courageous Journey. This is the story of Noelle (Simeon Grant’s sister from book 1) and her journey to visit her brother in the Canadian mountain territory. I’ve loved this story, and I think readers will too!

Rachel: Oh! I love the sound of it!

What is your next release?

MMB: I’m so excited to have a novella included in the Timeless Love Collection with six other amazing authors. All proceeds of the collection will be donated to the Livestrong Organization to support those affected by cancer. My novella in the collection is This Freedom Journey (part of the Heart of the Mountains series), which tells Mary and Adrien’s story (Emma and Joseph’s aunt and uncle).

Rachel: I'm so glad I got a copy of the full collection! Readers, you can find Misty's Novella HERE. Timeless Love is no longer available as the collection, but you can find the novellas individually.

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What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with?

MMB: The actual writing is always the hardest! I LOVE to write. I get grumpy when things arise that keep me from writing. But writing a 70,000 word story that’s actually interesting is not for the faint of heart! There are always points in my story where I think, “I’m not sure I can finish this book.”

Rachel: It's a marathon not a sprint. Right?

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?

MMB: Definitely in solitude! If I’m in a crowd of people I don’t know (like an airport or a hotel lobby), I can eventually block out the people around. I really struggle with writing with my family around, though! 😊

Rachel: I hear ya there. I like to work at our local coffee shop. I put in my era buds and get in the zone. At home...the kids...or the husband...always needs something. Or I get distracted by cleaning up.


About the author...


Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. 



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