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!!!
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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!
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!
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.)
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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.
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.
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How many books have you written?
MMB: Almost done with my 16th book now.
Rachel: Sweet 16! How fun!
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!
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?
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.
Say "hi" to Misty in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!