Monday, July 2, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Mesu Andrews

(Candid photo: October 2017 with my cute li’l,
power-house-of-a-mama, who prayed
me into the Kingdom.)
About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR? (which years? author, reader, speaker? include plans for 2019)

MA: I participated in the first CFRR in Nashville (I think 2016?) and LOVED it. It was attached to the ACFW conference, and I think at the time the CFRR leadership thought it might be a nice little event with a few dozen folks and a couple of authors—and it just exploded! I only knew about 1/3 of the authors there, so it was great fun to meet them and make lasting friendships, but it was also great to meet so many of the folks I’d been corresponding with online for YEARS! What an incredible blessing!

What is your favorite aspect of CFRR?

MA: My favorite aspect of CFRR/fav memory/and most anticipated part for 2019 is all the same! While standing around chatting with readers at the 2016 event, I found many who had no idea who I was. It was A.W.E.S.O.M.E! By the end of the day, we were laughing and teasing each other. I see their faces in my mind when I read their names on my blog or FB comments now. Some of them had never picked up a biblical fiction novel until we met, but now they love the genre. CFRR is a fantastic opportunity to step outside our small worlds and get to know our extended family in the Body of Christ. What a treasure they are!

Are you a hugger?

MA: Absolutely! Big, tight, double-armed ones!

Just for fun...

If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

MA: Captain Grammy – hiking boots, reading glasses, and a tool belt (complete with fruit snacks, snack bars, water bottles, and duct tape—who doesn’t need duct tape?)

What secret talents do you have?

MA: I make stinkin’ good homemade caramels.

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

MA: Cape Town, South Africa

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

MA: Go back to Israel—and I’d love to see Petra (in Jordan)

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

MA: Instead of Double-O-7, I’d be Double-O-No because I’m always messing up, forgetting, spilling, saying the wrong thing…Ugh.

About reading...

What's your favorite genre to read? 

MA: Same thing I write—biblical fiction. ;)
When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?

MA: Gotta have quiet or ear-buds with instrumental worship.

Describe your favorite reading spot.

MA: My back porch swing

How do you organize your books?

MA: Are you supposed to organize books?

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

MA: If Christians don’t read BIBLICAL FICTION in particular, then the general market publishes it—and they do awful things with the stories in God’s Word. It’s VITAL that biblical fiction is READ and WRITTEN by those who believe it to be absolute Truth.

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

MA: Written 9, published 9.
What genres do you write?

MA: Only biblical fiction
What are you working on now? What is your next release?

MA: August 2018, I’ll release my first novella, By the Waters of Babylon, about the fall of Jerusalem. It introduces King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian exile through the eyes of a woman whose husband was a harp maker, exiled eleven years earlier. February 2019, Of Fire and Lions comes out—the story of Daniel. Very exciting! The sequel to Isaiah’s Daughter (title as yet undetermined) releases in February 2020.
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What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with? which aspect is most natural for you?

MA: Hate the first draft!! Love research. I used to say I could research and never write the story, but that’s not true anymore. I do love writing as well, but I like to edit something I’ve already written. That’s when I can add the spiritual aspects and prettier phrasing—after I’ve got the “word vomit” on the page.

What are your must-have writing supplies?

MA: Coffee. Coffee mug warmer. Protein bars. Smoothies. Pretzels. Powdered Sugar Donuts—when I’m really serious. Bible. Logos Bible software. Internet for emergency research. Research books. Scrivener software while writing the first draft. OneNote (where I keep all research notes, character sketches, and plotting ideas). Excel worksheet (plotline, historical timeline, characters’ ages at-a-glance, ongoing list of my quotes for memes, etc). I’ve never been low-maintenance.

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd? 
MA: Solitude ALWAYS

About the author...
Mesu Andrews’ deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive through her bestselling novels. She and her husband, Roy, live in a log cabin snuggled into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains with their dog, Zeke. The Andrews’ have two married daughters and a small tribe of grandkids. Mesu loves movies, football, waterfalls, and travel.

Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell, 2011, the story of Job) won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Love’s Sacred Song (Revell, 2012) relates the poetic Song of Solomon in story form, and Love in a Broken Vessel (Revell, 2013) sets the story of Hosea and Gomer in biblical Israel. The Shadow of Jezebel (Revell, 2014) displays God’s sovereignty over Jezebel’s daughter, Queen Athaliah. The Pharaoh’s Daughter(Waterbrook/Multnomah, 2015), unveils Moses’ early years and Miriam (Waterbrook/Multnomah, 2016) introduces Yahweh’s prophetess during the ten plagues and the Exodus. Isaiah’s Daughter (Waterbrook/Multnomah) introduces readers to the prophet Isaiah’s captivating daughter. To follow Yahweh’s progression toward the Messiah, By the Waters of Babylon (August 2018) continues the story of the prophets and kings through the exile, and Of Fire and Lions (Waterbrook/Multnomah 2019) tells Daniel’s compelling story.

Say "hi" to Mesu in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!


  1. Hi Mesu! What a fun post! I love your answers. I'll be looking forward to meeting and hugging at CFRR 2019!

  2. Cape Town..... have you seen Kate Motaung's memoir, A Place to Land? Looks good.