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One of the very first authors I interviewed for this blog was Misty Beller. At the time, she had just published her first novel. I am excited to welcome her back today with a brand new novel. Not only will we have the opportunity to get to know her a bit, but she is also offering a giveaway copy of her new novel, The Rancher Takes a Cook.
Welcome, Misty! What inspired you to write this novel?
Anna (the heroine) is inspired a little after myself. A hard worker, a Southern belle, enjoys being in the kitchen, holds family very dear. I love history, and always wished I grew up on a ranch in Texas. The storyline was purely my imagination on overdrive. 🙂
Isn’t it fun to imagine what might have been? Perhaps that’s why historical fiction fascinates me — I love to try to imagine what life might have been like in various times and places. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
The theme through all my books is Following God’s Leading, and this book especially addresses how much better things go when we give up control and let him guide us. My theme verse for this story is:
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
It can be so hard to let go and simply trust… What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
The writing is certainly one of my favorites, but I think the part I enjoy most is creating characters! Examining people around me and what makes them tic, then developing characters with backgrounds that influence who they are in the story.
Those realistic characters really make each story come alive! Did you do any traveling for research? If so, could you tell us about it?
I didn’t take any trips during the actual writing of the book, however I traveled through many parts of Texas as a child. I have many dear family members in California, so growing up, my grandparents took us on numerous road trips across the country (from South Carolina to Southern California) Each time, we would try to take a different route, and my favorite part was always when we reached those first few western states. Texas, Wyoming, Montana—I adore these wide-open spaces and amazing views God provides. They capture my heart anew every time. I love the way animals and ranching are critical to the people in those states, and history is treasured! So far, all three of the series I’m working on are set in one of these areas!
Isn’t it amazing how many different landscapes and views God created across this country? Since you write historical fiction, I’m curious… If you could meet any one person from American history, who would you wish to meet?
An excellent question! Benjamin Franklin comes to mind. He had so much wisdom, I would enjoy sitting at his feet and soaking it in!
Oh, the experiences he must have had, to acquire all that wisdom! 🙂 What does your ideal writing space look like (whether you actually write in an area like this or not)? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?
I would LOVE to have a cozy sitting room or library, with a comfortable overstuffed chair. With my laptop perched across my legs, and a cup of warm coffee on the side table, I would alternate between writing and looking out the window at a majestic mountain view. 🙂 Sounds perfect, right?
Absolutely heavenly! 🙂 Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
One of my favorite passages, and the one I write in every book I sign, is Colossians 1: 9-11. It’s my prayer for my readers. 🙂
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy. (NKJV)
That’s a great verse, especially in light of the need to follow God’s leading in our lives. Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Misty!
More about Misty:
Misty M. Beller 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 two 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.
You can find her on her website, reader blog, marketing blog for authors, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Or check out her books The Lady and the Mountain Man or The Lady and the Mountain Doctor. Her latest book, The Rancher Takes a Cook, released June 26, 2015, from Prism Book Group.
When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart’s only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch.
Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans.
When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands…and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?