Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Writer's Life: Katie Ganshert

Welcome to "Writer's Life," my new interview series! Every Wednesday will feature a romance writer of inspirational or sweet romance novels. I'm excited to share some of my favorite authors and hope you'll find new books for your to-be-read pile!


We're kicking things off with Katie Ganshert! Katie is an inspiration to me. She's beautiful inside and out, an amazing writer, a Christy Award finalist, a Carol Award winner, and a tireless advocate for international adoption. Her new inspirational romance novel, A Broken Kind of Beautiful, is already gaining terrific reviews!

Let's get to it!

1. What about writing makes your heart sing?

Oh, lots of things! When I get into that euphoric “zone” where the words are flowing and the story is coming together and God reveals something extra special about a character or a scene or the theme that adds an extra layer of depth to the story. I also love the spark of a new idea. And of course, writing “the end” is always a magical, heart-singing moment.

2. What is the biggest hurdle you're facing right now as a writer?

Oh, man—that’s hard to pin down. I feel like it changes daily. J I think obscurity is always a hurdle authors will face, at least those authors who haven’t yet reached the “best seller” status. I also feel like, on this side of heaven, I will always struggle with comparison—which is a particularly strong temptation among writerly circles. Another hurdle is myself. Insecurity, doubt, discontent….those sorts of things that most of us deal with on a daily basis (or is that just me?).

3. What do you do to fill your creative well?

The biggest thing that fills my creative well is spending time in worship—whether that’s digging into the Word, or getting on my knees in prayer, or listening to worship music. That usually does the trick. I also love going on walks, reading a great book, and spending time away from the computer with my family.

4. What are you working on now?


Right now I just finished my fourth novel, which isn’t currently titled (releasing February, 2015). I turned it into my editor and will be receiving edits soon-ish. I’ve been busy with marketing and publicity type stuff for the release of A Broken Kind of Beautiful. Releases are super fun, but they are always a bit of a whirlwind. As soon as things calm down, I hope to do a lot of reading and playing around with a young adult trilogy I’m working on.  

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Katie, there's nothing quite like finishing a story, is there? You are definitely not alone on the doubt, insecurity hurdle--what writer doesn't struggle with all those feelings? I know I do! Your spring is busy, busy, but I hope you'll be able to dive back into the YA trilogy soon!

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A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL ~

Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

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Christy Award finalist and Carol Award winner, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.

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Do you have any questions for Katie? 

(Thank you, Katie, for being my guest today!!)

Have a lovely day!

14 comments:

  1. I love the title, "A Broken Kind of beautiful" - reminds me of the kintsukuroi pottery style.

    One question - when do you write the ending? I usually write the ending when 60-75% of the story's complete.

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    1. So funny you mention that pottery, Andrew! I posted a picture of it on my facebook author page recently because it goes SO WELL with the themes of this book!

      You know, I'm a big plotter. So I plot the novel first, but I write in order. So I don't write the end until I get there. But I know the end before I begin. :-)

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  2. Yeah Katie! So excited to read THIS book!!!

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  3. Fun interview! I'm looking forward to reading your newest book, Katie. I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who struggles with doubt and insecurity.

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  4. Thanks so much for having me, Jill!

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  5. Uh, yes! I hear you on your struggles:) I know those can plague me too, especially the comparison game. There's a constant conversation and stream of verses going in my head with God on that one. Love your books, Katie. Love your honesty even here, that you struggle with feeling lost in obscurity...thank you for that. I certainly wouldn't have ever used that word to describe you:)

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    1. Isn't it funny how we perceive others and how we perceive ourselves, Susan? Thanks for the kind words!

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  6. Katie:This sounds like a great book. I wish you well with it.

    Jill: Thank you for having Katie on your blog today.

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  7. Thanks, everyone, for giving Katie such a warm welcome! I was out of town visiting my dad today, which was wonderful!

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    1. Sounds like you had a good day, Jill? I hope it was!

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    2. Yes, Katie! It was wonderful. He has good days and bad days, and yesterday was good. Yay!!

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