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I love meeting authors that will bring new stories and new imaginings to my story time, don’tcha know it?! Today is fun, because I have a debut author, well debut in this genre and name to welcome today to Creative Madness Mama and the Christian Historical Fiction Gathering Place. I’ve downloaded her novel, Where We Belong, the first in the Midwest Maidens series and it is next on my reading list!
*This post has been in my drafts and has meant to post!! But alas, finally I am here to share… I apologize for the delay!!
Please welcome, Miranda Shisler!
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?
I started reading Christian historical romance when I was eleven with Janette Oke’s “Canadian West” series. I was also affected greatly by “The Russians” series by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella when I was sixteen. I fell in love with the genre, specifically Christian historical romance.
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
I can’t get enough of Francine Rivers and Lynn Austin. They never disappoint. I also love Deeanne Gist and Siri Mitchell. I love the way they weave together a story and are willing to take risks and ask questions. I love all these authors because they are different. They stand out from the rest.
Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?
This makes me smile. I have cut so much from this story since I have been working on it for so many years. There were entire scenes at the beginning that had to go simply because they didn’t add any value to the plot. I wouldn’t mind sharing them at all.
What is your favorite scene from Where We Belong?
That is a hard question to answer! I suppose it would have to be the scene after Amelia has tea with Rebecca Sapp, when she talks to William in his shop. Either that or when she leaves on the train.
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?
That is an excellent description for what I do. I see my writing as an attempt at art. I want to express feelings and ask questions. Sometimes it feels like madness as I try to grasp on to ideas that always seem just out of my reach. But it is the stretching and longing for more that makes me keep coming back, keep trying again every day. I never know what I may be able to grab hold of if I just keep trying. And for me, it involved years of learning the basics of research and writing skills before I came to the place where I could see more clearly what it was I wanted to try to express. It is always a work in progress.
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
Hmm. I don’t think I’ve ever said that I am an incredibly picky reader, and I don’t mean it in a positive way. It drives me crazy! People like you that read so many different authors and books amaze me. Maybe it is because if a story doesn’t go to the depth I need, or if it goes in a direction different than I would have it go, I have a hard time sticking with it. It is something I am trying to change about myself.
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of “Where We Belong” pondering over?
What it means to love with abandon. How they can grasp the love of God, and in turn take that love and shower it on others without fear, knowing that God will be enough when love hurts more than we ever thought possible.
Please, please tell us about your next planned project…
I am currently editing the next book in the “Midwest Maidens” series, entitled “Whiter than Snow.” It is Kathleen’s story, and she’s going to learn some hard lessons about grace in her love story. She’ll find out just how far God is willing to chase us into our darkness and what good he can bring about even from our devastating decisions.
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…
My blog is mirandashisler.blogspot.com. I post thoughts about the Christian life or ideas about healthy living and managing autoimmune conditions.