Are you ready to meet another author?
The Blythe Daniel Agency managed the BlogAboutBlogger Network, of which I’m part, and how I get really cool books to read and review and sometimes even give away. Being part of the network has been amazing and I’m honored to get to interview her! Her personality REALLY shines through and pretty much makes you want to in her circle.
Blythe’s own book just came out and I’ve reviewed Mended here. I really enjoyed reading through her answers and I hope that you’ll take away something fun or fresh, even if it’s just a good book recommendation.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs for sure. I used to have cats but was always allergic to them. #didntmakesensethat
Morning person or night owl?
Oh for sure! Morning person always. 🙂
Coffee or apple cider or hot chocolate?
Ooh, yum, coffee every morning!
City or country or ‘burbs?
City girl! Need to be near things!
Favorite music to write to? (or silence?)
Bethel Worship Music (Alexa even knows how to flip to it!)
Favorite movie? (It’s okay if there’s a few… I’m not sure I could narrow down to less than 10, haha!)
The Sound of Music (my mom’s and my favorite)
The Parent Trap (watch with my girls)
The Greatest Showman.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love Zumba, making memories with my kids, and gathering with friends.
Top 3 MUST READ books?
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (great symbolism and storytelling)
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge
Captivating by Stasi Eldredge
What is the first thing you remember writing? What was the inspiration?
The first piece that I wrote beyond my third-grade books on Ohio and Panama (still have these beauties!) was articles for magazines around Christian music. I loved interviewing Christian music artists and writing about their life and what inspired their work. I think it was the part of me that liked to bring to the forefront what made people do what they love to do.
What’s the most recent thing you’ve written? What was the inspiration?
My book with my mom: Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters! My mom and I had talked of writing a book for over a year before we finally put together some thoughts for it and shared it with a publisher. I felt compelled to write because I know many moms and daughters who don’t have a good relationship or a relationship at all. This is what inspires me. To be a part of someone gaining a relationship or a deeper connection with their mom or daughter – there is nothing better! It provided an opportunity for us to grow as mother and daughter in writing together and we are inspired to help share the deeper healing and relationship with Christ that a mom or daughter can have when they walk through our book – that is our ultimate goal and hope.
What is your general writing process?
Write when you can. 😉 Seriously, I just write when I have the inspiration and the time. I know some people schedule theirs and have places they like to go to. I like to write early in the morning when my mind is fresh and it’s quiet. I like to write what comes most naturally and skip the harder parts and come back to those. But I want to get into a flow and just write without editing it much. I love self-editing so I save that part for last so that I can make it flow together. But really, starting is the key for me and once I’m going, I don’t like to quit. But often responsibilities call so I come to a stopping point that I feel good about – maybe even type notes of what to work on the next time – and then I feel like I can leave it there and come back to it without feeling lost. I like to write in paragraphs of ideas rather than try to stick to a tight outline. It helps me have freedom but I know the general direction in which I’m writing.
What is the best piece of writing advice someone gave you?
Walk away from something you aren’t sure about and come back to it after you’ve had a chance to give your mind some space.
What’s the best piece of LIFE advice someone gave you?
My mom: “Never, never, ever give up.” She lives this message every day.
What does your personal writing community look like?
I attend a lot of writers conferences and spend time with writers as well as clients I work with on their writing as a literary agent.
What are your go-to ways to overcome writer’s block?
Switch to something else or think about something I really like or enjoy. Praying also is really good tool to bring your mind back to Christ and ask Him to guide your thoughts and your writing. I actually try to do this before I write but I don’t always remember to. But I do believe God is glorified in our words that reflect Him and His heart.
If you could give the readers a piece of advice, what would you most want to tell them?
Don’t feel that you have to justify your writing by a spiritual declaration of being “called.” Write what you know, what you feel, and try to put your unique slant on it. Use different wording and phrases to distinguish your writing from others. Don’t try to blend in to current thought: be willing to write differently and be who you are, not who you wish to be.
Where can people find you?