Summer will soon be here. Perhaps you are looking for a new author. Today I'd like to introduce you to a new one to me, Kathleen Friesen.
Welcome, Kathleen. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
Even as a very young child, I couldn’t wait to go to school so I could learn to read. That’s all I wanted from school. I have always loved reading, and the more I read, the more I learn what makes a story good. Writing stories that touch hearts is a dream come true.
I believe reading is such a crucial part of love of story. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
In a word, discouragement. I can only write what I envision, and sometimes life crowds out the story. Then it’s easy to despair, assume I’m not worthy of this task, and want to give up. That’s when my precious friends step in to reassure me and pray me through the tough times. Writing is a solitary work, but I couldn’t do it without the encouragement of faith-filled friends. I thank God for each one.
Friends who know how and when to encourage us are a true blessing. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve penned poems and little stories but kept them to myself. A creative writing course in high school opened my eyes to the thrill of writing something others would enjoy. That dream got tucked away for years, though, until I took an online writing course (Christian Writers Guild) that stoked those dormant flickers into flames.
How wonderful that you found your voice as a writer. Tell us about your new book.
Redemption’s Whisper unwraps Hayley’s story. Hayley was first introduced in Nila’s Hope (also published by Pelican Book Group), but between then and the opening of this book, her life has changed. Hayley is now a young woman desperate for a reason for hope, a reason to go on living. With the encouragement of friends and one special new acquaintance, Hayley seeks redemption and a chance for an honest love. But just when life seems full of promise, her past rears its ugly head and threatens to destroy everything she’s gained.
Sounds interesting. How does faith play a part in your writing?
Without God, there is no happy ending. Faith is all-important to me and my writing; it’s the reason I write.
I can relate. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
If my readers reap a renewed appreciation for God’s great, redeeming love and a yearning to know Him better, I have achieved my desire. An enjoyment of risk and romance is bonus. :)
Those are some great takeaways. :) Thanks so much for stopping by today, Kathleen.