I trust that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Perhaps by now you are starting to decorate for Christmas. I know before Thanksgiving even arrives, my thoughts are already going toward ways to celebrate my Savior's birth. Before things get too busy, perhaps you can take a few minutes to get to know another author.
Today we get to sit down with Christa MacDonald. Welcome, Christa! How did you develop a love of story?
When I was in grade school I struggled in math, struggled in spelling, even had trouble in art, but I excelled in reading. My particular learning difficulty had given me a gift, off-the-charts reading comprehension. Boy, did I use it. I read everything I could get my hands on and fell in love with grand, sweeping adventures. Kidnapped was one of my first favorites. I loved anything epic. Over time I began to realize what I really liked was a well-told story and I widened my tastes to include everything from historical romance to cozy mystery.
I think we all love well-told stories. :) When do you fit writing into your day?
I recently went from working a very demanding job to taking a break and I actually find it harder to schedule time to write now that I’m not working. It’s so counterintuitive, but I think when I worked I had to maintain a very strict schedule and that helped. Now that school and home school back in session my schedule is back to normal-ish. I write mostly in the afternoons and occasionally on the weekends.
Staying organized and disciplined can be a difficult task. What does your writing space look like?
In a corner of my family room I’ve set up what I like to think of as my office. Our house is a converted barn so there’s not a lot of private space. In this corner I have bookshelves, my adjustable desk (it lets you stand if you want, not that I do) and my PC. It’s supposed to be a dedicated work station, but as every mom knows, all manner of things land on my desk so it’s a bit cluttered.
Chuckle. I finally got my desk cleaned off. :) What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Is it cheating to use two? Romans 8 38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is Christian Hope. When all else fails, when things are so bad it seems they can’t get any worse I remember this verse. Death, the worst thing this earth can dish out to us, cannot separate us from the love of God. That’s security that nothing else can touch. When I’m anxious I think of the song The Love of Christ is Rich and Free, which has this verse in the lyrics. When we sing it in church I end up reaching for the tissues.
Thanks for the reminder. Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
The Barn Dance. Dan rescues Erin from the refreshment table and leads her out onto the dance floor with everyone watching. She’s worried what people will think and he couldn’t care less. It’s so sweet.
That sounds like fun. What is one thing you hope readers will take away from your story?
Life isn’t easy and for some, it seems like one crisis after another. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, God is with you. Trust that whatever happens, you are not alone.
That's a great one! Where can readers connect with you?
I have a Facebook page and readers group that I encourage folks to join. Christamacdonald.com is my website. You can subscribe to my email newsletter there too.
Thanks for stopping by today, Christa. I pray the Lord blesses your writing.