3. You're one of the few writers out there, who have sold their first manuscript. Can you share your experience with us?
It was totally an act of God's providence. I was nominated for a scholarship to a writer's conference by two of my critique partners, headed to Philadelphia with only 85 pages of my novel written, and was disappointed to find I had gotten no appointments with any editors, and only one appointment with an agent - and that was at the very end of the last day of the conference. But that agent - Bill Jensen - really connected with my story and my writing. He asked to represent me and waited patiently as it took another six months for me to finish Home Another Way. Three months after that, I had a three-book deal with Bethany House. So, yes, it's like the "too good to be true" publishing success story. But it's also so clear that the Lord had his hand in it. I can't in any way "boast" - and that has helped to both keep me focused on how He would use my writing for His purposes, and keep me thankful for the gift He's given me.
4. Congratulations on your marriage to Author Chris Coppernoll! What challenges arise with two creative types in the same household? Is there any chance you might collaborate on a book project?
Thanks. I think Chris and I were both taken a bit by surprise regarding God's plan for us! I know I *never* thought, when we briefly met (and I mean, all of three minutes while I was getting a free signed copy of his book) at the International Christian Retailers Show in 2008 that I would even see him again, yet alone marry him. But it has been wonderful and, so far, I can't say there have been any challenges regarding our two writing careers under the same roof. I read his work when he asks and offer advice, if he wants it. He does the same for me. We have two very different writing styles and creative processes, but in that way we can give each other varying perspectives on things. I've turned him on to wearing earplugs. He reminds me to back up my novel frequently (something I'm horrible at remembering to do). Often we'll go to the library together in the afternoons, find two comfy chairs, and write side-by-side. And yes, we have talked about collaborating. I'm not sure quite when that will be yet, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Thanks, Christa, for a dynamite interview!
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The winner will receive a copy of Christa's books, Home Another Way and Watch Over Me. The drawing will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2010, and the winner notified by email. An announcement will appear on the blog.
Please note Christa gave me a copy of Home Another Way when it first came out, and I purchased Watch Over Me. I have not received any remuneration for this interview or recommendation, and will pay the postage out of my pocket.
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