Do you write in only one genre?
Yes. I tend to be a bit of a sentimentalist, so Historical Romance is perfect for me! I love the simpler life, where there's no rat race. Just hard work, plenty of alone time (can you tell I'm an introvert?), and a strong family unit. My stories usual center around horses and ranching, which comes from my love for the animals. I was completely horse crazy growing up, and actually trained and showed horses professionally for a couple years after high school.
We all have those words, the ones we used repeatedly, what is your repeat word that you have to edit out a lot?
My bad word is "was". As in "He was separating the calves from the cows" when I should just write "He separated the calves from the cows." There are legitimate times to use "was," but so many more times not to!
What is next for your readers?
I'm so excited about it! My next release will be coming from Prism Book Group in 2015, and is tentatively titled The Rancher Takes a Cook. Here's a glimpse of the back cover copy:
When their home in South Carolina burns to the ground, Anna Stewart has no choice but to move with her 15-year-old brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. Their prospects begin to look better, until the ranch owner’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans. When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands… and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?
About you Questions:
Are you married, and have a family?
Oh yes! My husband and I just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary, and we have two beautiful daughters. Logan is seven, so smart, and a complete tom-boy. She wants to be a vet and says she'll never get married because "I want to have hundreds of dogs and my husband probably wouldn't like that." Haven just turned three and is my sweet princess. With her blonde hair and blue eyes, she looks like an angel, and works so hard to keep up with big sister!
Do you work outside the home, in addition to your writing? How do you balance all that?
Yes, I've worked for a wonderful commercial office furniture company for about 10 years now. I love the people I work with, but it's a challenge to manage it all—work, family, and writing. I have to be intentional about scheduling writing time every day, as well as family time. On the weekends, we have a couple hours of "quiet time" in the afternoons. It's a nice rest for the family, and I get so much writing done! Needless to say, my house is rarely pristine!
Were you a reader as a kid, if so who (author) did you enjoy reading?
I read like crazy! We went to the library once or twice every week, and read everything I could find! I loved the Mandy books by Lois Gladys Leppard, lots of Nancy Drew, and every horse book I could find—fiction or non-fiction!
Name two things that might surprise your readers to learn about you.
#1: I was a music major my first year in college, then switched to business administration.
#2: I'm a Mountain-Dew-aholic, much to my husband's dismay. In fact, I'm affectionately known as "Dewy" by some of my close friends.
What is the strangest thing you have ever written into a story? Is that story published?
When I was researching some old mountain man stories, I ran across the true story of Hugh Glass. This man single-handedly fought and killed a bear, was left for dead by his friends, set his own broken leg, and crawled for six weeks to get to the closest Indian camp for help. The details are incredible, and I was so excited to work the story into The Lady and the Mountain Man!
Who has inspired you most in your writing career, why?
There have been so many people who've invested in my writing, and given me opportunities and encouragement when I needed it. One person who has meant a great deal is one of my critique partners, Jackie Layton. She answers my tough questions with honesty and love. She works tirelessly to increase her knowledge of the craft, and cares enough to pass along something that might be helpful for my own writing. Most importantly, she's one of the clearest examples I've met of Jesus shining through a person.
OK Last Question, leave the readers and other authors with a final thought by answering this question.
What advice do you have for young authors trying to make it all work?
There are two things I did early on that helped me immeasurably! First, read good books on the craft of writing. My all-time favorite is Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. I read it again every time I start writing a new book. Second, join a writing organization, such as ACFW (my favorite!) or RWA. These groups offer incredible resources to their membership. So worth the investment!
Misty Beller was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.
Back Cover Blurb:
Leah Townsend, a recently orphaned heiress, flees Richmond afterdiscovering her fiancé’s plot to kill her after their wedding. She needs a safe place to hide, and finds herself accepting a newspaper marriage proposal from a God-fearing young rancher in the Montana Territory. But when Leah arrives at the mountain ranch, she learns her intended husband was killed by a grizzly, leaving behind a bitter older brother and a spunky younger sister.
When Gideon Bryant finds a city girl standing in his log cabin, his first thought is to send her back where she came from. He’s lost too many people to the wild elements of these mountains––his parents, his wife, and now his brother. His love for this untamed land lives on, but he’s determined not to open his heart to another person.
But when an accident forces Leah to stay at the ranch for seven more months, can Gideon protect his heart from a love he doesn’t want? Has Leah really escaped the men who seek her life?