Today, we have an interview with Emily Ann Putzke, who has just released her third novel, RESIST.
Welcome, Emily! I’m so glad to have you here!
Actually, yes! I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first hardcover bound book in 2005 when I was nine, and I thought it was pretty awesome. Then, when I was twelve, my older siblings helped turn one of my stories into a book as a Christmas present for my parents. My writing has come a looong way since then and I’m sure it will come a long way in the next 10 years! I didn’t start pursuing publication until I was in my teens.
2. What is something that writing has taught you?
Perseverance. “Writing a first novel takes so much effort, with such little promise of result or reward that it must necessarily be a labor of love bordering on madness.” – Steven Saylor
I’ve learned to keep working, to keep creating even when everything seems to be against me.
3. Has writing brought you closer to the Lord? If so, how?
Yes, definitely. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with writing, editing, and publishing that I start to think that everything’s on my shoulders when really God is trying to teach me to lean on Him and trust fully. I’ve had to learn that over and over again.
4. How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?
I read books. Good literature inspires me to create and fine tune my craft. I read writing blogs, journal, listen to music, watch movies, drink lots of coffee … getting away from my writing for a little while can help me clear my head.
5. What is one of your favorite writing-related memories?
I remember writing the first 20,000 words of Resist at my older sister’s house shortly after my nephew was born. I was flanked by cats and children and coffee. Good times.
6. Coffee or tea?
Coffee! Although, I’m a big fan of tea as well.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing your newest book?
Emotionally, the hardest part was the research and the ending. I think I cried the most while doing the research because the story was still new and fresh to me. Maybe the writing didn’t make me cry as much because I put myself in Hans’ place for the entire novel … maybe some of his courage was passed on to me. “I knew what I took upon myself and I was prepared to lose my life by doing so …. please don’t be too grieved that I have to leave this earth so soon …. please know that Sophie and I couldn’t have acted in any other way.” But I can’t deny that the ending was hard and I had tears burning in my eyes as I wrote the final words.
Historically, the hardest part were the chapters on the Eastern Front. Hans was a German medic serving in Russia in 1942, and although I had his diary entries from this time, I wanted an even deeper understanding of everyday life as a medic so I could make the front come alive. Between Hans’ diaries and another first-hand account of a German doctor, I was able to understand it better.
8. What is your advice to aspiring authors?
If you believe God has given you the gift of words, then you need to use that gift. Don’t hide it. Don’t give up.
Thanks so much for being here!