Today, we have a special guest on the blog. Please welcome Leah E. Good, the author of Counted Worthy and Stories for God’s Glory.
When you were ten years old, did you ever think that you would be an author?
Yes! I was not a fan of the technical aspects of writing, but I enjoyed making up stories as a ten year old. My grandfather gave my brother and I his old Windows 98 computer, so I would sit in my room and type up terribly written tales for my brother’s eyes alone.
What is something that writing has taught you?
Writing has taught me the value of discipline. While working full time has knocked me out of my writing routine, writing taught me the power of doing something daily even when I don’t feel like it. It also taught me that I work well under the pressure of a deadline, and all that stress of an impeding deadline is actually my friend!
Has writing brought you closer to the Lord? If so, how?
Absolutely! Writing is a way for me to process my thoughts and feelings. My writer friends and I often say that we think best on paper. Since my goal is to use story to bring people closer to the Lord, I often have to learn and study and pray in order to figure out how to organically infuse a story with important themes. Outside of novel writing, I often pray through poetry and process lessons the Lord is teaching me in my journal (I like to think I’m mimicking Jim Elliot’s journal).
How do you get through the ‘low points’ in writing?
Deadlines! The number one way to force myself to push through a low point is to find something I care about (a contest or something) and go for it. The more impossible the goal is when I set it, the more excited I get about trying to meet it. (Yes, I know that I’m weird!) Brainstorming with writing friends is another good way to get out of a rut. Sometimes going back to the drawing board and outlining helps too.
What is one of your favorite writing-related memories?
Oh goodness! I’ve been writing for almost a decade now, and writing has been such an integral part of my life that many of my best memories are linked to it. Getting my first reviews back from people who were not my friends and relatives was certainly the high point of my writing career thus far. These two reviews in particular still gives me chills–Brett Harris’s because having a best selling author believe in my book was incredible and Amanda Beguerie’s because she’s a normal person who was really enthusiastic and impacted by what I had written (she and I are now great friends).
Coffee or tea? :)
Tough choice! I’d choose coffee every time, but I try to limit my consumption of it because of the caffeine content. I’m learning to really enjoy herbal tea when I want something hot and have already had a cup of coffee.
What was the hardest thing about writing your newest book?
The uncertainty. As a learning author (and probably as an experienced one too) there is always that concern that you’re doing everything wrong and no one will want to read your novel.
What is your advice to aspiring authors?
Have fun. Be willing to learn. Take every opportunity to learn. Give and seek critiques. Find writing buddies. Save up and attend a writing conference or two. Be serious enough to grow, but don’t loose the joy you find in creating a story.
Thank you, Leah, for sharing your time with us!
(Come back on Saturday for my review of Counted Worthy.)