Author Spotlight: Beth Wiseman

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Deeanne Gist is Elizabeth Dent! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (ckrumm@litfusegroup.com)

This week please welcome Beth Wiseman in the spotlight! To win a copy her book The House that Love Built (Thomas Nelson, 2013) , leave a comment on this post.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Author Barbara Cameron told me five years ago to take care of myself. To keep my doctor and dentist appointments and to make time for resting. She’d been writing a lot longer than I had, and I was so excited to be published that I had jumped on the train full speed. Years later, I am heeding her advice. It’s so easy to put off everything else but writing. And there’s a price for that. Your health.

What was your biggest break?

I broke in with Amish fiction. My first series—The Daughters of the Promise—sold to Thomas Nelson in late 2007. I’ve been riding the wave ever since. ☺ Although, now I am alternating between Amish novels and non-Amish contemporaries.

I’m inspired by. . .

. . .the people and events around me. And God’s grace, of course.

My great adventure has been. . .

. . .I’m living it. Every day.

The one thing I hope to discover is. . .

. . .how to avoid fear and worry and to feel the true peace that I write about in my books.

If I could go anywhere, it would be. . .

. . .It used to be to cooking school in Italy, but since I’m dieting…I might have to rethink that, lol.

If you have only an hour. . .

. . .I would want to spend it with my family.

Describe yourself in one word

Driven.

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

After my pets, I’d grab my photo albums.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

When my agent sold my first series to Thomas Nelson.

What drives you to succeed?

Fear of failure.

Best Saturday Afternoon Read

My reading preferences are all over the place. Hard to pick just one book, lol. ☺

Best Forgotten Custom

When my children were young, we decorated the Christmas tree together. Now, even if they are home for the holidays, I end up doing it myself. ☹

Best Way to Break a Sweat

Tennis!

Best Style Icon

I live and work in Tshirts and sweats/shorts. I’m not sure I have any style icons, lol.

Best Time-Waster

Playing games on my phone—Wordfeud, Ruzzle, and Hanging with Friends.

Best Indulgence

Mexican food!

Best Advice

Miracles happen to those who believe. BELIEVE.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. I’d like very much to win the book The House that Love built.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Carolyn Jefferson

  2. Judy B says:

    I have been a fan of Beth’s for a long time. I have read everyone of her Amish fiction books. When Beth branched out from Amish fiction (she hasn’t left it!) I thought hmmm can she pull this off? Just pick up a copy of Need You Now and see for yourself!

    I would love to win a copy of, The House that Love Built.

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. KayM says:

    I haven’t read any of Beth’s books. I would enjoy reading a copy of The House that Love Built.

  4. Katie J. says:

    I am a BIG Fan of Beth’s writing. I would love to win The House that Love Built!

  5. I would so love to read this and to win it would be great. Thanks for a chance,
    Blesings
    joeym11@frontier.com

  6. Maaike says:

    I would love a chance to win a copy of The house that love build! Thanks for this giveaway…

  7. felecia says:

    I would love to read this.

  8. Cathy says:

    Can’t wait to read another one of your books.

  9. kathy b says:

    would love to win this book you and beth are alsome authors!

  10. Cheryl Baranski says:

    I am a big fan of your Amish books Beth!
    Would love to win your book The House that Love Built!

  11. Mary Levie says:

    I would love to win a copy and read!

  12. diane papke says:

    i would love to win this book

  13. Sonja Nishimoto says:

    I have become a big fan of yours and would love this!

  14. Sandi A. says:

    I would love to win this book…I find it interesting that Beth would like to “own” the peace that she speaks of in her books. I always find that in giving advice to others…I, very often, hear what God wanted me to hear. God bless.

  15. Joann Stewart says:

    Would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. Tina Rice says:

    I am a big fan of Beth’s!….love all her books. I would love to win a copy of The House That Love Built.
    Blessings,Tina

  17. Elizabeth Dent says:

    This book sounds so good . Would love to win this book “The House That Love Built”. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Blessings.

  18. LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    I love to read Beth’s books. My husband love her recipe for Amish Meatloaf. Thank you for a chance to win The House That Love Built.

  19. Erin S says:

    I love Beth’s books! Would love to win a copy! Thanks 🙂

  20. Jennifer Deanne Logan says:

    I would love to win this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of Beth Wisemans books yet. I hope I can play all the way from British Columbia Canada. I found out about this on Suzanne Woods Fishers Facebook page. Take Care Jennifer

  21. Barbara Abel says:

    I would love to win. Love her books

  22. Lisa Medeiros says:

    I would love to win this book and read it! 🙂 I have never read any of her books but every review I have read on this book is making me put it at the top of my to be read pile! 🙂

  23. Becky says:

    Awesome interview yet again. I haven’t read the book but it looks and sounds great. Hopefully I’ll get the chance 😉

  24. Linda Glenn says:

    Would really love to win this book.

  25. Linda Ortiz says:

    I am a big fan of Beth!!!! I would love to win her book! Looking forward to reading her new book 😀

  26. Karla Hanns says:

    I am one of Beth’s faithful fans. I have read all of her books and LOVE every one. What a great interview!! It was such a joy to read. I do not want to enter the contest, as I already have her book, just wanted to let you know how much I love and appreciate both you and Beth. Both of you have encouraged (and entertained) me with your writing.

  27. Wendy says:

    Never read any of her books. Would love to read it. Thanks!

  28. Kaye Whitney says:

    So Beth might want to study cooking in Italy, but now she’s on a diet. She could still concentrate on the vegetables and meats of Italian cuisine. Whereas I have read many of her Amish stories, but I haven’t read any of her contemporary Christian fiction. I would love to win THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT.

  29. Pamela Hargraves says:

    Study cooking in Italy, Maybe! That diet could be a dream killer! Would love to win this book.

  30. melissa l says:

    I have read a few of her novels and would love to read another. Thank you.

  31. Glenda says:

    Very interesting interview. I love learning more about my author ‘friends’. I would love to win the book.

  32. Marsha Ghent says:

    Love your books, thank you.

  33. Carissa says:

    Would love to win this book. Beth Wiseman is my new favorite author 🙂

  34. Wilma Frana says:

    I would love to read these books.

  35. Hi,I just wanted to say ,i’d love to win this book,The House That Love built it looks like it would be so good.I absolutely love ,Love stories .Of coure I lI have read her books before and loved them.Blessings to you and Congratulations to the one that wins ahead of time.ove anything Amish as well even though I don’t think this one is Amish.

  36. I would be honored to win Beth’s book. I love her writing. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for a miracle.

  37. Carol Edwards says:

    It was interesting to learn more and I would love to win the book.

  38. Sharon Holweger says:

    I would love to win a book. I read everything of Beth’s as soon I I find it.

  39. Christi Long says:

    Would love to win!!

  40. Linda Baio says:

    I have read many of your books,and would love to win this one!!

  41. Elizabeth says:

    I just returned my “The House that Love Built” to the library today. It made me upset to give it up; it was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I really liked the ending.

  42. Maria Thomas says:

    That was a great interview. I just love your books!

  43. Judith Cooper says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter. I really enjoy Beth Wiseman’s books!

  44. Lisa Harness says:

    Italy is her place of choice. I can hardly wait to read this one. I have a long to-read list. Love to win it!

  45. Martha J. Sturm says:

    I am reading this book right now! It is from the library, so would like a copy of my own to share with friends.

    Martha

    P.S. Beth, continue your wonderful writing

  46. Helen Morell-Bailey says:

    I have read a few of Beth’s books and really enjoy her work. It would be great if you could go to cooking school in Italy for fun when your life calms down a bit.
    I would love to read your book.
    Thanks so much.

  47. hello Beth. You just might make it to that cooking school in Italy one day. bet you would have fun. I would love to win your book. I really need it. Thanks for this chance and hope I get lucky and win it.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  48. sharon says:

    The House That Love Built sounds like my kind of book and I would love to win it! sharon, CA

  49. Jackie Tessnair says:

    I enjoyed reading about Beth.I love her books and have been wanting to read this one.Please enter me,I would love to win it.Thanks…jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

  50. Carol Carman says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview and answers. I’m with YOU on the Mexican food. Having moved from Texas some 30 years ago to Arkansas was almost a culture shock, because we couldn’t find any authentic, delicious Mexican food anywhere near us. Thankfully, that’s changed over the years.
    Be blessed!

  51. Juanita Cook says:

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for a chance at winning.

  52. karenk says:

    a wonderful posting/interview…thanks for the chance to read beth’s latest novel 🙂

  53. Sharma Darby says:

    I love Beth’s books and would love to win this one. Sharma Darby rdarby@roadrunner.com

  54. Cindy Adams says:

    I can’t wait to read “The House That Love Built”by Beth and “The Letters” by you, Suzanne. It would be fantastic to win!