Author Spotlight: Emily Freeman


 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 Lisa T. Bergren is Sharon Miller! Please email with your mailing address!

This week we are featuring Emily Freeman!  To win a copy of her new book, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live (Revell, 2013) leave a comment on this post.

emily-pTell us a little about your new book . . .

My newest book is called A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live.

It isn’t about painting or singing, although I believe painters and singers will relate with this book. Instead, uncovering your art is about being fully human in the presence of God and others.

The first thing we know about God is that he created. And the first thing he says about us is we were made in his image. This book, then, is simply a companion for anyone who wants to explore what they uniquely have to offer the world.

We might not see ourselves as artists, but we are — in so many unexpected ways. In what we create, whether poetry or pie, calligraphy or conversation. It’s about uncovering the shape of your soul, turning down the voice of the inner critic, and moving into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are.

How can readers find you and your books?

I write daily-ish on my blog — Chatting at the Sky — so you can always find me there. The books are available at Barnes and Noble, DaySpring, Amazon, LifeWay, really anywhere. If your local bookstore doesn’t carry it, you can always request it.

Why do you write?

But if you don’t want to watch that, here is my most basic answer:

Writing has always been my way of processing life. Writing helps me both to see and to listen.

Where we are right now is not all we’ll ever be. We live, notice, hope, remember and trip over the middle. We love in the middle. And the middle is where we write. I write to make the world better than it is: to see the gifts, to find the beauty, to hide the ugliness, and also to face it.

Right this moment, what does your office look like?

Right this moment, my office is a hotel room desk in Greenville, South Carolina. I have 2 candy wrappers beside my laptop on one side and a roll of duct tape on the other side (I brought it here with me to get the lint off my black pants. It works well, incase you were wondering).

Since writing has become a bigger part of my ministry and career, I’ve had to learn to stop waiting for ideal circumstances to write and learn to sit down and get the words out even when it doesn’t seem like a good time. This is one of those times for me – writing from a hotel room during a conference where I’ll be speaking later.

Million-Little-Ways-268x400How would you describe your writing style to a reader?

I create space for souls to breathe.

If you could write any book—on any topic—and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be?

Some kind of fictional book – with a little bit of magic and whimsy. Oh wait, did I just say that out loud? Oops. I admire writers of fiction. I think they are genius.

Ever had a bad review? How did you handle it?

Sure, I’ve had reviews that were discouraging. I talked to Ann Voskamp about them and she said Never let the good reviews go to your head or the bad ones go to your heart. I thought that was pretty good advice.

What’s one thing you learned about the publishing industry in last five years? Last year? Last six months?

Five years ago I didn’t know anything about publishing. I had never published anything besides my own blog posts. I attended my first writing conference during the summer of 2008 and since then have had three books published. I feel a little bit crazy, if you want to know the truth, and look forward to this next year to take a bit of a book-writing break.

Are you an introvert? Extrovert? In between?

I’m an extroverted introvert. I get energy from being alone, but deeply enjoy people. I tend to gravitate toward smaller groups, quiet corners, and deep conversation. Big groups don’t scare me, I just prefer to watch when things start to get loud.

Do you enjoy public speaking as an author? Why or why not?

One of the reasons I was terrified to write books at the beginning was because I assumed I had to become A Very Polished Professional Speaker and that just isn’t me. I thought maybe my publisher would require me to speak a certain number of times a year or something. They do not.

It’s true, speaking is a great way to get your message out, to meet people, and to sell books. But it isn’t the only way. I am learning to enjoy speaking more and more as opportunities come up, but I feel released from the pressure to do it a certain way. I am learning to offer myself fully as myself, even when I’m holding a microphone. I’m finding my courage in this area and it feels right.

But I’m always going to be a homebody and prefer to stay home if given the choice. I have a lot to learn, but I’m learning at my own pace and giving myself the freedom to try things and learn as I go.


Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to my email updates, or follow me on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, or Instagram.

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.


  1. What a delightful interview with Emily Freeman! I love the video and hearing Emily explain why she writes; it is a beautiful message!

  2. Melanie Backus says:

    Thank you for bringing Emily to my attention. I intend to look deeper into my inner soul and see what I can offer.

  3. Amy says:

    I think this sounds like a really interesting book. I’d love to read it!

  4. Jean Smith says:

    Can’t wait to read this book, sounds wonderful!

  5. Barbara Calder says:

    This book sounds like a great one to sit back and enjoy and reflect on . I would love to read it and then pass it on to my son who is in college.

  6. Jackie McNutt says:

    Thank you for sharing the interview with Emily. I have never thought of myself as an artist but her words touched my heart and I’m going to take some time to really think of what I am creating and also what I allow God to create in me. I am not sure I will always like what I see in my own life picture. I thank her for an extremely useful and creative book, I plan to add to my reading list.

  7. Sparkle says:

    Thanks for the introduction to this author~ taking a deeper look into myself to see what I may have to offer to someone. Thanks for a chance to win.

  8. Susan Stitch says:

    What a fabulous concept for a book! I love the creativity and endless imagination of God. After all, he could have made all flowers identical and could have caused green leaves to just turn brown and fall off. Yet he created an infinite number of beautiful options for us to enjoy. I’m fascinated by Emily’s description of her writing style — I could so use some breathing space for my soul. Thank you for a wonderful interview and for sharing her new book.

  9. Diane Hurd says:

    can’t wait to read more from her.

  10. Tea Norman says:

    The video is so inspiring. I identify wholeheartedly with Emily Freeman’s thoughts about herself. The older I become the clearer the world of me becomes. I am “a mess” too. I am made up of so many “contradictions.” It shames me. I need to write. Then, perhaps I could move forward with the Lord’s help and become a better me. I would truly like to win and read her book.

  11. Susan Campbell says:

    It sounds like a great book.

  12. KT Sweet says:

    Thank you for the inspirational insights into a writer’s life, Emily and Suzanne!

  13. Robyn L says:

    very enjoyable interview; I love this: and moving into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are.

  14. Sonja says:

    Nice interview. Very nice thoughts. I am excited to read a book that opens up the real “Art” in our lives. And the beauty we can create from within, as well. It sounds like a beautiful book to enlighten each of us!

  15. Two things jumped out at me from your interview, Emily. Loved your description about being an extroverted introvert! And loved Ann Voskamp’s advice to you about book reviews. Spot on! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with my readers. Blessings to you in this important work! Warmly, Suzanne

  16. Michelle T. says:

    I read Emily’s first book, and it was amazing! I like to call it a life-changing book! Thank you for a chance to win her new book. 🙂

  17. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win

  18. Vicky D says:

    Sounds like an amazing book! Would love to win!

  19. Very interesting interview Suzanne. And glad to meet another author. This sounds like a good book to have. Please put my name in the drawing.

  20. barbara says:

    Would love to win this book, i can see myself reading it and high lighting most if not all of it.

  21. Ellen Shullaw says:

    Sounds like a great way to spend a nice winter week-end reading this book.

  22. This was a very nice interview with Emily….have not read any of her books but this sounds like a very inspirational book. Would love to win it.

  23. Patti Thiele says:

    Enjoyable interview. And the book sounds very interesting. Would love to win it.

  24. Angie Carroll says:

    I always want to do what God has called me to be and do no matter if it is out of my comfort zone!

  25. Sharon French says:

    I would so love to have a copy of this book. Love the Amish and the wisdom they have.

  26. Rachel Lepree says:

    Thanks for this information, I would love to win this book.

  27. Susan Fletcher says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  28. Veronica Sandberg says:

    so want to win this great book

  29. MS Barb says:

    Sounds like a life changing book! Yes, definitely need to check this one out!

  30. Darlene E says:

    Suzanne you rock and so do your interviews!

  31. Your mode of telling the whole thing in this post is really
    good, every one can simply be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

  32. This page truly has all of the info I needed about this subject and didn’t know
    who to ask.

  33. says:

    Hi there, I believe your blog could be having
    internet browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your blog in Safari,
    it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
    Aside from that, excellent site!

  34. After looking into a few of the blog artiles on your website, I
    truly appreciate your way of blogging. I
    book-marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future.
    Take a look at my website as well and let me know what you think.

  35. I always used to read paragraph in news papers but now as I
    am a user of web thus from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

  36. you’re in point of fact a good webmaster.

    The site loading velocity is incredible. It sort of feels that you’re doing any unique trick.
    Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you’ve performed
    a wonderful job on this subject!

  37. Fine way of explaining, and good piece of writing
    to take data concerning my presentation topic, which i am going
    to present in institution of higher education.

  38. I enjoy what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and
    coverage! Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve incorporated you
    guys to blogroll.

  39. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?

    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a
    hard time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution
    and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design
    seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  40. Luke says:

    It’s an awesome paragraph for all the internet viewers; they will get advantage from
    it I am sure.

  41. Where to buy Predators home jersey usa online

  42. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab
    inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  43. I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to be
    utilizing? I\’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest blog and I\’d like to find something more secure.
    Do you have any recommendations?

  44. Thanks in support of sharing such a pleasant idea, article is good, thats why i have read it fully