Author Spotlight: Betsy St. Amant


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 the last Author Spotlight giveaway is CHARIS! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.


Welcome Betsy St. Amant, author of All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book!

Betsy 2Share a little bit about yourself:

I’m 30 thirty years old, a single mom to a six-year-old girl, and work full time. I’m definitely of the “squeeze in as much writing as I can when I can” variety. ☺

And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest…

I write contemporary romance and have a YA with Barbour with a strong romance thread that released January 2012, Addison Blakely, Confessions of a PK. 

How did you get started writing? Did you have a dream of being a published author?  

I’ve been writing since I was about seven years old! It’s been in my blood my entire life. I always dreamed to be a published author one day and realized it was time to get serious about it when I turned eighteen. I started going to writers’ conferences and learning the craft of fiction, and the rest is history!

After you started writing seriously–how long was it before you were published?

I started going to conferences and making a serious effort toward publication when I was about eighteen years old. I acquired my agent when I was about twenty-three, and received my first traditional contract when I was twenty-four.

Do you have any favorite places and routines when you write? How many hours a day do you spend writing?

I love to write at the Starbucks nook inside my local Barnes & Noble. I also occasionally will write from my grandmother’s church library, where she volunteers—it’s the same church I grew up in as a child, and while I don’t attend there today, it holds so many fun memories. I just enjoy writing surrounded by books of any sort, be it a library or a bookstore. I don’t get to spend an set number of hours a day writing, as I have a full-time day job, but I try to do as much as I can when I can. If I had my wish, I’d write full time. One day!

What has been the biggest help to you in the journey to publication? Writers’ conferences? Writing groups? Your mom as your first draft reader?

The biggest help in my writing journey has definitely consisted of the support of my mom and grandmother (my biggest fans!) as well as the professional industry I was blessed to be able to surround myself in. Author Gayle Roper introduced me to the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), and after I joined and began attending their conferences and networking, everything changed and progressed quickly. I owe so much to the ACFW and the authors who encouraged me and mentored me along the way. It’s now a blessing to me to be in a position to help other new authors along that same path! Pay it forward ☺

Is the “writer’s life” what you thought it would be?

Yes and no. I guess I never realized how high the high’s would be, and how low the low’s would be, if that makes sense. The rejections always stung a lot worse than I expected, but the new contracts and the sales and the endorsements at the same time felt even better than I expected. I think the key is finding the balance, and not allowing either extreme to define you.

What are your biggest distractions?

Life in general. As a single mom, I always have my daughter on my brain, whether she is in my custody or with her father. I also have freelance side jobs to help make ends meet, which take up some of my “free” time (what’s that, anyway??). My day job carries a lot of responsibility, and sometimes it’s hard to shake that off at the end of the day and switch over into writing mode. I also just came out of a very trying divorce, which consumed a lot more of my emotional and creative energy than I ever expected. It’s been a really rough few years, but God is bringing me through it and making me stronger, and therefore, making my stories stronger. It will all be for His glory!

What was one of the best moments in your career and what was one of the worst?

I think of the best moments was getting the call that I had just acquired a contract with Zondervan Publishers, a division of Harper Collins. My dream house! Was a true dream come true and in a time in my life when everything else was falling apart. God saved that blessing for the opportune moment, to be sure. If I had to pick a “worst” moment of my career, it was probably my first pitch session to an editor. I was too new to the craft to be pitching my work at a conference, but I was “going big or going home”! I totally bombed my pitch and embarrassed myself, but the editor was so sweet spirited. I was disappointed afterward, but it taught me a lot about not rushing God’s timing.

What do you least like about being a writer? Most like?

The lack of time to devote to my writing is my least favorite element of this job! That’s a real struggle for me right now, but God is teaching me how to prioritize and overcome. It’s a work in progress. What I really love, though, are those moments when it all comes together, and the words flow off your fingers onto the page, and it’s one of those “aha “ moments where you know God is involved.

What is the role and importance of an agent?

I absolutely adore my agent, and wouldn’t be where I am now without her. I signed with Tamela Hancock Murray, who is now part of the Steve Laube Agency (formerly with Hartline Agency) in 2007, and we’ve been partners in crime ever since. She is my biggest cheerleader, encourager, industry-mom, and go-to for anything I need. Not only does she handle the professional angle of things for me, she checks on me and my daughter frequently and never hesitates to ask how she can pray for us. She is crucial ☺

What advice would you give to new writers?All's Fair

Never give up! You never know what breakthrough is around the corner. If you quit sending those submissions out, you will be guaranteed to never get published. So go for your dreams, pray them up, and do your best. Then you’ll have no regrets.

Pretend I’m a customer at a bookstore looking for a good book. Give me a one or two sentence promo to convince me to buy your book.

If you had to describe yourself as a cupcake flavor, what would it be? Kat Varland is sick of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, and thinks she might have just found her very own dark chocolate cherry gauache masterpiece in her best guy friend, Lucas Brannen…

What’s on the book horizon for you?

I’m currently finishing up the sequel to All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes, titled Love Arrives in Pieces. It’s set to release May 2015 and then I’ll be moving on to a novella contract with Zondervan, which will be a part of a new bridal series releasing next year.

Last question, how can readers find you and your books?

I love connecting with readers! My website is and I am also on Facebook under the author page Betsy St. Amant. I hang out on Twitter at @betsystamant and also blog at

My books are available through all the mainstream avenues – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. and also available in both print and e-book.

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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. Linda Knott says:

    As always, I enjoyed this author highlight on Betsy St. Amant. She sounds like a sweet young gal who has her head on straight and her goals in place. I’d love to win a copy of her book and check out her writing.

  2. Beth Russo says:

    I do actually sometimes judge a book by its cover, and this looks adorable. After reading about Betsy, it makes me really want to pick up a copy, read it, and share it! Count me in ~ 🙂

  3. Ane Mulligan says:

    I met Betsy early in her career and adopted her! Not as a mentor but simply as a friend to this sweet woman. And Betsy, I’m so proud of you in so many ways. Your writing, definitely, but your faith has grown and you’re one great mama. I’m one of your biggest fans. 🙂

  4. julie p says:

    I would love to win this one. I am a lover of cupcakes. I am curious about the books.

  5. Fern Lonce says:

    I love to read a book by a new writer.

  6. Debbie Carnes (Carney) says:

    This is nice getting to know a bit about the author , it makes you want to read the books even more then before

  7. Clauda Thompson says:

    I enjoyed reading your interview. I know your book will be just as interesting. Thanks.

  8. Marsha says:

    I love reading the Author Spotlight. I would love to read this book. The title had me at “cupcakes”.

  9. sheila groves says:

    I would love to win your book. Book stores and libraries are my get away distress kinds of places. It would be my all time wished for job. But God has not seen fit yo put my in such a job yet so I toil at my current job so that I can read in my spare time. Love cupcake books.

  10. Mary P says:

    I have always loved to read. My mom used to buy me books and take me to the library. I would love to win this book!

  11. Teish says:

    This looks like such a cute book! I really appreciate the behind the scenes peek at Betsy’s writing career too. It’s encouraging to read that sort if thing. 🙂

  12. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win

  13. Linda C says:

    How interesting. And, a lovely young author it appears is on the horizon for us to enjoy. would so love to win this very interesting title.

  14. Kelly says:

    Thanks for your insight into the writing/publishing world! What a sweet cover!

  15. Mary says:

    Would love to get copy of the book! Love to be in a book centered environment. I tend to think of B and N as a library (I always buy)! LOL Mary

  16. Vera Wilson says:

    Sounds like a great author. Such an early age to know that writing is what she wanted to do. Would love to win her book.

  17. Mary says:

    Love to hear about new books and writers. The cover is so cute too!

  18. Sonja says:

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    I think it is great being such a young mom and finding a writing career. I wish you lots of success. I loved writing as a child, too. And although it isn’t my career, I use that to do many facets of my job.

  19. Ruth Smith says:

    Hi Suzanne, thanks for the interview with Betsy St. Amant ! What an inspiration she is! Only 30 yrs old, single Mom, working full time and writing such wonderful sounding novels!! I certainly wish her all the success in the world with her career and everything else she undertakes as it sounds like she is very active and likes to explore different things! I love the title to this book, All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes!”……so cute!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! Blessings to you both!!

  20. Sandy Porter says:

    I must say what caught my eye was the title of the book. I really did enjoy reading about the author, Betsy St Amant. Getting to know the authors as well as we do on the internet is a lot of fun!! Thanks for letting us to get to know new authors. Always room for more books!!

  21. Emma says:

    wonderful interview.I am looking forward to reading All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes.Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.

  22. Deanna S says:

    Enjoyed the interview, Waiting on God’s timing is sometimes very difficult, but so worth the wait 🙂 Would enjoy reading your book!

  23. Linda McFarland says:

    Great interview! I enjoyed meeting Betsy St. Amant. The cover on the book makes me hungry for cupcakes and the ‘tease’ made me want to read the book! Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity! Linda

  24. valerie monschien laux says:

    i would love to win


    Fantastic interview Suzanne!

    I know just what you mean about trying to find writing time! You know what people say about having more free time when you have two kids… yeah that’s not true. LOL!

    I LOVE the sound of your book! Only one problem… I WANT that cupcake! It looks positively delectable!

    Thank you for sharing a little of your story! God bless!

  26. Connie Roberts says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book, I would definitely buy it based on those two sentences, especially when it involves chocolate! Thanks for sharing your story!

  27. sharon says:

    An interesting interview. Thanks for this wonderful feature. and giveaway.

  28. Linda Kish says:

    This sounds like an interesting story that I would enjoy reading. Sometimes I get tired of my vanilla life.

  29. Pat Thompson says:

    This sounds like an interesting author. I would love to read her book.

  30. Merry Z says:

    I love cupcakes these days, so Betsy’s book sounds wonderful! Please add me to the drawing. Thanks.

  31. Thanks for all the details. Would so love to read this. Thanks for the chance!

  32. Renee says:

    Great interview! Would love to win this book.

  33. Thanks for having me Suzanne!!! 🙂

  34. Crissy Yoder Shamion says:

    Love to bake. The cover is super cute! Thanks for the contest.

  35. Dana Kamstra says:

    Thanks for the wonderful interview and giveaway!

  36. Sherril McGann says:

    Your books sounds delightful. I love to read fiction without all the worldly stuff that non-Christian fiction has in it.

  37. Vivian Vereeke says:

    Great interview. I love to read about the lives of authors. Your book sounds really good too. I’d love to win a copy.

  38. Lori P says:

    Loved the interview! I always enjoy meeting knew authors. Thank you 🙂

  39. Roxanna S. Ford says:

    All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes sounds like a wonderful young adult read. And although I am no longer a young adult, I continue to love to read ya novels as well as childrens books. Continued blessings as you write for a generation that needs to hear the gospel desperately.

  40. Sierra Faith says:

    Looks like a great book!!

  41. Karen Cushing says:

    This was a great interview. Wow. A writer, a single mom and a full time job. That is awesome. I loved reading about the places that you like to write and I would love to read your book.

  42. meg says:

    Wonderful interview Your book sounds absolutely delicious Reading has always been my passion. Hope to get a chance to read your book Sounds like my cup of tea =)

  43. Linda Morgan says:

    I enjoyed reading about Betsy St. Amant and what she had to say about her experience in writing and becoming published. I have a teenage daughter who has been writing since she was seven years old…she’s self-published and is now looking toward the traditional publishing route, so reading about the experiences of other writer’s is helping us in this new avenue. Thanks for the entry into this contest…I think both my daughter and I would love to read this book. (My daughter also has a passion for cooking and baking – cupcakes being her favorite!)

  44. Looks like a great book to unwind with on the weekend with a cup of coffee and a cupcake.

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  47. Debbie Hazelton says:

    Just looking at the cover makes me want to read it.

  48. Martha Peace says:

    I Love Your Books,Would Love to win ,Thanks

  49. Sue Plemons says:

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