AUTHOR INTERVIEW | BEYOND HER CALLING by KELLYN ROTH

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I have a very exciting author interview with Kellyn Roth today, in celebration of her new release, Beyond Her Calling! Let’s jump right in because you’re going to love this!

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At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?

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AUTHOR BIO

Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen. Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.

Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/

SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 20th

Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Author Interview // Molly @ A Sparkle of Light

Review // Lisa @ Inkwell

Review & Character Interview (Jordy) // Amie @ Crazy A

Character Interview (Ivy) // Jo @ The Lens and the Hard Drive

Book Spotlight // Annie @ Letters from Annie Douglass Lima

Sunday, October 21st

Theme Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Guest Post by Character (Ivy) & Review // Grace M. Morris

Book Spotlight // Erika Messer @ Maiden of the Pages

Author Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Monday, October 22nd

Ivy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Character Interview (Ivy) // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing

Review // Andrea Cox @ Writing to Inspire

Character Interview (Jordy) // Liz @ Home with the Hummingbirds

Author & Character Interview (Violet) // Julia @ Julia’s Creative Corner

Review & Character Spotlight (Ivy) // Caroline Kloster @ Inside the Autistic Life

Tuesday, October 23rd

Jordy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Author Interview // Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations

Review & Guest Post // Cara @ Jessie Bingham

Guest Post // Lindsi @ One Beginner To Another

Character Spotlight (Ena) // Shannon McDermott @ Shannon’s Blog

Wednesday, October 24th

Violet Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Guest Post // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia

Review // Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks

Thursday, October 25th

Real Life Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn Gidman @ PageTurners

Author Interview // Sara Willoughby @ Th!nk Magazine

Review // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post by Character (Violet) // Peggy M. McAloon @ Peggy’s Hope 4U

Friday, October 26th

Future Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Review // Katherine Brown Books

Review // Bella Putt

Saturday, October 27th

Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Character Interview & Spotlight (Jordy) // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Book Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ

GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Beyond Her Calling!

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INTERVIEW

While writing Beyond Her Calling, which character could you strongly relate to?

Honestly, I didn’t relate greatly to Ivy or Jordy. Both of them were loosely based off two of my friends (in real life), and neither of my friends are very like me – nor are their struggles. Jordy is a bit more like me in thought process, though, hehe.

I probably related most strongly to Ena Owen. Ena and I deal with grief in the same way, for one – we get really upset, then we’re mostly okay with it afterwards. We’re both no-nonsense with children, as well, though not without leaving room for creativity (as long as it’s within reason, haha). And I like to think I’m a wise as she is. *gives the rest of the world a condescending glare*

As an historical fiction author, what kind of research do you do, and how long do you research before writing your story?

At this point, I’m honestly just researching a few specifics related to random things for each story and leaving the rest to chance/my former knowledge of the era. When entering a new era, I’ll read a combination of books (fiction and nonfiction) about it or written during it, do a ton of Google searches, ask a gazillion questions of my history nerd (meant as a compliment) friends, etc. But by now, I really understand the Victorian era fairly well.
 
Also, I don’t do a ton of research prior to writing. I like to begin my research in the 2nd or 3rd draft – especially since most of what I need to research are little details that don’t matter at first. (I suppose when people ask me the plotter vs. pantser question I should say, “Plotter … up to a point.” 😉
 
For Beyond Her Calling, I did some research on medical degrees, bipolar disorder, and regions of Scotland then watched five YouTube videos/read a couple blogs on Scottish accents while writing and called it good until the second draft!
 

What was the most difficult thing about writing Beyond Her Calling?

I’m very tempted to say the Scottish accents. Those were hard to pin down! How much do you write? Is the dialect correct for the region? Will the reader even be able to decipher what they’re saying? It was a delicate balance.
 
But I think it was also very hard to portray a grownup Ivy. At least, it took me a while to pin it down!

Do you write each novel as a standalone, or do you feel the series could be more appreciated as a whole?

My goal with my stories – all of them! – is to write novels that a person could pick off a bookshelf, regardless of what order, and enjoy. I think the books before it and even after it will deepen peoples’ understandings of the characters, but I think the books can be equally enjoyed as standalones as they can as series.

When your readers finish Beyond Her Calling, what’s one thing you pray they take from the story?

A desire to read the next book by me? 😉
 
Seriously, though, I hope they take away that everyone is valuable and beloved by God and everyone can succeed at whatever they put their mind to IF they’re relying on Jesus Christ as their strength. But … our plans may not be His, of course, and we need to accept that (as we found out in At Her Fingertips).
 
In truth, I’ve been enjoying exploring different aspects of God’s plans for us in this series! It’s a heavy theme, but it’s not a particularly dark one, which is a nice as the next two books in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy will feature some challenging topics, including but not limited to adultery, miscarriage/stillborn children, suicidal thoughts and extreme depression, and the forgiveness and/or healing aftermath. Let’s just say I have my work cut out for me if I’m going to portray these in a Christ-like manner!

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If you’re interested in Beyond Her Calling, I will tell you it is one the sweetest books you’ll read. I definitely enjoyed the characters and setting!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit the rest of the blog stops!

God bless,

– Ang

HAVE YOU READ BEYOND HER CALLING? DO YOU WANT TO? IT IS ALMOST CHRISTMAS, SO BELIEVE ME, THIS IS THE PERFECT GIFT!

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PERFECTION

“No one will even read this. It’s terrible.”

“Someone will.” His voice was gentle, comforting. “Not every heart will need to hear these words, but even if it is just one… You will have glorified the King.”

Glorify the King. That’s what I wanted to do. Why else would I pour and weep over words on paper? Why else would I carve out worlds that the naked eye couldn’t see? Why else would the Creator give me imagination, or give me characters as if the were my heroes and friends?

“You’re words are not meant to pass away…” He picked up the wrinkled wad of paper from the dusty floor, smoothing it out on my desk. “God hasn’t given you a voice just so that you can ignore it because it hurts sometimes.”

“How can I be sure they’re right? What if the words are all wrong?” I asked, forcing my voice to be steady, but that question weighed in my heart like a stone.

“You can’t.” His blue eyes shown. “That’s the beauty of it all. There is not a truly perfect thing on this vast, stunning, complex world… There is no perfect piece of art or work that comes from a human’s hands. Only God is flawless. You’ll never be sure your words are perfect. Perfection does not equal good…” Indicating the paper before me, he smiled one of his warmest smiles. “To glorify God, strive to do so. Don’t strive for perfection.”

I stared at the blank piece of paper worn with wrinkles. “You have a lot of faith in me.”

“I’ve seen your face when you get a new idea, or see something that reminds you of one of your characters…” He crossed his arm against his chest. “You’ve got things to tell… and there will be people that need to hear you. Even if it’s just one.” A smirk. “Though I doubt it’s just one.”

Faith. I had faith in God’s Gift. And I’d glorify Him with it. Even if my words weren’t perfect.

 

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A few years ago, I read a book that briefly touched the subject of how there were a tribe of Native Americans that always left one flaw in their work. Be it a beautiful woven art piece, etc, they always made one mistake. This was done to remind them that only Creator was capable of perfection.

While I’ve forgotten which tribe this was (though I’ll be trying to find the answer!), this has stuck with me for a long time. Why? Because all I ever see is people striving for perfection. We don’t want to give God the honor of being Perfect. We want to achieve perfection ourselves.

And we can’t. We truly can’t. No many how many art classes you take, you won’t be a perfect artist. No matter how many books you write, you won’t be a perfect author. No matter how many times you practice a kata, you won’t be perfect.

God doesn’t want perfection. He wants us to seek Him. Honor Him. We can do that by having a heart for Him, no matter what we do, or how good we’re good at the task. There is beauty in doing so!

God bless,

– Ang

 

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE INDIAN TRIBE’S TRADITION? ARE YOU A PERFECTIONIST?

EXCITING UPDATES

I have updates!

 

Exciting updates!

 

Or do I?

 

I DO! This is a ‘what’s going on in Angie’s life and how can she cram that into a fun post’ thing, mixed with important and fun updates! Sounds great, yes, friend?

 

— SIBLING NIGHT OUT!

Last night (Sunday), Tory, Kody, and I went to the movies to see Venom! It was way better than I anticipated and struck some inspiration for Biblical talk. We also dressed for the occasional — all black! — but Kody wore a black guy’s necklace, ha!

I gave Venom 4/5 stars and you can read my review (which doesn’t contain a content guide, since it is PG-13) here: VENOM REVIEW

 

— TRENCH IS OUT.

I bought it today (and stayed up till 12 AM when it first released, ha). It is so beautiful. My Dad listened to some of the songs with me and he really loved them. Twenty One Pilots has meant a great deal to me for over 3 years now and this album did not disappoint. I also will never be over the music video for My Blood.

 

— DRIVING.

And I’m still alive. Ha. My glasses have completely helped my eyes so it doesn’t give me a head ache to drive anymore.

 

— PACKING THINGS.

The update on our house situation is — we have not sold anything yet. But God is going to take care of us! We’re seeking God’s will and trying to be wise in the steps we take. Right now, that includes lots of packing and storage stuff. We’ll be living in 2 RVs and a school bus (which we’ll renovate!) until we move and are able to build another house.

 

— EDITING SEEK!

I have the world’s best betas, y’all. Seriously. My betas have offered helpful critique, kind words, grammar help, and reminded my characters cannot be in two places at once and only have two hands, haha! I kind of expected editing to be a nightmare, but compared to the alpha read, it really has not been as bad as I thought.

 

— SCHOOL.

I like school but let’s just leave it at I do not like having to draw the insides of a dissected worm.

 

— PLANS FOR JUMP.

I’m not doing NaNo this November because I’ll be finishing Seek for publishing. However, this November, I will try to be jotting down notes for JUMP’s revision. I have plans to submit JUMP to a publishing company and, in 2019, will be taking steps to accomplish that goal.

 

— AWAITING OKTOBERFEST.

It’s in one week and I LOVE THE OKTOBERFEST, Y’ALL. Funnel cakes, lots of books to browse through, junk, more junk, shiny things, happy people, silly people, weirdos, slushees, grass to sit in, trees turning golden — all of it and more in one stretch of road! It is fabulous.

 

— I AM OFFERING EDITORIAL SERVICES!

You heard me, friend! I’m now offering editorial services and consulting. You can take a look at the details on my new SERVICES page! I’m eager to work with fellow writers!

 

— EXCITING PROJECT WITH KELLYN ROTH!

In short, we’re putting together a business that offers affordable services to Indie authors! To find out MUCH more, check us out on Facebook! We’re in the works of getting our website up, so I’ll announce that when it happens. 🙂

 

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That’s all for now, y’all! God bless.

– Ang

 

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO?! SEEN ANY GOOD MOVIES? LET’S CHAT!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW | FATE OF THE WATCHMAN by CHAD PETTIT

I am participating in the blog tour for a supernatural novella that looks SUPER COOL so let’s get right to it! I will be sharing a neat author interview with y’all!

THE FATE OF THE WATCHMAN

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“Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novella, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.”

Add it on Goodreads

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

Twitter: @pettit_chad
Facebook: ChadPettit.Writer
Instagram: @chad_pettit_

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

 

What inspired you to write Fate of the Watchman, and in what way was this inspiration different from previous projects?

It’s actually difficult to talk about. I am, like many people, prone to apathy. I get so caught up in my own life that I fail to see the needs of others. I had also fallen into a rut of “punch the clock Christianity.” I was showing up, but I wasn’t living the life. I decided to write a story about a guy that had gone to the extremes of this, and it fit well with a short story idea I wrote in high school about time stopping for all but one man.

As far as being different than my other projects, I don’t know that it is. I write from a place of pain that has been healed, that vulnerable spot that taps into things I’ve been through. I express these experiences through extremes, but my heart is woven into every bit of what I write.

What spiritual lessons did God teach you while writing Fate of the Watchman?

I think it’s more of a better understanding of truths I already knew but needed to connect with on a more personal level. Reflecting on the story, I have been thinking lately about Jesus looking out over the multitude and having compassion on them (Matthew 9:36). He wanted to serve them because he was touched with the feeling of their infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). I also learned that prayer is valuable, yet we often put little value in it.

What supernatural Biblical references did you find most helpful when writing this novella?

This book and the next are strongly influenced by the riders in Zechariah that have been “sent to walk to and fro through the earth” (1:10). I have always thought of these as a watcher caste of angels, and I believe they may still be among us.

Was it difficult writing the main character of Lester Sharp?

Very. It took a long time, and he went through a lot of changes over the past five years. I wanted a character who would deliver the message without being didactic, but exploring his character was challenging to my own.

What do you pray your readers will walk away with upon reading your book?

I pray that hearts are burdened for others, but I also hope it is a unique burden for every reader. What I’ve tried to do with this book is point to many needs and allow each person to be impacted in his or her own way. We can’t all go to the same places and minister to the same people. For me it was doing more to help persecuted Christians, which is part of the reason I’m donating 50% of my royalties to Voice of the Martyrs.

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Winner will receive an ebook copy of the book!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

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That’s all for today, folks! 🙂

– Ang

 

DOES IT SOUND COOL OR WHAT? DO YOU ENJOY SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS?

 

DON’T STOP LOVING

 
There are moments when it hits you how precious life is.
Like when I, time after time, go to look into one of our horse fields, only to not see the horses I expect to see. After years of seeing certain furry faces staring back at me, it still is strange to not see all of them.
I don’t think twice when I look. So often, we don’t. We get used to things being a certain way, for years.
But one day, it changes.
Life is a gift that we must never forget to be grateful for. Yeah, life is painful. Stressful. Those two words hold different weight to everyone: maybe we’re in physical, constant pain. Or maybe a dear loved one is suffering and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Maybe we have no control over finances (which always seem to be a source of strife).
I’m sure every one of us can make a list of our pains, struggles, stresses, etc.
But are we making a list of blessings just as diligently?
Are we taking delight in the ‘small’, ‘mundane’ things? What about the neverending sky full of huge stars that the Master of Heaven created — do we take time to look up and see it? Do we take time out of our busy list of chores to go give a family member a hug?
These things we’re too busy or stressed out to notice, won’t always be there. And maybe this is something you hear all the time, it becomes dust to your ears: don’t take things for granted.
God didn’t put us on this earth to work ourselves to death. He gave us beauty so we can praise Him for it and rejoice! He gifted us with love from fellow humans because He wants us to have companionship. Are we rejoicing in all the gifts He’s given us? Or are we too worried to open our hearts? After all, everything has to end, right? If we let ourselves go freely to the Lord and strive to find reasons to rejoice, what happens when our hearts are broken? What happens when the pain knocks us down and bloodies our knees? How can we dance then? Why bother dancing at all, when pain and sorrow is sure to come?

 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. – 1st John 4:7-8

God created us to love Him. That’s a choice we have to make. But when we choose to live for Him, we choose to love. But that’s something easy to forget, isn’t it? To love deeply is dangerous. But God calls His people to be bold as lions! That doesn’t mean we have to be clawing and roaring all the time. Sometimes, being bold is opening our hearts up.
Never forget to love. It hurts to lose things, and sometimes, it hurts to love (people don’t always return love). But God didn’t create us to just exist. He created us to love.
So, don’t stop looking, just because the fields are changed. Love what’s in front of you. Maybe that will change one day — goodbyes are painful. But they’re beautiful, too.  To see such changes in life as good things is a choice we have to make. Rejoicing in Jesus despite anything isn’t something that comes natural. Humans are sinful by nature, after all. But making that choice, to rejoice, no matter how much our hearts may break? That’s boldness. That’s pleasing the Lord. Life is a precious gift from God and we can’t forget that.
God bless,
– Ang