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There’s this fun blog hop that’s been going around amongst authors and I’ve been tagged!

By the fabulously talented Dani Pettrey, I might add.

Do you know her?

I think everybody knows Dani, and if you don’t, you really should. She’s a best-selling author of romantic suspense and an all-around fabulous person. I had the privilege of debuting alongside Dani in May of 2012 when her debut novel, Submerged, and my debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, hit shelves at the same time.

To read Dani’s answers to the questions below, hop on over to Dani’s blog!

What am I currently working on?

I recently received editorial notes for my fourth novel, The Art of Losing Yourself, which will release in February of 2015. Which means I’ll be inside my deep, dark editing cave for a good month or two. I’m also in the midst of plotting another novella that will release in October of 2015 (my first novella, An October Bride, releases this fall).

A fun side project I’ve been working on whenever I have the time has been a Young Adult paranormal/dystopian-esque trilogy called The Gifting. I just finished book 2 and have sent it to beta readers to see if it’s any good. Writing outside my genre has been a great way to refuel my creativity.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Do I write romance or women’s fiction? I think the answer to that depends on who you ask. There’s plenty of romance in my novels, but my characters also have that deeper, inner journey often found in women’s fiction. Hopefully, when you pick up a Katie Ganshert novel, you will find an appealing and unique mixture of the two.

Why do I write what I do?

I write romance because it makes me giddy. I love creating the tension and the chemistry. Every time my hero and heroine fall in love, I feel like I’m falling in love all over again and anybody who’s ever fallen in love knows what a fun feeling that can be! I give my characters that deeper inner journey, because to me, that’s the story’s heartbeat. That’s the meat. Creating those journeys keeps me on my knees, which is where I always want to be. There’s no way I could write those journeys authentically without God paving the way.

How does your writing process work?

I’m a big plotter. My writing process starts with a character or a scene or a question I want to explore, and from there I build. I come up with a story goal and conflict. I flesh out the characters. I figure out the major plot points of the novel (opening disturbance, the point of no return, the climax, the black moment). And then I get out the note cards. I jot down ideas for scenes and play around with the order of things until I have a cohesive story line. Once the story is plotted, I write a fast and furious rough (and I do mean ROUGH) draft. Take a breather, then dive in for edits. My first draft is so sloppy that it’s often unrecognizable by the time I’m ready to turn the manuscript into my editor.

And now it’s my turn to tag someone…

Tag, you’re it Ronie Kendig!

It’s fun being sandwiched between two incredibly talented suspense authors. Ronie is not only a good friend (who I get hang out with on Wednesday), she’s a phenomenal writer! Hop on over to Ronie’s blog to read her answers to these same questions!

Katie
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Wishing on Willows Devotional: Moments

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Excerpt from book:

I had this terrifying thought that something could happen. That moments were fleeting and with the snap of a finger, he could be gone. ~Robin Price, Wishing on Willows

Devotional:

It’s hard to believe that my son will be off to kindergarten in the fall. Something about this milestone, more than any other, has me pondering the speed with which time travels. It honestly feels like just yesterday I was lying in that hospital bed, cuddling his tiny, warm body in my arms.

Moments are so quick. I think this is something anybody who’s ever lost a loved one realizes. This world and our lives are fleeting and temporary. We are here today and gone tomorrow—truly like a breath.

What do we do with this truth?

I think it could be tempting to despair. Or maybe question our significance.

But let’s not mistaken smallness for irrelevance.

Every moment we have, every breath we breathe, is given to us from a God who gave us life. He knows the hairs on our heads and He bottles every one of our tears. He’s invited us to be a part of the biggest, grandest story of all time.

So let’s be intentional with this breath of a life we live. Instead of going about our days with a heart of ingratitude or fear or indifference, let’s use every moment God gives us to live courageously and love recklessly and worship fully and pour out our lives for His glory. Let’s not dwell on the past or worry about tomorrow, but embrace the gift of today.

Scripture:

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24

Prayer:

Lord, thank you that although we are small and our lives are short, they are not meant to be insignificant. May we see our lives as an opportunity to take part in an amazing story told by an even more amazing author.

If you’d like to purchase Wishing on Willows, please visit the book page for links to your favorite retailer!

Katie
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Wishing on Willows Devotional: Identity

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Excerpt from the book:

“…you take heart that failure doesn’t define you. Neither does your past.” Mom fingered the silver cross hanging around her neck. “When that truth sinks in, you dust yourself off and get back up again.” ~Maureen McKay, Wishing on Willows

Devotional:

The past is a hard thing to escape, especially when failure is part of it.

I don’t know anyone who likes to mess up. We all want to succeed. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make the people in our life proud. That is a natural desire. The problem comes when we hang our identity on it.

For those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, our past—no matter how inglorious or ugly—does not define us. Neither do our failures or our peers or our parents or the expectations placed upon our shoulders.

Yet I find it all too easy to forget this truth. I find it all too easy, in the midst of living life, to forget who I am in Christ. Am I the only one who could use a reminder?

The Bible tells us that we are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), beloved (Col. 3:12), redeemed (Eph. 1:7), the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21), a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9), the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27), God’s children (John 1:12), heirs to the throne (Rom. 8:17), His spotless bride (Rev. 19:7-8), His masterpiece (Eph. 2:10).

How can we be the light of the world or a city set on a hill (Mt. 5:14) if we let shame and guilt hold us captive? Why wear those chains when Jesus already broke them on the cross? When we live as if God has not set us free, we are placing our faith in the Father of Lies instead of the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

If you’re struggling with mess-ups from your past, meditate on David’s prayer. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). Let’s plug our ears when this world attempts to define us and instead believe the only One who can redeem.

Scripture:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy… ~Psalm 103:2-4 

Prayer:

Lord, your benefits are numerous. Give us faith to believe we are who You say we are.

If you’d like to purchase Wishing on Willows, please visit the book page for links to your favorite retailer!

Katie
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