I’m thrilled to have fellow Mantle Rock Publishing author, Amy Anguish with me today, sharing about her writing journey and her most recent novel, Faith and Hope. You’ll have a chance to win a copy at the end of the interview!

It’s great to have you, Amy! How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since middle school. I actually had an English teacher in the 8thgrade who was a published author. It made me realize I could choose something like that as a career. I got more serious about it in college and then have made it more of a career than a hobby the last few years.

It’s great to have good mentors early on. How have you sensed the Lord’s hand on your writing journey?

God has placed so many people in my life who have helped me along this way. He gave me a mentor in Wilburta Arrowood, who came and spoke to one of my college classes and then took me under her wing. Through Wilburta, I got to meet several other authors including Sandi Rog, who saw the potential in my writing, helped me learn how to edit and polish, and published my first book. And through all of that and the ACFW and the KenTen Writers’ Retreat, I’ve met so many other authors who have helped me along this journey, like you! Thanks for hosting me today. 

That’s so sweet. Thank you! I’m thrilled to have you. Besides writing, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

I have way too many hobbies. I’m a crafter. I love to crochet, quilt, sew, paint, draw, and sometimes even make jewelry or embroider. And, of course, I read quite a bit, too.

You have lots of talents! Why did you choose to write the genre you write?

I love romance novels. Always have. There’s just something about the happily ever after and not having to worry about how they get there because you know they will. You can just sit back and enjoy seeing them work it out. I write contemporary because I’m too lazy to do all the research to write historical! Ha!

How funny! I, myself, love delving into the past. Do you enjoy any sort of research?

I’m a researcher when it comes to things for my own life, like health concerns or patterns or recipes, but I don’t consider myself a great researcher when it comes to finding out things were “back then.” I love to read historical novels, but I’m always afraid I’ll get something wrong if I try to write one. Maybe someday.

I still have to do a bit of research when writing contemporary, though, occasionally about crazy things. In this novel, I had to look up an animal that started with the letter X. There aren’t many, in case you were wondering.

What take-away value do you want readers to gain from your novels?

In all my novels, I want readers to be able to see that even though my characters are Christians, bad things still happen in their lives. However, because of their faith and relationship with God, they can get through it and come out even stronger, no matter the outcome.

Amen! What a great reminder and ministry. Thanks so much for joining us today, Amy!

Amy R Anguish ~ Author of An Unexpected Legacy
Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good. Follow her at http://abitofanguish.weebly.com or http://www.facebook.com/amyanguishauthor

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Now for the Giveaway! Amy has graciously offered winner’s choice of a print copy (US only) or an e-copy of her novel, Faith and Hope. Here’s the blurb:

Two sisters. One summer. Multiple problems. Younger sister Hope has lost her job, her car, and her boyfriend all in one day. Her well-laid plans for life have gone sideways, as has her hope in God. Older sister Faith is finally getting her dream-come-true after years of struggles and prayers. But when her mom talks her into letting Hope move in for the summer, will the stress turn her dream into a nightmare? Is her faith in God strong enough to handle everything?

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