I am very pleased to have author Michele Wilder here with me today. I introduced her debut novel, From Shards to Sea Glass a couple of weeks ago and last week she interviewed Grace, a character from that book. Be sure to visit the review post and enter the giveaway there. Today is the last day to enter!
Michele, thank you for joining me here today to help my readers get to know you.
What was your dream job when you were a child?
I wanted to be a commercial airline pilot. How exciting and adventurous it sounded!
How interesting! I don’t think that one ever showed up on my radar.
Who most motivated or encouraged you to become an author?
It’s more what motivated me than who. I never had a desire to be writer, but two things changed that. The first was a man’s self-published memoir. After reading it I thought if he could write and self-publish so could I. The second was an autograph book from the 1800’s I bought at an antique mall. In it a woman had handwritten a page of verse about God and being ready to meet Him. It was such a blessing to read! Little had that lady known when she penned it, that over 100 years later she would touch the heart of not just me but several others I showed it to. I wanted to become an author so that hopefully for years to come I can touch someone’s heart too.
Wow! It is hard to imagine something as simple as an autograph touching hearts like that.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
Being stuck, praying for God’s help, and Him answering that prayer with a clear direction of what to write.
Your least favorite?
Not having enough time to write.
Ha! I can relate to that time problem.
So let’s talk about From Shards to Sea Glass What motivated you to write this story? Is there a message you want your readers to be sure to hear?
Though I desire all my writings to bring glory to God in some way, I wanted my first novel to give a short but clear presentation of the gospel. Also, something that has bothered me for many years is seeing Christians who either marry unbelievers or marry people who “become Christians” while they dated. Witnessing the difficulties and/or spiritually-hindered life of the Christian in these unions has been heartbreaking. If my novel can help just one Christian think before she marries an unbeliever or wait a while before she marries a new believer, I’d be thrilled.
I love those motivations and your heart for the Lord that comes through your writing so clearly! That makes me even more excited to hear your testimony when you share it at the end of the month.
Can you tell us a little about sea glass and why you have it play such a prominent part in the story?
I grew up searching the beaches of Maine for colorful pieces of roughed-up sea glass, and the excitement of finding these little gems has never left me. Besides writing how the progression of glass in the ocean beautifully correlates with Claire’s life, I also wanted to introduce people to the fun of searching and the joy of finding these little treasures. Already people have said the book has inspired them to search for sea glass, and I couldn’t be happier.
I love the analogy you used in your book of the sea glass and our lives.
What is the strangest thing you did in the name of research?
I was concerned about the accuracy and believability of Parker’s movements during the beach scene with Claire, so behind closed doors (so that our kids wouldn’t wonder about us!) I had my husband replicate Parker’s actions. I think he thought I was a little crazy, but he certainly didn’t mind helping! ; )
Oh, that would have been awkward! For those of you who have no idea what she is talking about – go read the book. You’ll see.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The flashback with Daniel.
Do have another book in the works, or at least in your mind?
Yes! I’ve written the first two chapters.
Yay! Can you share what it will be about and when you are hoping to release it?
From Shards to Sea Glass took me four years to write. Hopefully this next one won’t take as long, but I don’t know when it will be ready. I’m planning on it having plenty of mystery and suspense (two elements I love in a book), a Biblical principle or two, romance (with at least one good kiss!)…oh, and it will be about a murder, a tunnel, and diamonds.