Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin! This interview is especially fun for me, because Karen Whiting got me started doing these interviews on the CAN blog and coached me through many posts. Finally it’s her turn to be interviewed! Not only is Karen a multi-published author of various nonfiction books, including devotionals and children’s books, but she’s a valuable CAN board member, currently serving as our treasurer. I’ve benefitted from her wisdom and humor and heart in our e-friendship, and I know you’ll enjoy what she has to share with us today.

CAN Karen WhitingKaren, how did you get into writing?

For many years people suggested that I write about all the activities I dreamed up for my children, and I ignored them all. However, God started nudging me to write when I went to a retreat to pray. There God gave me a vision and I received a painting of the vision the next morning (it was the flip side of my breakfast placemat – everyone received a unique painting). So I started writing.

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California. Today I have the joy of interviewing novelist Sharon K. Souza. I met Sharon at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in 2009, the year she and Kathleen Popa won the Mount Hermon Writer of the Year Award. Sharon’s writing receives much praise, and her group blog Novel Matters promotes taking our fiction to loftier heights. Definitely a blog to follow.


CAN Sharon SouzaSharon, how did you get into writing?

I’ve always had an artistic bent. When I was younger, it was expressed through drawing and painting. I can’t remember back far enough to remember when I didn’t draw. I did a very small amount of writing in high school and in my twenties, but I began seriously writing in my mid-thirties. Besides learning to write novels, I had a number of non-fiction articles published and worked on three non-fiction books with another author, all published. But writing women’s fiction is definitely my niche. I love it, and I feel it’s where my writing shines.

How many books do you have published?

CAN Souza bookI have three published novels, including a new release, Unraveled. My other published novels are Every Good and Perfect Gift and Lying on Sunday. I also have a Christmas novella titled A Heavenly Christmas in Hometown, which has been made into a full-length play.

How did you get your first book contract?

I attended my first major writing conference in 2004. I met some editors who liked my work, and that was very encouraging for me. In 2006 at that same conference, I pitched a novel to Jeff Gerke at dinner one night and was offered a two-book contract the next week. It was very exciting.

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the honor of interviewing Debby Giusti, multi-published author of romantic suspense, her most recent series focusing on the military. Her latest, The Colonel’s Daughter, released just this month. Debby offers unique insight into the military mindset – not only is she a self-described “Army brat,” but she’s also an Army wife and an Army mom. That’s quite a heritage!

Debby, how did you get into writing? CAN Debby Giusti

Growing up, I loved to read and write, but I also loved science. My mother encouraged me to have a profession, so I majored in medical technology, and following graduation from The Ohio State University, I worked in the clinical laboratory.

I married an Army guy, and after our first child was born, I turned in my test tubes and Petri dishes to become a stay-at-home mom…although I didn’t really stay at home. I volunteered in my children’s schools, with the Red Cross, in my church, and in various organizations that helped young military wives transition into the Army way of life.

Early on, I published a few magazine articles and later wrote for medical publications. For over twelve years, I served on the editorial advisory board for Advance Magazine for Administrators of the Laboratory and wrote articles on emerging infectious diseases. Freelancing was reward, but I wanted to write full-length fiction and eventually sold to Love Inspired.

CAN Giusti BookHow many books do you have published?

My tenth book, The Colonel’s Daughter, is in bookstores this month. The General’s Secretary will be available in January. Both stories are part of my Military Investigations series that features heroes and heroines in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. The Officer’s Secret and The Captain’s Mission are still available in print and e-book.

As well as being an Army wife, I’m also an Army brat and Army mom, so writing a military series has been very satisfying. Because of my laboratory background, I enjoy medical stories as well and have used the information I researched for my magazine articles in my Magnolia Medical series, published by Love Inspired.

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing multi-published mystery author Nancy Mehl, 2009 recipient of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for best mystery.

Nancy, how did you get into writing? CAN Nancy Mehl

Many years ago, I heard a message that encouraged people who were confused about their calling to think back to their childhood. Looking at what comes naturally to us as children can give us definite clues to the gifts God has given us. I loved to read and began writing poems in second or third grade. Remembering that made me wonder if I was supposed to be a writer. I went to God and asked Him to show me. Once I knew His answer was yes, I began writing and never looked back. I’m blessed to say I know I’m exactly where God wants me to be.

That’s the best place to be! How many books do you have published?

I’ve had thirteen books published so far. I’m under contract for two more that will release next year.

CAN Nancy Mehl bookWhat are a few of your latest titles?

My latest titles are Inescapable (Bethany House, July 2012), Book One in my Road to Kingdom series; my Harmony Trilogy (Barbour, June 2012), and several cozy mysteries which were recently released as e-books. All four of my Ivy Towers’s mysteries are available, and two books from my Curl Up and Dye series have found new life after going out-of-print about a year ago.

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of interviewing best-selling, multi-published thriller writer Mike Dellosso, who also writes contemporary drama as Michael King.

CAN Mike DellossoMike, how did you get into writing?

I began writing in 1998 as a way of dealing with a family crisis. My brother-in-law was in a terrible motorcycle accident that nearly claimed his life. In fact, the doctors were sure he wasn’t going to make it. He was in a coma, clinging to life. I was so overwhelmed by grief and just about every emotion imaginable and I had no way to express it…so I turned to the written word. I fell in love with writing then and haven’t stopped since.

How many books do you have published?

To date I have six novels and one novella published, with novel seven releasing February 2013. Frantic is my latest full-length novel. Rearview, my novella, just released in May. And A Thousand Sleepless Nights, my first contemporary drama under my new pen name Michael King, releases October 2012.

CAN Dellosso bookHow did you get your first book contract?

I met an author, Kathryn Mackel, at a writers’ conference, had an appointment with her for a critique, and she loved my manuscript. We corresponded, and eventually she offered to introduce me to an agent friend of hers. He agreed to sign me, and about six months later I landed my first contract with Realms Fiction/Charisma House.

 

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