Friday, November 20, 2015

Interview & #Giveaway with Erynn Mangum!

We're delighted host Erynn Mangum today which marks the RELEASE day of her latest novel! SO exciting :)  She's answered some more questions for us and is offering a giveaway of her new novel.

Erynn, how did you begin writing?

I have been writing since I can remember! I have always loved making up stories – even before I could actually write, I would spend hours creating these imaginary storylines for my dolls and stuffed animals to act out.

Take us through a day in the life of you, the author (because some us picture you rise from bed, calmly pour your coffee, sit in a sunny little alcove, and write for eight hours before getting ready for a luxurious dinner out with your special someone) ;)

Ha! My life is pretty much the opposite – I wake up to two small boys demanding their breakfast and the day goes from there. ;) We usually spend the mornings playing or running errands or doing laundry. Then, when my youngest goes down for a nap after lunch, I have the oldest do a shorter rest time and I start writing as soon as he gets into his room. Depending on the level of severity as far as making the deadline, I will occasionally go write for a couple of hours after my husband gets home or have my parents watch the boys. Things are about to get even crazier because we are expecting a little girl in January, God willing! We cannot wait!

Tell us where you got the idea for your latest book and why you developed a passion to write it?
My latest is called Katie in Waiting and it’s about a girl who has spent her whole life wanting to get married and have babies. Now she’s in her thirties and nothing is happening. She hasn’t met anyone and there doesn’t even seem to be anyone on the horizon. She’s struggling big time with the waiting and with God’s plan for her life. This is something that is near to my heart – waiting is such a hard, hard thing to do! I have been in multiple seasons of waiting throughout my life, as have most of us, so Katie was a character who was very easy to relate to.

Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
I love Katie, my main character, but I also really loved Eliza, one of her good friends and the main character in the second book of the series, Once Upon Eliza, that releases this summer! Katie is in the middle of a hard lesson and her character was much more serious. Eliza is totally carefree and fun. They make for a fun pair.

What is the most important takeaway from your book that you hope your readers see?
I want my readers to see that even when it seems like He’s forgotten about you or His plan is one that isn’t good, God loves you and cares for you and has things planned for your life that are so much better than you could have ever imagined. Even in the incredibly hard things, God knows. He’s working out the details of your life to bring you closer to Him.

If you were to be offered the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or to back pack deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps, which would you do and why?

Well, to borrow a phrase that one of my dearest friends says, it’s called camping if it’s anything less than three stars. ;) And I’m only kind of kidding. Ha! I am not exactly an outdoorsy person. I love to hike, I love to take walks, I love to be outside, but at the end of the day, I want to come home, take a hot shower and sleep on a real bed. Is there the option to send someone in my place and just look at the pictures? I bet my husband would go in my place. ;)

 And while you’re on this grand adventure, would it be necessary for you to have coffee or tea? (‘cause we’re split evenly in preference here at the CCC blog)
Coffee. I love, love tea but unless I’m sick, I love it after I’ve had my coffee. :)

If you had to write your novel long-hand, would you use a fine point Sharpie, a roller ball pen, a fountain pen, or a pencil?

A Sharpie fine point! I love those markers! I always wish my handwriting was a little better though.
Your favorite flavor of pie … because we’re heading into pie season!
Pecan pie. I love homemade pecan pie. It’s the best pie of the season! And I love how it makes the whole house smell like the holidays when you are baking it!

What are you currently working on in the book world?

Right now, I’m taking a much-needed break. ;) Katie in Waiting just released (sooo excited!!) and now, I’m taking the last couple of weeks before baby girl joins us to get a few things done for her and around the house. I’m also trying to make myself rest every day and soak in the holiday season! After she’s born and, God willing, we’re all adjusting to life with three kids, I’ll get back to work.

Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?

I would love to!!! Here’s a scene featuring Katie and Eliza:

“Do you have dinner plans?”

I snort. “Do I ever have dinner plans?”

“I sense some bitterness.”

“Not bitterness. Just…” Actually, maybe bitterness was the right word, but saying it out loud just sounds so…so…

Well, bitter. It’s not a word that a good Christian girl is supposed to have as part of her description.

“Well, you have plans tonight,” Eliza declares. “We are going bowling.”

“I’m sorry?”

“Bowling? You know, that sport where you chuck a shiny, marbled-looking ball down a very slick runway and it crashes into a bunch of white things that look like a weird play on a turkey leg?”

I grin. “I know what bowling is, Eliza. Though, I’ve never heard it described like that before.”

“They do look like turkey legs.”

Now that I’m thinking about it, I can kind of see it.

Thank you so much for having me on here!! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


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1 comment:

  1. What a great interview! I don't tweet but I did the other


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