Is there a story behind your book The Promise?
Yes. A remarkable story that is very close to my heart. The Promise is inspired by actual events. Someone close to me (we are calling her Laurie) traveled to Pakistan, married a man there, and was ultimately held captive. I had to work with the U.S. State Department, Consulate in Peshawar, and the Embassy in Islamabad to get her home safely. I pulled from these real-life events to create a fictional tale that I hope is entertaining, but that also serves as a warning to other women who might be considering this type of dangerous travel.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
LOL. It doesn’t take much, especially at deadline time. Cleaning the bathroom never looks so appealing as when I have a book due. Same goes for mopping floors, scrubbing baseboards, and cleaning closets. Why is that?
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I think that there is a little part of me in all of my characters, but in The Promise, Tate was modeled after my oldest son, Eric. Tate is a gifted musician, honest, spiritual, compassionate, and driven. He loves deeply, but doesn’t think he will be a good father, which turns out to be a role he slips into very easily. My son is thirty years old and is in Singapore teaching music at the International Schools there. Eric has a passion for music, like Tate, although Eric’s focus is the saxophone as opposed to piano. Eric has often said he didn’t know if he would be a good father, even though children are always drawn to him, much the same way they are to Tate. Somewhere along the line, Eric and Tate sort of molded into the same person in many ways. And since I am very close to my son and miss him terribly, I loved writing about Tate the most. Eric would be an amazing father.
What is your favorite season of the year?
In Texas, we experience all the seasons, sometimes from one radical extreme to the other. We can have summers in triple digits and winters in single digits. But most Texans are willing to brave those elements since we have wonderful springs and falls. Right now, it’s nearing the end of October, and we are having temperatures in the 70s and 80s with clear, blue skies. Simply gorgeous. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Normally, a person would keep this story to his or her self, but I think there is some public knowledge about it floating around somewhere. So, here goes: After my first book signing, I had a slumber party, and of course, no slumber party would be complete without wrapping a house—at least here in Texas. Add a scavenger hunt to that, a bunch of middle aged women in their jammies, and getting pulled over by the local police for a taillight that was out…and well, it made for an awesome—if not a bit wacky—adventure. My youngest son was sixteen at the time, and he was driving us around when we got pulled over. He was beyond horrified since we live in a small town. That’s all he needed getting around town, “Cory’s mom and her friends all got pulled over in their jammies after wrapping a house, and Cory was driving!” Ba ha ha!! Making memories.
What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
I love Mexican food! And I have several recipes that I’ve enjoyed for decades. Some of them have evolved over the years as my tastes have changed, but overall…guests usually request either chicken enchiladas or chalupa casserole. I also love Italian food. I’m always on the quest for the perfect lasagna. But an easy favorite that is probably my most-requested recipe are my chicken enchiladas. So, here ya go!
Beth’s Chicken Enchiladas:
Cooked chicken (boiled) and cubed (I use 4 cans of drained white meat)
1 16 oz. sour cream
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes
4 cups cheddar cheese
1 package (24) corn tortillas
3-4 T. butter or margarine
Chili powder, salt, and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, sour cream, soups, ¾ of Rotel, and 3 ½ cups cheese. Season to taste with chili powder, salt, and pepper.
In a large skillet, melt a little of the butter, then put three tortillas in the pan and flip until soft (usually one flip), then stuff with mixture and put in a casserole dish. Continue until you have used all of the stuffing. Should make 20-24.
Top with remainder of cheese and Rotel. Bake for 20-30 minutes until hot and bubbly!
Note: I have made these with flour tortillas. I have also added onion. And if they don’t carry Rotel tomatoes where you live, you can substitute a can of diced tomatoes, some green chilies, and a little cumin.
I like writing stories that attract people who are ‘on the fence’. Sometimes, these folks are angry with God, maybe grieving the loss of a loved one, don’t really know God, or a host of other reasons that could have a person undecided about their faith. I try to write stories that aren’t preachy but that are thought provoking. If one person jumps down from the fence to God’s side, I feel like I’ve done my job for Him. Forgiveness is a theme that almost always shows up in my books too—forgiveness of self and others. I easily forgive others, but I am much harder on myself and slower to forgive. It’s a sin, it hinders progress, and something I am constantly working on.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
HarperCollins Christian Fiction is keeping me busy with releases into 2019. But in the near future, I will be releasing an Amish novella titled In His Father’s Arms, out in February 2015. After that, my next release will be in July 2015, book #1 in a new series titled My Brother’s Keeper. The series is Amish Secrets, and I’m very excited to be starting a new Amish series. From there, I will be writing more Amish novellas and alternating between Amish full-lengths and non-Amish contemporaries. It is the best of both worlds for me.
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About the Author:
Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published twelve novels and nine novellas to date.
As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.
Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary—Need You Now—released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary—The House that Love Built—which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed.
In a daring new novel, Beth jumped way outside the box. The Promise takes readers far away from Amish Country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, Beth believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time.
Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs, two cats, two potbellied pigs, and nine roosters. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers or visit bethwiseman.com to learn more about Beth and her books
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