Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard

Interview With Beth Troy | Author of Lu

Mercy: Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Beth: I still love the intro I use on my blog – Hello, I’m Beth. Writer. Morning girl. Curly hair is my brand. Also, the yellow. Each detail is a decision for how I want to do and be in my life, and behind each is a story!
Above and beyond that, I’m a wife, a mom, and I teach entrepreneurship at Miami University.

Mercy: What started your interest in becoming an author?
Beth: Mostly because I like reading, and somewhere along the way, I thought that if I could contribute to any conversation, I would want it to be in the world of women’s fiction. The idea of writing stories for another woman to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon sounded fantastic to me because that’s how I like to spend my Saturday afternoons – curled up with a great book.

Mercy: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Beth: I love hiking in the woods with my family. My three boys come alive in three completely different ways, and my mind imaginatively explodes in all of the space and quiet. I also have two border collies, so seeing them navigate paths and jump creeks is pure joy for me.

Mercy: What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Beth: Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons. I’ve read it as many times as I’ve recommended it, and has anyone ever heard of this book? No! But, if you are looking for a character-driven book with fantastic writing about three generations of women, read it!

Mercy: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Beth: Start writing, and don’t worry if you don’t know where it’s headed. In my experience, writing down ideas begets more ideas and chapters sort of form themselves … once you start writing. Keeping ideas in your head quickly turns to ruminating, and that’s not helpful to anyone.

Mercy: Can you share a little bit about your book- Lu
Beth: Can I share a lot? Kidding. Lu is the story of a modern woman’s journey to faith. I was frustrated by the offerings in the Christian women’s fiction market because even though they have central female characters, those characters don’t reflect the fullness of women as I know them to be. I wanted to write a book about a girl, a very real girl.

Mercy: What do you hope people will take away from reading Lu?
Beth: That God is real and deals with real people. You don’t need to clean it up before entry. Come as you are, and be honest about that. God has a great track record of working with people like you!

Mercy: Can you share a little about your upcoming book?
Beth: My second book is a sequel to the first. If Lu is about how a modern woman might find God, then this one is about what happens after all of that. How does she find her voice? How does she reorient her identity? I explore all of that in the second book.

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