Have you always wanted to be an author?
Elizabeth: You know, I really have. I gave up on it as impractical for a while, though it didn’t stop me writing. But it’s always been one of those dreams whispering in the back of my head. Now that I’m published, I still sometimes have to pinch myself when I see my name on the bottom of a book cover.
What’s your favorite method for keeping a story’s middle from sagging?
Elizabeth: Ugh. They really like to try and sag, don’t they?! Honestly, I just keep writing. Then I edit the Dickens out of it. (Really, I capitalized that on purpose – ever notice that no matter how much you like a Dickens book, those middles of his are deadly?)
Do you write every day?
Elizabeth: I try to. Realistically, I end up getting actual words down five out of every 7 days, because life…just seems to really like to get in the way.
How will you market your book?
Elizabeth: Marketing is the hardest thing for me. I do a combination of blog interviews (like this one!), some paid ads with various reader websites, some pre-release reviews, and I’ve been working with The Book Club Network as well as a way to try and get out in front of more readers that way.
Have you ever had a funny experience connected with being an author?
Elizabeth: This summer, we went to a family reunion for my husband’s side, and I typically put my book news in my Christmas letter that all the family gets. But I guess they don’t all read down to the bottom (and I don’t make a huge deal out of the book stuff, just more a few lines at the end.) Anyway, at the reunion, I had four different people ask me if I’d written my second book yet. There was much laughter when I finally managed to explain (trying to spare feelings as much as I could) that I had just released my tenth book, so yes, the second book had, in fact, been written.
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Zach Wilson took a teaching job in a D.C. public school as part of a student-loan forgiveness program. Nearing the end of his commitment, a possibility arises to move to a magnet school in the suburbs. But will leaving the city end things with Amy before they really have a chance to start?
As Zach and Amy work together on the school’s annual holiday program, they must each decide if they’ll dare to follow where God calls.
Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.
Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey