On this beautiful fall morning, I am having coffee with fabulous Roseanna White! We both have our cups of coffee with pumpkin pie spice creamer. MMMM….It smells lovely! Come sit at the table, let me pour you a cup and learn more about Roseanna.
Here I sit with my cup of steaming coffee with—given the season—pumpkin pie spice creamer. Yes, I’m one of those pumpkin-loving people. 😉 I hope you’ll pull up a cup of your favorite and have a chat with me.
I’ve been writing since I was old enough to put pencil to paper. I finished my first novel at thirteen, after working on it for a year and a half. Scribbling a page here and there during school, naming characters after my friends (even when their names weren’t appropriate for Victorian England—what did I know about that?), carrying that binder filled with loose-leaf paper around with me day after day . . . Ah, memories.
By the time I graduated college, I had eight completed novels. These days, I have 32 finished manuscripts, 13 of which will be in print by year’s end. (Many of the other 19 will never see the light of day . . . a few may yet get to live and breathe in some form or another.)
If you just look at my books and what they’re about, you’ll find that those unpublished books represent quite a few genres and styles, as I found my voice. You’ll find a few that I wrote, back in college, aimed at the mainstream market. I figured it was bigger, I had a better chance of breaking in. But then when it came time to actually submit them . . . well, I realized those weren’t the stories God wanted me to put out there. I’m still glad I wrote them—I grew as I did, both in my faith and as a writer, by writing characters who saw God through the eyes of the world. It made me wonder how to appeal to them, how to reach them with the message of our savior. And brought me straight back to Christian fiction.
For me, writing is part of my prayer life. It’s through my fiction that I explore the questions of our faith, how to go deeper into it, of what we’re really capable with Him. I pray before I write, and I pray as I write, through my writing. It’s well known in my family that I get pretty cranky if I go too long without writing. In part because I need that creative outlet . . . and in part because I feel closest to the Lord when I’m actively writing a character with a strong faith thread.
In some of my books, the spiritual element is gentle and largely what you’d expect. In others, it’s intense and demanding and might make you think about something in a new way. For me, it’s a simple matter of what the story demands—Zipporah’s story in A Soft Breath of Wind was built on the idea that she can see angels and demons. That was obviously a bit more intense than A Lady Unrivaled, where Ella’s faith thread was all about learning to trust it when she felt that nudge from the Lord.
There are always conversations going on in writers circles about whether we ought to write for a secular market—to be the light to them—or the Christian market. I am fully supportive of writing wherever God calls you, whatever stories He gives you. But for me, right now, it isn’t a question. He’s always quite obvious in my stories. Present in my characters’ thoughts. And while sometimes it’s a real challenge to work that in (the heroine I’m writing right now is SO STUBBORN!), it’s also how I learn new things about my great God. My words are certainly not inspired to the extent that the Scriptures were, but I do fully believe a Christian writer who is writing to honor God will receive His inspiration. And that’s my ultimate goal: to honor Him. To minister to His children through my words. To be a faithful tool in his toolbox.
And so, I’ll continue to write the stories He lays on my heart. Always eager to see what He might ask me to delve into next. (Thieves during WWI, anyone? Why, yes. Yes, I believe I will.) I just never know what I might learn about Him in the process.
Roseanna White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to Edwardian British romances. She makes her home in the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
Thank you for joining us today for coffee today with Roseanna White! In honor of her visit today, she is giving away the winner’s choice of one of her Ladies of the Manor books or her brand new Giver of Wonders book that releases November 1st. To enter, comment below answering: Roseanna’s faith has grown through her writing. What has caused your faith to grow?
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