Happy Sunday! Katy Lee here with Author, Alice J. Wisler. Last week I spoke on my thoughts of her latest release, Still Life in Shadows, and now today I am excited to have Alice here to share more about herself and her fascinating EX-Amish story.
Alice, as authors who have moments of doubt, we always like to ask other authors how they battle their doubt monster. How do you handle that monster?
Thanks for having me, Katy, and that’s a tough one. Reading about how well other authors are doing while working on a new project can make me feel the doubt. I try not to compare myself to others. God made us each as unique vessels and I aim to do my part of being the only Alice like this Alice. I read some verses on how I’m loved and made by God and then go on a walk (I like to walk 3 miles each day) and that’s when I’ll remind Him that He gave me this desire to write, so please, please, encourage me today. Encouragement follows—a fan letter, a new idea to my plot, etc.
Perfectly said. You write like Alice and no one else. But have you thought about writing something that is completely different for you? Perhaps writing in a new genre or just taking a story someplace that you haven’t done before.
My recent release, STILL LIFE IN SHADOWS, is a new venture for me—it’s my first published novel that is written in third person with two POVs. My other four novels with Bethany House have been written in first person from a single female POV.
Well, you did fabulous with this new venture into third person. I loved all the characters and what each brought to the story.
So now tell us, what is the most surprising thing that has happened in your writing career?
Having Chip MacGregor (whom I have yet to meet) take me on as one of his clients.
He is a wonderful agent and person. I hear great things about him. Congratulations!
Now, what would you do if you couldn’t be a writer any longer?
I think I’d want to be an actress in stage plays. I love drama!
So how do you come up with your shtick? By shtick I mean your voice. That thing that identifies the story as belonging to only you. Perhaps an element to your stories like small towns or a thread of equestrian-life or medieval dialogue…something that says these are the type of stories that are your brand.
I like to think my shtick is quirky, fun, food-related, Southern, humorous and solemn—all mixed into one story.
And I would have to agree.
What is your junk food of choice?
Let’s see, that would be trail mix, which isn’t too “junky” and chocolate. Oh, and butter pecan ice cream and oatmeal cookies.
Butter Pecan … my favorite.
What’s the most dangerous or risky thing that you’ve done?
Probably that would be sneaking out of the dorm in high school. We’d climb out windows onto the dorm roof at our dormitory in Kobe, Japan. We were usually successful, but once I did get caught and that was no fun.
Kobe, Japan! Would love to hear more about why you lived there. But first, tell us about your book!