I had the privilege of interviewing Bethany Macmanus. I met Bethany online through ACFW. She's a talented writer and a sweet person!
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WRITE SIX SOLITUDE ROAD?
The idea formed while I was reading the book “The Anatomy of Story,” by John Truby. His unique story-building format helps writers plot, not plod. Everything, even the theme/takeaway, was developed through his model.
WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE NOVEL?
Very little of your life is left to your control. At some point, you have to let go and trust God.
ARE ANY SEQUELS PLANNED?
ARE ANY SEQUELS PLANNED?
Yes, in fact, there's a trilogy planned. I'm at work on Twelve Tragedy Lane, which will be followed by Eighteen Illusion Court. Twelve Tragedy Lane features Croft Thames, the man who will one day marry Allie Reese, the woman victimized in Six. I would call it “suspense with romantic elements.”
IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
My dream vacation spot is Ireland. But right now I just want to go to L.A., where my WIP is set.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Don't be afraid to reach out to other writers, and “normal” people, too. It's a lonely road we travel, butt in seat, hands traveling the keyboard. If we don't live in the “real” world some of the time, how will we research our characters? There is such a thing, however, as TOO connected. I think one of the most important things you will do for yourself as a writer is establish your social boundaries—for one thing, to know when to turn off your cell phone's notifications. (hee...the extrovert in me struggles with that one daily!)
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU’VE LEARNED FROM WRITING RESEARCH?
Well, at one time I thought I wanted to write about the Masons. Especially after the movie National Treasure, I was interested in how nearly every president this country has ever elected was a Mason. It didn't take me much research to learn, this secretive cult was not something I wanted to delve into as a Christian, no matter how provocative their story might be.
WHAT IS YOUR WRITING SCHEDULE LIKE?
Eek...well, right now it is summer, and my two children are hanging out with me. They are only this little once. :) So if I get any writing time, it's when my writing partner and I schedule a playdate for our kids. That, or during a Veggie Tales movie. Next week they both will start school, and I will start writing full-time. I plan to reward my solid word count days with one, maybe two Panera Bread writing days!
If you're wanting to know what having a writing partner is like, she and I write in different genres, and we met at our local ACFW chapter meeting. At first I wondered if it would work out because we both like to talk a lot. But once we have our lunchtime conversation out of the way, and actually start writing, we find it extremely helpful to bounce ideas off of each other, and can get a lot done!
HOW CAN FANS CONTACT/FOLLOW YOU?
I am blogging short, suspenseful stories (1500 words or less) at http://bethanymacmanus.com. Come comment! I am active on my Facebook author page http://facebook.com/bethanymacmanusauthor , but not as much on my Twitter (@bgmacmanus). I like to post novel bonus material on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/bethanymacmanus ).