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Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

November 8, 2009

Guest Post - K.M. Weiland!

Novelist, K.M. Weiland, is gaining speed in her blog book tour for her latest publication, Behold the Dawn, and she has graciously accepted an invitation to make a stop at Faith Imagined!

If you are a reader, add her to your favorite author list! She is an amazing weaver of words and provoker of emotions, and she does it all to the glory of God!

If you are a writer, follow her on her web page and learn from a master of the craft! She is part of the Author Culture team, so take time to be mentored by the best!

To celebrate this amazing author, Faith Imagined will be giving away a signed copy of Behold the Dawn. Everyone who makes a comment on this post, will get an entry into the drawing. The winner will be drawn on November 15th!

Author Interview

1. What inspired Behold the Dawn?

I happened to pick up a children’s picture book about William Marshall, the “greatest knight who ever lived.” He was a second-born son who had to make his fortune by competing in the tourneys—the huge mock battles which were the predecessors of the slightly more civilized jousting tournaments. Despite being repeatedly banned by the popes, tourneys remained wildly popular until high mortality rates forced the sport to evolve into the more familiar (and much safer) jousting tournaments. After a long career as one of the most renowned tourneyers of the age, Marshall finally hung up his spurs and headed for the Holy Land to seek absolution.

I’ve always been drawn to the Middle Ages, and I was instantly intrigued by these gladiatorial battles and their juxtaposition with the Crusades. From there, my imagination just took off!

2. Who is your favorite character?

Oh, Marcus Annan, my main character, definitely! He dominated every page and absolutely took charge of the story. He was one of those special larger-than-life characters who are definitive to a writing career. His strength, his courage, and his haunted past… he was a blast to write. In fact, he’s easily one my favorites out of all the characters I’ve ever written. And that’s saying something, because this story, in particular, gave birth to quite a cast, including Annan’s smart aleck servant Peregrine Marek, the fugitive countess Lady Mairead, a conflicted Templar named Warin, and a triad of very scary bad guys!

3. What have you learned on your road to publication?

Probably the biggest thing is simply that publication isn’t the end all. Anne Lamont nailed it when she said, “…publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is.” Being published, having people buy your words—that’s an amazing feeling. It validates your work, all the hours you’ve put into crafting and sweating over these crazy stories that won’t let you go. But it’s not the final destination; it’s just a pit stop along the road of the artistic lifestyle. Writing, in and of itself, whether or not you’re ever published, has to be its own reward. I write because I have to tell stories. I’d keep right on writing even if I was the only one who wanted to read my words. For that matter, I would pay other people to let me keep writing, if I had to. It’s a passion, a compulsion, a gift. That those other people are actually willing to pay me to continue it—that’s just an extra blessing. It’s important to keep it all in perspective, no matter where you are in your quest for publication.

4. What’s your secret to success?

No secret. Just lots of hard work. Write every day. Guard your desk with a machete and flamethrower if you have to! Writing time is sacred, and if you don’t respect that, you’ll never get anybody else to. Read incessantly: all the good fiction you can get your hands on, as well as books on the craft. Seek knowledgeable feedback on your work. Well-read, kind-but-brutal beta readers are essential. Writing can’t be just a hobby; you have to treat it like a job. More than that, it’s a lifestyle.

5. What’s next?

I have several projects in the works. I have a completed fantasy, Dreamers Come (about a man who discovers that his dreams are really memories of another world) waiting for another round of edits. I also just started outlining my next project, a historical novel called The Deepest Breath about the passion, betrayal, and vengeance that dog two men and the woman they both love through the trenches of World War I, corruption in colonial Kenya, and the criminal underbelly of London. And I’m also working on a fun co-writing project that asks, “What if Robin Hood met Sleeping Beauty?”

Comment question:
What about this book or interview intrigues you?

Purchase your copy of Behold the Dawn and get ready for the adventure! If you would like Weiland to make a blog book tour stop at your blog, email her for the details : K.M. Weiland.
Post your comment, and you can win a signed copy of Behold the Dawn!

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Blogger Deborah Ann said...

Sign me up for this book! I would absolutely love it...

3:09 PM  
Blogger strokeofliving said...

The interview sticks out most on this fabulous [yes I'm channeling the spirit of Carrie Bradshaw]. We New Yorkers use that word to death... FABULOUS! Anyway K.M.'s answers to query numbers 3 & 4 are poignant. Just like my Wordle Wednesdays, writing is it's own reward if one writes just for the purposes of getting published "one day" they've missed the point. Now, I have no give aways on Wednesdays, solving the Wordle - actually thinking about or researching the answers is the rewarding part - knowing that you know something. There is no other high quite like it - other than eating a slice Vanilla Bean Cheesecake. LOLOLOL

There are no secrets of success, who was it who said 80% of success is sowing up? Successful people do what they do, the accolades come later. Successful people do what they do because they love it.

I for one am looking forward to be mentored by K.M. Because I've rediscovered how much I really love to write and to share, Thank you for introducing her to us who have never heard of her.

Looking forward to other treats you have in store...

4:03 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I haven't heard of this author. I am always looking for new Christian writers to read. I will definitely have to add this one to my list.

5:14 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

Thanks so much for having me today, Alisa!

@Deborah: Good luck in the drawing!

@strokeofliving: Sounds like you've got the most important thing totally figured out. (And since knowing the value of a good piece of cheesecake is easily the second most important thing, you're way ahead of the ballgame!)

@Missy: Thanks for commenting!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Jacky said...

I love reading. I read *voraciously*...and this book looks great! I'm always looking for well-written books that honor God.

I am kind of an aspiring writer...I have a novel in the works, but sometimes I feel like it's going nowhere. Thanks for the reminder to keep writing every day...I needed that.

Thanks so much for the chance to win!
thesweetestpetunia AT gmail DOT com

6:14 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

No need to enter me in the contest, I just finished reading her book. Loved it. She is a very talented writer and really kept the story flowing. Good luck in all you do! :O)

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Thanks for another interesting interview! I'm always on the lookout for a good Christian book filled with adventure! That is the best! Besides, I've gotten to know Katie Weiland quite a bit and find her to be one of the most amazing ladies I've ever known! If she is like that amazing, the book must be just as! Love you, Katie, and I'm praising God for the wonderful YOU that He made you to be!

7:30 PM  
Blogger hobbithugz said...

Looking forward to reading this book! It sounds fascinating. :)

8:11 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

@Jacky: Just keep writing - and praying. If writing is a gift God has given you, then He'll give you the power and the guidance to do what you need to do with it.

@Diane: So glad you enjoyed the book!

@Rachel: You're way yonder too sweet. :)

8:12 PM  
Blogger Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Sounds like a great book! Sign me up for the drawing!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Alene said...

This book sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing and hosting K.M. Weiland. I'll have to get this one or win it!!!

9:48 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

Thanks for commenting, ladies!

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to read this book. Jeanine

1:59 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

I enjoyed this interview and would love to read this book. I'm an avid reader and this sounds like a page turner.

5:27 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

Jeanine and Bernadine - thanks for reading!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

Sounds like a great book. I would like to read. I'm making it a point to add more fiction to my reading diet. Good fiction makes you think, moves you, and gives me very valuable quotes and illustrations for sermons and classes. I'll check her book out. Thanks for reviewing, Alisa.

10:36 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

I'm a big fan of fiction - not just for the obvious reason that I write it, but because it has such power to change lives and open our eyes to the world we're living in.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

K.M - the power of story. I am learning that is true for homiletics, too (my primary field).

9:01 AM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

When you think about the fact that life *is* a story, it makes sense that stories would be one of the most moving media in our world.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved this interview!! Love the idea behind the other book,Dreamer Come. She sounds great!

Jennifer K.

12:41 PM  
Blogger OceanDreams said...

Oh how wonderful and what a great interview. I love books like this. This looks like it is packed full of inspiration and adventure!

6:56 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

Glad you two enjoyed the interview!

11:46 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Sounds like such an amazing book! I defintely have to read it!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Cassandra Frear said...

What intrigues me? This:

"Writing, in and of itself, whether or not you’re ever published, has to be its own reward. "

That comment makes me interested in reading her writing.

9:12 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

@Ashley : Thanks for leaving a comment!

@Cassandra: I am saddened when young authors look to publishing as the end-all of the craft. Being published is great, but if that's all you see, then you're missing out on so much.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Triumphant Victorious Reminders Copyright © 2009 said...

I love the passion of the gift of creativity from Almighty God that flows from K.M. Weiland. Thank you for sharing; as we celebrate the gift of God within her!!!!!
Live Life and Love Abundantly,

11:09 AM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

Thank you, Teresa. I appreciate that a lot. I'm constantly humbled by ways the Lord allows me to use my gifts to serve Him.

12:44 PM  

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