THIS INTERVIEW IS WITH OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER, FAITH POTTS FOR HER STORY, 'LOVE NEEDS NO WORDS'.
And here's a pic of our winning author holding her contest prize. Faith said she thinks this book will be a great help to her future writing.
Lesa- HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE ~LOVE IS IN THE HEART~ CONTEST?
Faith- Through Raechel's blog actually! I saw her post about the contest (https://godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/love-is-in-the-heart-writing-contest/) back in December. I thought the contest sounded like fun, and here I am!
Lesa- I’m so glad you decided to enter the contest!
IS THIS THE FIRST WRITING CONTEST YOU’VE ENTERED, OR ARE YOU A SEASONED PRO AT THIS? OR ARE YOU SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN?
Faith- This question made me laugh; I'm definitely not a seasoned pro! This was the third writing contest I've entered, so I guess that puts me somewhere in between.
Lesa- Is this your first win?
Faith- Yes, it is!
WHAT’S YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE? AND WOULD YOU ENTER FUTURE CONTESTS?
Faith- My experience has been great. Everything related to the contest was very well-managed and organized. I would absolutely enter future contests!
Lesa- Thank you! It takes time and commitment, but I enjoyed hosting this contest so much I’m going to try and do it again! I’m glad you would be up for it.
YOUR STORY IS BEAUTIFUL. WHAT WAS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND YOUR WINNING ENTRY?
Faith- Originally, the idea for this story came from The Waltons. I was watching the show with my family one evening, and there was a young mute man on it. (The Nightwalker, season 5 episode 6). Of course that's the only show he's on, but I kept thinking of what his story could be tailored to. A couple of days later, I was thinking about sign language and the sign for "I love you". From those moments came Daniel, Shay, and their story. :)
Lesa- I love hearing ‘the story behind the story’. I never would have guessed the idea came from an episode of the Waltons. That’s neat!
I FIND WRITER’S WRITE FOR MANY REASONS. WHY DO YOU WRITE? IS WRITING A HOBBY, OR SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO DO ON THE SIDE/PART-TIME, OR SOMETHING YOU WANT TO TURN INTO A FULL-TIME CAREER?
Faith- I write because once I started I couldn't stop. I write for the beauty of life as one of God's beautiful creations. I write for all those stories yet to be told.
Right now, it's just a hobby and something I enjoy, but I could see this one day turning into a part-time venture. ;)
Lesa- I love all the reasons you write. As a writer I can relate to them.
HOW DOES YOUR FAITH IMPACT YOUR WRITING?
Faith- I try to let Christ's light shine through me and the stories I create. I want there to be a moral, a reason, a lesson, in each thing I write. :)
Lesa- Me too. Those reasons are the best!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE GENRE(S) TO WRITE?
Faith- Fiction/historical fiction is my favorite to write and read. :)
ARE YOU AN ORGANIZED PLOTTER, A FREE-STYLING PANTSER, OR A PLANSTER, WHICH IS A COMBINATION OF THE TWO?
Faith- Hmm...I guess I'm a planster. I'm not an organized plotter or a free-styling pantser. I do usually have most of the plot laid out before I really set in to work on a story. :)
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY OTHER PROJECTS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?
Faith- I'm currently writing a historical novel set in the early 1940s. I've been working on it off and on for close to a year and it's my favorite of my many WIPs. :)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE FOR WRITERS?
Faith- I don't know that I have a favorite, but I really like this one.
"Beautiful writing isn't about the words we use. It's about the emotions we evoke."
Lesa- That’s a great one! I can picture it on a poster or on a coffee mug.
Lesa- WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER INTERESTS OR HOBBIES?
Faith- Besides writing, I enjoy pottery, reading, camping, kayaking, sewing, and photographing random, everyday things. :)
Lesa- Sounds like fun! I often find writers have more than one creative outlet.
ARE YOU AN INTROVERT OR AN EXTRAVERT?
Faith- I'm an introvert all the way. Making conversation can sometimes sound downright nightmarish.
Lesa- You’re in great company here then.:)
Faith- Good to hear!
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
- Meet all my blogger friends.
- Write and publish a good book.
- Travel the world. Starting with all 50 States and Washington D.C., then Germany and all of Europe!
Lesa- I’d love to meet you too.:) I hope you get to fulfill them all!
HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?
Faith- As a faithful follower of Christ, a girl who always had a smile on her face and an encouraging word to offer. :)
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SCRIPTURES AND/OR LIFE QUOTES?
1 Peter 5:7 -- Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 John 1:9 -- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 40:31 -- But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
IS THERE ANY SPECIAL OR RANDOM THING YOU WANT TO SHARE ABOUT YOURSELF?
Faith- How about a random one – I love heights. I would happily spend all day on the roof or in a tree. :)
Lesa- That’s cool!
SNOW OR SUN? Snow. But a sunny snow day if I have that option. ;)
NEW YORK OR CALIFORNIA? California! I want to visit the Pacific Ocean.
ALASKA OR FLORIDA?
Alaska. I've been to Florida before. ;)
Lesa- That’s neat. I was born in Alaska, but I’ve never been to Florida, lol.
Faith- Really, wow, that's awesome!
FAVORITE PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT?
*returns to bucket list question* I'd start with Hawaii. Or, of places I've already seen, I'd like to return to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. :)
PIZZA OR TACOS? How about both? I like both, but pizza is a favorite.
Lesa- Pizza or tacos? What was I thinking? That really wasn’t a very fair question, was it, lol?
Faith- Haha, I guess not. LOL
BURGERS OR STEAK? Burgers. From Five Guys, preferably.
Lesa- I’ve been wanting to try that place.:)
Faith- Best burger EVER! And they don't just say that either. ;)
CHOCOLATE OR ICE-CREAM? Ice cream!! Make that coffee ice cream.
FAVORITE FOOD(S)? Pizza, spinach-artichoke dip and macaroni & cheese, to name a few.
PINK OR PURPLE? Purple
BLUE OR GREEN? Blue
BROWN OR GRAY? Gray
FAVORITE COLOR? Just about any shade of blue. :)
IN HONOR OF VALENTINE’S DAY… FLOWERS OR CANDY? Candy! Preferably those little valentine conversation hearts.
WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND THE DAY SWIMMING WITH THE DOLPHINS, GOING HORSEBACK RIDING, OR ICE-SKATING?
Well, I've never been swimming with the dolphins or ice-skating. I have been horseback riding (once!) and I loved it. So I guess I'd go horseback riding again. :)
WOULD YOU RATHER OWN AN ISLAND RETREAT, A LOG CABIN IN THE MOUNTAINS, OR A POSH CONDO IN THE CITY?
An island retreat sounds amazing and exotic, but I think I would eventually get tired of it. A log cabin in the mountains sounds more my style. :)
It’s been a joy talking to you, Faith and getting to know you a little better. Thank you for doing the interview, and for creating the 2016 ~Love is in the Heart~ badges. I’m wishing you all HIS best!