One of her short stories, "Kickboxing or Chocolate," appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Welcome, Betsy. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
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Previous Next Betsy St. Betsy and her family live in Louisiana. You have a number of non-fiction credits, including working with your hometown newspaper. When, and why, did you decide to pursue fiction? I started writing stories when I was seven years old.
Such a difference from fiction, but it balances me well I believe. How does your faith play into your writing? Some of my novels might have a stronger faith thread than others but at the heart of all my books is faith and Christ. Please tell us about it. This story is dear to my heart.
For the first time in her life Addison has to figure out why she believes the things she believes—because they were passed down to her through her preacher dad, or because she accepts them for herself? Why does she make the choices she makes? The story is her journey to answer these questions. It has to be personal and real to us individually, regardless of who our parents are or what they do. Writers deal with emotions—and, therefore, experience powerful emotions when writing.
I had what I wanted to say in my head but it was hard to get it translated onto paper realistically and in a non-preachy way that would be approachable to teens. It was hard! I felt a heavy load of responsibility for the reader and I still do, to be honest. Thankfully, the majority of reviews so far have declared I got it right—but for the grace of God!
Oh, I can use any excuse for comfort food! Anything chocolate, or the candy Nerds, and of course Diet Coke. My seasonal favorite treat is candy corn, by far. Or cheesecake. Or Mexican food. Or a Quarter Pounder with cheese. Okay, do you see why I just joined the gym? Do you have musical, as well as literary, talent?
I actually laughed really, really hard here. I wish I did! But no. It enchants me. If you were a song, what kind of song would you be? Something bluegrass—twangy I have a southern accent and fun and sincere Are you a major or a minor chord?
This one I can answer! Life and faith have shaped me into that character. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child. I had a brown and white paint horse named Bo when I was in junior high, and he was awesome.
Actually, he was terrible—the owners that sold him to us lied about his age and level of training he was two, not four, and greenbroke at best, definitely not trained for children!
Such a stubborn sweetie sort of like my husband! Thanks, Betsy! Thanks for having me!
Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK
Yay for me! She gets to cook him dinner three days out of the week, worry about his health, and maintain the image hat is the PK by getting the best possible grades, choosing the right choices, and Addison Blakely is a PK. She gets to cook him dinner three days out of the week, worry about his health, and maintain the image hat is the PK by getting the best possible grades, choosing the right choices, and overall being perfect. Then comes in Wes who she has been obsessively stalking. He is the brooding-leather-jacket-motorcycle-riding-get-away-from-my-daughter type of person. Luke is the boy your mother and father would love to meet.
Amant Betsy St. It was seriously that good, and I am thrilled to have Betsy here today to discuss her novel, as well as give away a free autographed copy to one lucky reader. Throughout this journey she begins to "rethink" her reputation as the good girl. Were you writing from your own experience as a teenager? If not, what inspired you to write this story?
Addison Blakely : confessions of a PK