Today I’m doing an interview with my friend Faith Blum, who just published her first book! The interview is part of Faith’s blog tour, so be sure to check out the other posts she has going on!
Hello, Faith! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a 23-year-old homeschool graduate. I love to read, write, crochet, knit, sew, play piano, and play games with my family.
What is your book about?
“Stay back!” Joshua ordered. He kept his eyes on the scene below while waving his arm in Ruth’s direction. “Get deeper into the woods and stay down low to the ground.”
Joshua hazarded a glance behind him. He could no longer see Ruth and breathed a sigh of relief. In one swift move, he grabbed his rifle and lay flat to the ground. Extending the rifle, he aimed at the shorter man whose gun was pointed at Bradshaw.
Joshua and Ruth Brookings are traveling by stagecoach to finally join their parents in Montana. Attacked by murderous outlaws, the teens barely escape with their lives and must survive in the barren Wyoming and Montana territories and escape the man who’s hunting them.
Seven years ago, Jed Stuart ran away from home and joined Tom’s gang. Jed is tired of the lawlessness and wants out. The only problem? He is the boss’s right-hand man and will never be able to leave. And what’s one more stagecoach robbery, anyway?
Can Joshua lean on God’s strength to keep himself and his sister alive until they find a town? Will Jed be able to face his anger or will it consume him completely? All three are running–the hunter and hunted. What will happen when they meet?
Where did you get the idea for A Mighty Fortress?
The Vision Forum catalog had a contest a few years ago to write a short story based on a picture of a boy and girl hanging on a rope from a cliff with a cougar staring at them. I was too old for the contest, but I chose to write one anyway. It ended up being far from short and then I expanded it even further.
What led to your decision to self-publish?
Being able to be completely in control of every aspect of the publishing process—the cover, the inside formatting, the content—was one major deciding factor. Another reason was that getting your book published by a publishing company is rather difficult these days and I could get it done faster and easier by self-publishing.
Is this your first novel?
A Mighty Fortress is my first published novel. I have finished rough drafts of other novels, but this is the first one that I have finished from beginning to end.
What other projects are you working on?
I am currently working on the sequel, Be Thou My Vision, as well as a non-fiction book that I am co-authoring.
Who is your favorite character from A Mighty Fortress?
Oh my! This is a tough one. This is probably going to sound weird, but I’m going to say Jed, my antagonist. I loved writing his parts of the story because he is so different from anyone I have ever known. Writing about his growth from 14-year-old rebel to what he becomes at the end as a grown man was super fun.
What made you want to be a writer?
I don’t really know exactly. I’ve always enjoyed writing and making up stories. I don’t know if there was anything specific that really triggered my desire to publish. I want encourage other people to live for God’s glory in every aspect of their lives and I hope to do this through my writing.
Thank you for being interviewed!
Thanks for having me! If you are interested in learning more about my book, I am having a blog tour right now. The link will take you to the main blog post with all the links to the other blogs in the tour.