Beth Wiseman is best known for her Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan Amish series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple bestseller lists, and she has been the recipient of many prestigious literary awards. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2019, and she has published fourteen novels and sixteen novellas to date.
Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas including Christian contemporary romance novels and novellas. Need You Now, The House that Love Built, The Promise and A Tide Worth Turning are some of these recent releases.
Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she’s not writing, Beth loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth and her books at her website BethWiseman.com, Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bethwiseman.
Paula: What prompted you to write A Surf’s Up Novella series?
Beth: I think that most authors feel a need to venture into other areas after writing in a genre for a long time. I love writing about the Amish folks, but I’ve also welcomed the opportunity to step out of the genre to try some new things. Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise were all non-Amish books that are based in Texas, and I’m blessed that my readers followed me into unknown waters. The Surf’s Up novellas are extensions of my desire to offer readers a variety of books. And these beach stories are fun to write!
Paula: Please tell us about your newly released Novella.
Beth: In Message In A Bottle, Kyle loses the love of his life when girlfriend, Morgan, is whisked away by the CIA in the middle of the night. Almost six years later, two men show up at Kyle’s door with news that he has a daughter who is ill. Her only chance of survival lies with Kyle, if he’ll fly to an undisclosed island location in the Pacific. But reuniting with his first love and saving his daughter places his engagement to his fiancée, Lexie, at risk. In a seemingly no win situation, God has a way of working things out for the good of all, even if the players can’t foresee His plan.
Paula: Did you come up with the characters or the story first?
Beth: My stories percolate in my mind for a long time, and then the characters begin to show up. One by one, they introduce themselves and explain the roles they will be playing in the book. By the time I start typing, I usually know my characters fairly well. But all the fun is in the surprises they have in store for me—and the readers. And there are always visitors along that way demanding a role in the story too.
Paula: Would you give some insights into your main characters and why those characters are central to this story?
Beth: In most of my stories, I have a female protagonist, but in Message In A Bottle, Kyle is my main character. He is the one who must choose between his first love and his daughter, or his current fiancé. Morgan was his first love, and prior to her disappearance, she and Kyle let temptation guide them into an intimacy that would produce a child—Emma. Although Kyle never knew he had a daughter. Morgan has closed off her heart to love after being devastated by losing Kyle, due to the nature of her father’s job in the CIA. Lexie, Kyle’s current fiancé, is keeping a secret from Kyle, but they are in love, and she plans to tell him the truth, even if it means losing him. Morgan and Lexie are both good people, so Kyle wonders how he can bridge the troubled waters of his past and present ?
Paula: Do you enjoy writing the contemporary tales as much as the Amish works?
Beth: Yes, I do. I’m blessed to be able to alternate between Amish and non-Amish stories, and I think this helps me keep my ideas fresh. After I leave Amish Country, I’m read to hit the beach in the Surf’s Up novellas, and vice versa after I complete one of my beach stories.
Paula: Where can readers find you online?
Beth: My website is almost always up-to-date, and there you can read the first chapter of all of my books—a true ‘try before you buy’ system. And you can also sign up for my newsletter (which I only send once a month) at my website. I spend lots of time at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook, and I’m on Twitter.
Paula: Can you tell us two fun summer activities you enjoy when you are not writing?
Beth: Reading a book at the beach is my number one, so it’s not really a surprise that I’m writing beach novellas for the Surf’s Up series. My husband and I also enjoy riding our Mule (not the four-legged kind) around on the back roads in Texas where we live. There are all kinds of wildlife to see—Longhorns, jackrabbits, foxes, bobcats, bunnies, owls, and more. But what also makes the journey so fun is the Mexican restaurant that we can get to by taking the back roads. Our guests usually request this trip when they visit. Although by July and August, our Texas temperatures can make that a hot journey.
Paula: Where do you find the recipes that appear in your Novellas?
Beth: The recipes in my Amish books have been provided to me courtesy of my Amish friends. For A Tide Worth Turning (another Surf’s Up novella), I had to research online for authentic Australian recipes. However, Message In A Bottle is longer than my other novellas, so there are not any recipes in this novella. I felt like more words were needed to provide the happily-ever-after ending that I think readers have come to expect from my stories. Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale. I’d hate to let a spoiler slip, but here is a hint as to where my characters go in Message In A Bottle . . . Aloha! 🙂
Paula: What are your favorites in both foods and desserts?
Beth: On my headstone, it will probably read The Cheese Got Her In the End . . . LOL. I think everything should have cheese on it, and I love all different kinds. I’m also crazy about Mexican food and Italian food (lots of cheese!). And no surprise, I love cheesecake for dessert. But I’m also all about anything chocolate!
Paula: What is on the horizon for you now?
Beth: I am working on book #3 in the Amish Secrets series. This book isn’t titled yet but it follows behind Her Brother’s Keeper and Love Bears All Things, the latter releasing this October. I’ll also be starting a novella that will be included in a collection with Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin, and Amy Clipston—An Amish Christmas Love—soon. And I’ll be writing more of the Surf’s Up novellas. I’m blessed to be busy! Thank you so much for having me here at your blog.
Paula: I enjoyed your visit, and I can’t wait to read Message in a Bottle!
One man. Two women. A child desperate for medical treatment. How can Kyle choose between the woman he once loved and his current fiancée? Is there a solution that suits all involved, or will someone end up out of the triangle forever?
Morgan Calhoun and her parents are whisked away in the middle of the night, something Morgan always knew was a possibility because of her father’s CIA job. But she’d always thought if such a scenario played out that she would have time to say goodbye to those she loved—particularly her boyfriend, Kyle. Adding to her unbearable situation, several weeks after the move, Morgan finds out that she’s pregnant.
Kyle Brossmann doesn’t even get a break-up letter from Morgan. She’s just gone, along with her parents. His heart broken, Kyle continues with his plans. He graduates from high school and attends college, where he meets his fiancée, Lexie. But two men visit Kyle and encourage him to travel to an undisclosed location, where he will meet his five-year-old daughter. Rocked by the news that he has a child, Kyle learns he is the only person who might be able to save his daughter’s life.
Will Kyle choose his first love and his daughter? Or will he stay with Lexie and live the life they’ve been planning?
Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale, weaving romance and adventure into a soul-soothing journey of hope.