Beth Shriver is my guest today and I’m so excited for her to share this book. Not just because it directly affects my life right now. Well, … yeah, mostly because it directly affects my life right now! But also because peace is one of my favorite topics!
Marji: Welcome, Beth! This book of yours, Peace for Parents of Teens, has a title that would turn the head of a multitude of moms and dads. Mostly saying, “You’re out of your mind!” LOL! But what a needed devotional book! What sparked your desire to write it?
Beth: We had a tough transition when we moved from Denver to Dallas. My daughter didn’t transition well and began to act out. When I couldn’t find a devotional that dealt with the specific issues we were dealing with, I started writing my own.
Marji: Brilliant plan, Mom. Is there a favorite verse that resonates with that plan?
Beth: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Marji: Definitely one of my all-time favorites! What would you like readers to take away from your book?
Beth: The devotional I wrote is meant to help guide parents through the teen years. Whether your teen is struggling, or you just want to strengthen the bond you have with them, this is a great way to get those conversations started.
Marji: What did you learn while writing this book?
Beth: I’m still learning from this book. What started out to be a way for me to call on God for peace and wisdom ended up being an entire book of thoughts, ideas, and comfort for me and now for others as well.
Marji: As to those others, how do you reach new readers?
Beth: I’ve learned that Meet-and-Greets work better than book signings, and book sellers at your local book store can be your best friends. Also, that you have to spend more time at events where the readers are rather than at the conferences where the writers are. Attending your neighborhood book clubs creates a loyal following, and to say yes to your church writing class when they ask you to talk with them about their aspirations to become writers.
Marji: How can these parents who will love your book help you as an author?
Beth: All word of mouth. If you like a story, tell others about the book and why you liked it.
Marji: What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
- How difficult it really is to break into the writing industry and what you have to do to get a book published
- Not to give up, no matter what people say, it’s a very subjective business
- Find professionals in the industry who believe in you
Marji: Speaking of professionals, what advice do you have for writers trying to find an agent?
Beth: I am very blessed to have a great agent, editor and public relations rep to work with. Again, word of mouth and finding who you work well with.
Marji: That is a blessing. What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers understood?
Beth: People who are not in the industry have no idea how it works. I had to learn when I first started and continue to as my career takes twists and turns. I guess the thing I wish people most understood is how hard it is to not only write a book but to enter the market and what’s involved. It’s a tough industry, more than you realize unless you’ve experienced it firsthand.
Marji: What is the toughest test you’ve faced as a writer?
Beth: Public speaking and giving talks are both things I never felt comfortable doing but as a friend told me, it’s not about me, it’s about getting the word out to parents who can find peace from my devotional. When I put the me back into anything I do involving my writing, my nerves start up, and I remember it’s about Him, not me and I settle back into doing what I need to do.
Marji: I’m so glad that Beth joined us today for some insight. And even more glad for her devotional book! Definitely going to check that one out!
Your turn: Raising teens is certainly a high stress/need peace type of time. What other times in your life have you desperately needed (and probably received) supernatural peace?
Here’s a little more about Beth:
Beth wrote her first novel in 2002 and a year later it was published. She was a caseworker before starting a family, and grew up in Nebraska, and now lives in Texas. She became interested in writing about the Amish when doing research and found she was related to the Glick families in Europe. Beth also freelances for the local papers in her area, writes columns, devotionals, and novels in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction. Beth followed her passion and now writes full time.Beth spends her days writing with the company of her two cats and beagle. She visits Amish communities in her area and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When not spending time with her family or friends she helps feed the homeless in South Dallas.You can find Beth on her website or twitter and become her friend on Facebook.