Thursday, July 7, 2016

Keturah Lamb | Author Interview

This week, we have Keturah over for an interview!

First off, tell us a little bit about your books.
I haven't published anything, but I've written many, many short stories, most of which I think of as master pieces, lol. Included in those are an original fairy tale, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, a story about a girl and her 13 outlaw boy cousins, and a retelling of the Pied Piper story. I also wrote a Novella called Silent Thoughts, which I am hoping to publish soon. I just completed another short story called When Souls Breath On, about a young girl in charge of her retarded brother, on a strange and soul-changing journey - beneath the waters.

And yes, for novels. Those are coming! My first is almost written, and I have several others in the making! :)

I don't necessarily write in a specific genre. I just write stories about people living life and having to make choices - or sometimes making choices that will lead them to some place they never imagined.
I write stories about people journeying through their thoughts and emotions, and going through hard things. I write comedy, sadness, laughter.

I write it in my fiction. And in my non-fiction and articles - I write things that I'm passionate about.

Sounds like some exciting times are ahead for you with getting your writing out in the world! What spurred on the desire for writing​?​
I really don't know. I have just always wrote. And read. And wrote. I've always knew I should write.
When I was little it was weird short stories.
Then grew into a bunch of poetry and even a song.
I had a bunch of good ideas for stories at a young age, but I couldn't write them for some reason.
Until I found Go Teen Writers. They gave me the encouragement to JUST write.
But even that wasn't enough. I had joined a knitting site called Ravelry. On here I found a community of like-minded girls, and I joined their monthly writing challenge.
Here I found the motivation (especially since there was a time limit) to complete a story, and found the support of others reading and liking my stuff.
From there I joined a Go Teen Writer's challenge to write 100 words a day for 100 days with a friend.
I say I write because I have to. But I'm also extremely extroverted and a people person, so I also wrote for others - and to show others that we don't have to live in unreality, but accept life as a beautiful gift from God.

How do you balance writing with living -- or is writing your full-time job?
It's quite hard, honestly. And being extroverted and living an active life doesn't help any.
I'm the oldest of 11 children. I have a babysitting job and several housecleaning jobs. I do custom sewing, knitting, embroidery, and such, plus I have a lot of friends and keep my social life busy.
But I still try to write every day.
I do my daily journaling every night before going to sleep (I've been doing this since age 11 and only skipped a handful of days.)
I work on my stories one at a time...and force myself to keep at it.
I have decided to write once a week for my blog and every other for another blog. And I do.
Sometimes the post isn't done until the night before it's scheduled - but it always gets done.

You're definitely more committed to your journal than I am! Who do you hope to reach with your writing?
Any one needing joy or hope in their life. So basically everyone.
I want to show all that there's beauty in whatever situation you are in. I want to give them a story they can enjoy and laugh at and find hope from.
And I also want to show them that despite others saying contrary, God does exist and does care.

Nice goals. If someone asked you for your best writing tip, what would it be?
Keep writing. And that writer's block doesn't exist. It's just an excuse to not write. If that still doesn't work - then why are you writing?
Find a reason worthy of doing what you are doing, then get last what you feel like doing - not writing - and write!

Hmm...great tip! What are three things that you greatly enjoy doing?
Three things only! Wow...
1. Dancing!
I love to dance, especially fast extricate dances. My favorite are Posties Jig, Cotton Eye Joe, and the Cupid Shuffle - for those that don't dance those are three totally different dances, haha!!! ;)
2. Knitting.
I love to do textured things and use bright colors and make up my own patterns. I really like to make socks and hats. Love hats. Like I really, really like hats.
I used to never be seen with out a hat of some sort - normally a cloth fishing type of hat. Now I hardly wear hard as much...but still love them!
3. Reading books or studying any interesting fact.
I have always collected books...and own boxes and boxes of books (all organized by the author). And most of them are old books. I love R. M. Ballantyne, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Macdonald, C. S. Lewis, L. M. Alcott, Katherine Paterson, and Nancy Drew mystery books. Katherine Paterson is probably my favorite author...and I would love to write like her! And I love studying and reading non-fiction books, biographies, history, mythology, some philosophical stuff, and such! 

Sounds like a lot of fun stuff! I'm so glad to have you here on my blog and get to know you better! Best wishes on your writing!

Hi! I'm just a crazy almost 20-year old writer - that loves to make people laugh most of all. Laughter and joy are necessities in life, I believe, but I still love it when my writing makes people cry, think, or change their mindset and the world around them.
That's what I really love - getting reactions out of people. But more than that? I like to help people make a difference. I want to be a part of God's great work in changing the world through His people with  kindness, unselfishness, and servant-like love.

Other places my readers can connect with me:
Facebook: Keturah Lamb
Facebook Page: Keturah's Korner
Twitter: @KeturahAbigail
Instagram: Keturah Lamb
Email: keturahskorner(@)gmail(dot)com
Fashion Blog: A Pinch Of Classy


Keturah Lamb said...

Thanks for hosting me, Amanda!!!!!

Amanda Tero said...

The pleasure is mine! :D

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