Willowy Whisper is a young, Christian fiction author. She lives in a beautiful place called West Virginia, nestled between mountain and field. She is the author of ten novels, nine of which are published, and numerous short stories. She is also a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, an incurable romantic, and a passionate dreamer.
With that said, I hope you enjoy this blogpost jampacked full of details on Willowy Whisper and her new novel, as well as her writing process, and a few random questions! Don't forget to check out her interview with me over on her blog! In that interview, I talk openly about my book and writing for the first time other than on Rosepetalsandfaith! I'm so excited for you to read it!
I’m so thrilled that I could have you on the blog, Willowy Whisper (Hannah Linder). Recently as I got the privilege to read your book and get to know you, it just made it even more surreal! When you reached out to me, I couldn’t help but get all giddy inside because we share many common interests! The fact that we live in the same state, let alone same county is epic. God is so cool about placing the right people in our lives at the right time. He definitely knows what we need.
So, of course, I have some questions for you! Let’s hop right into it, shall we?
You recently published your tenth novel, congratulations! (Get Hannah’s book here.) Could you tell us a bit about it?
Absolutely! Widow’s Heart is a standalone, Christian-Fiction novel of 104,174 words. Here is a quick synopsis:
"He only wanted justice.
She only wanted peace.
Gabe Anderson didn’t come to San Belfry to kill. He didn’t even know he’d left a widow until it was too late. But it wasn’t his fault. He had done the only thing he could do, because he had to find those men. He had to uncover their masks. He couldn’t let his brother’s killers go unpunished.
Essie Kincaid didn’t even see it coming. She didn’t know the truth until it was too late, until her husband was dead. Now she’s faced with the wrath of an entire town. She’s an outcast for the second time, and as her world sinks deeper into an abyss of madness, she must fight for the only thing she has left . . . her life.
As the two are thrown together in a devastating plight, it doesn’t make sense for them to fall in love. Too much has happened. Too much lingers between them. Yet as their bruised souls begin to mend together, other forces are already forming to keep them apart. Does their last hope of happiness even stand a chance?"
What inspired you to write Widow’s Heart?
This is always a difficult question for me. I cannot pinpoint any one thing or event that inspired Widow’s Heart—although, as with all my books, my inspiration comes from people. I find them fascinating. Strangers here and there, emotions and how they’re dealt with, the seasons of hearts young and old . . . yes, my inspiration undoubtably lies within the human race.
I’m mind blown that at the age you’re at (nineteen), you’ve already written ten books! What initially piqued your interest in the subject of writing? When did you start writing?
I first decided to write a novel at twelve years old, when I realized that my second cousin was writing a book. I’ve never stopped since!
Okay, I’ve always been curious, so this is my way of finding out (lol!), but what is the meaning behind the name Willowy Whisper? I’m excited for your answer!
I have always loved Willow trees. They are the most breathtaking tree in all the world.
When it comes to writing, what’s your favorite part? (Ex: Coming up with names, creating the book cover, etc.)
I truly love every aspect of writing a novel (minus the publishing process), but I would have to say that my favorite part is simply writing. I literally have the story rolling in my head all day long sometimes . . . what so and so is going to say, how Mr. Main Character is going to react, when Mr. Bad Guy enters and destroys. When I finally get to sit down and write, it is such fun to watch the story finally unfold.
You plot a lot of your stories “back in the day”, as people say. I think that’s so interesting and cool! Is there a reason why?
Well, I am fairly certain I was born in the wrong time period. So even if I am stuck in the twenty-first century, at least I can feel at home in my fictional worlds.
Is there an author that inspires you? If so, what is your favorite read written by him/her?
Kristen Heitzmann! Not only is she one of the most amazing authors I have ever read, but she takes the time to interact with her readers. A Rush of Wings, my all-time favorite, had me enraptured in every way.
Besides writing, what are some other things that you love to do?
I love playing my instruments (piano, guitar, and ukulele), singing, painting, reading, song writing, walking in the rain, taking pictures, going to church, and talking to Jesus!
If you could give any piece of advice to writers who want to excel toward publishing, what would it be?
Read, write, pray . . . repeat.
Lastly, a fun little question. Would you rather read a wonderful novel surrounded by mountains or by the rippling ocean?
Well, I’ve got a West Virginia heart. Give me the mountains!
Thank you so much for taking time to be interviewed! I had a blast getting to know you personally, Willowy Whisper. I can’t wait to see what else you’ll accomplish with God by your side! It’s truly great to get to know another writer friend in Christ!
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