I was recently given the honor of interviewing Ms. Sally Stuart, of the ever popular
"Sally Stuart's Christian Writers' Market Guide"!
If you've never picked up a copy, you're seriously missing out! I've personally found the Christian Writers' Market Guide to be THE most helpful resource currently available to Christian authors world-wide!
Betsy: What first inspired you to create the Writers' Guide books?
Sally: I started searching out markets for my own writing from the time I started writing. Soon I was sharing that market information with other writers through writer's periodicals. Eventually one of my editors told me if I'd put a book together he'd publish it. I did--and he did--and the rest, as they say, is history.
Betsy: Will you share with readers a little bit of your own spiritual journey?
Sally: I became a Christian when I was 13--although I was not raised in a Christian home. Even though I was very shy as a young wife and mother, at one point--with three young children at home--God lead me to writing as a way to express myself in ways I couldn't verbally. I have felt his leading through all these years both as a writer and in doing the market guide to facilitate others as they follow His leading as well.
Betsy: What are some of your favorite Christian fiction books?
Sally: I love the Mitford Series!
Betsy: Who are a few of your favorite Christian fiction authors?
Sally: Penelope Stokes, Lauraine Snelling, Donna Fleisher, Bonnie Leon, Elsie Larson, Bette Nordberg
Betsy: Do you have other projects going other than the Christian Writers Guide line?
Sally: I don't have anything in the works right now. Just finishing up the 2008 market guide. It takes up most of my time, but I hope to get back to writing after I retire in the next few years. I miss the freelance writing that I did for so many years. I have written a dozen books (mostly nonfiction) in addition to the 23 editions of the market guide. I did have a western novel I co-authored published in the general market.
Betsy: Thanks for visiting with us today, Sally! On behalf of Christian writers everywhere, let me say - we sincerely appreciate you and your hard work! =)
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