About the Author
Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
1. If you could travel anywhere in the world for book research (expense covered for you by an anonymous donor), where would you go and why?
Ooh, fun question! I would visit the Rockies again! Both in Montana and up into Canada. I LOVE the mountains, and most of my books are set in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. This Freedom Journey takes place in the Canadian Rockies, just over the border between Montana and Alberta.
2. What genre(s) do you write? Why do you choose to write in this genre?
I write Christian historical romance, and tend to be a bit of a sentimentalist, so this genre is perfect for me! My favorite period is between 1800 - 1880, when the western mountains were still an unsettled wilderness. I love the simpler life, where there's no rat race. Just hard work, plenty of alone time (can you tell I'm an introvert?), and a strong family unit. God is the central element in my life, so I want my books to naturally reflect him.
3. What top 5 books are currently on your TBR pile?
My favorite stack these days! I just started Laura Frantz’s The Lacemaker (she’s one of my all-time favorite authors!). Next up will be A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden, My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken, A Rose So Fair by Myra Johnson, and The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy.
4. What inspired your idea for This Freedom Journey?
Adrien and Mary in This Freedom Journey become the aunt and uncle of characters who star in the other books in the series, so I had already heard Mary tell bits of their story in those other books. I loved getting to imagine all the details, though, and learn about Mary and Adrien’s very different backgrounds. The more I learned, the more I realized what incredible people they were!
5. What do you want readers to take away from reading This Freedom Journey?
God’s overwhelming love that will find us wherever we are. No matter how many mountains and snowstorms we think separate us from the rest of the world, God’s love never stops seeking us.
6. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
I’m writing the next book in this series, featuring Simeon’s sister, Noelle. That woman has spunk! She’s determined to make a name for herself as a newspaper correspondent, and plans to write articles about the wild mountain wilderness as she travels to visit Simeon and his new family in the Canadian Rockies. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with the wild beauty of the land they travel through, nor with the mountain man who leads their group through this treacherous country. I think readers will love it as much as I am!
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