Hi, Beckie! Thank you for joining us today. How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I was very young. I started with writing songs and poems. We moved a lot when I was growing up (over 20 times). My friends were in the books I’d read and the stories I would create myself. I have one lifelong friend, Jill, who remembers my crazy imagination. We laugh the wild stories I’d tell.
What inspired your quest to become a writer? Honestly, it’s just part of me. I love to read a good story as much as I love to create one. I cannot imagine life without stories.
Tell us a little bit about Beauties from Ashes! When I began writing BFA, it was a cathartic exercise for myself. About four chapters in, I realized God wanted me to keep going. So I did!
The book is based very loosely on the testimonies of a few of my very dear friends and of my onw. BFA has four main characters who attend the same high school. They are each very different except for the secrets they are hiding. It’s the secrets that draw them together. But all that’s been kept hidden has left them vulnerable to a spiritual battle between demons who strive to keep girls chained to their pasts and angels of light who work to free them.
The story aims to bring awareness to the reality of spiritual warfare, bondage involving past hurts, as well as deeply rooted sin while drawing readers to the redemptive love of God. Each of the girls in BFA grapples with some deep scars ranging from sexual abuse to bulimia. these are tough, but real subjects I feel the church tends to neglect. As if “true” Christians don’t experience such things. I am passionate about teens and their struggles. My hope is to use the power of story to draw readers to God in a non-preachy, non-cheesy way by using real-life issues and characters.
By the way, this is book one in a series of three. I’m excited to say I just finished chapter eight of book two!
What is the greatest praise you’ve received about your writing so far? Here’s an endorsement from author Ashley Jones for BFA:
“If C. S. Lewis were to rewrite The Screwtape Letters focusing on the trials and tribulations of modern high school girls, it would read like Beckie Lindsey’s Beauties from Ashes. This powerful story will remind you that you do not battle against yourself or other people, but against the devil. Read it with the lights on. Then, rest peacefully, knowing that God loves you and protects you.”
Your most creative ideas come when. . . I’m always thinking of characters and story plots, ideas for articles to inspire others, or something to do with writing. I even dream about it sometimes. When I’m out on a jog, I feel free and those endorphins seem to kick in. I find myself running faster to get home nd write down whatever ideas God has given me. I use my jogging time as an extension to my writing prayer time.
Describe your writing style in three words. Honest, spiritual, thought-provoking.
Which author most influenced your writing style? Wow, that’s tough. There are a lot that have influenced me in subtle ways throughout my life. I’d say in the last ten years, the ones who’ve influenced me most would be: Francine Rivers, Frank Peretti, Erin Magnum, C. S. Lewis, Ted Dekker, Flannery O’Conner.
What is your favorite thing about writing? What is your least favorite? Writing fiction allows me to get away with making stuff up and gives me an excuse for being my weird self. The least favorite is marketing!
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? DO NOT GIVE UP. Write at least a paragraph six days a week without fail. Take one day off to rest your brain— God even took a day off. 🙂 And while you’re at it, spend some extended time of reflection with God. Read, read, read. Go to writers’ conferences.
When you aren’t writing, you enjoy. . . I love to read, watch movies, hike, go to watch sports and golf with my hubby and friends, hang out with my adult kids who I count as my friends now that they are grown, spend time with girl friends, drink coffee and go out to dinner. I also love to volunteer mentoring teenage girls, and in women’s and music ministry at my church.
Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning writer, poet, freelancer, and blogger. She is the editor of Southern California Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, LLC., a national news syndicating agency. She is the author of devotions, a devotional study journal, and the upcoming YA novel, Beauties from Ashes. She and her husband Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats, and live in Southern California. Learn more about Beckie at beckielindsey.com.