For the first time in FaithWriters/Breath of Fresh Air Press Page Turner history, TWO different manuscripts have been selected as winners – one fiction and one nonfiction – in celebration of the first chapter contest’s tenth year. Over the next month or so, you will have the opportunity to hear about and meet four different people and their books – the champions and runners up in both categories. First, the Fiction Page Turner winner: Meghan Andersch.
JOANNE SHER: First of all, congratulations on winning the Fiction Page Turner! Can you tell us a bit about how you found out? What was your reaction?
MEGHAN ANDERSCH: Thanks, Joanne! I first found out via Paypal notification with a congratulatory note from Mike and Bea. I figured there must be a glitch, especially since it was a month early. Then the announcement went up on the FaithWriters site, and it slowly started to dawn on me that this was for real. I was absolutely floored. I called my husband, mom, mom-in-law, and sister (I am blessed with a great group of encouragers) and then just basically floated around the house for the rest of the evening.
JOANNE: That early announcement took ALL of us by surprise – and I’m glad it DID sink in . When do you first remember developing a passion/love for writing?
MEGHAN: I fell in love with books as soon as I learned to read, and dabbled in writing early on. I wrote a lot of (terrible) poetry in elementary school and started getting more into writing fiction in high school. I got serious about writing later when considering a career change. My husband and I were talking about adopting through the foster care system, and with the state government job I had, it was considered a conflict of interest for me to become a foster parent.
I participated in some of the writing challenges at FaithWriters and completed my first novel rough draft during NaNoWriMo 2012. It was during that November I discovered I absolutely loved writing. It was hard for me to switch my brain from my fantasy world and go to my other job!