Author Katie Ganshert

Glue, Questions, and Connecting {An Interview with Author Katie Ganshert}

A coffeehouse. Willow trees. Joy after grief.

Boom. You had me at “coffee,” Katie. You had me at “coffee.”

Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert - an interview at Under God's Mighty Hand

I’m currently reading Wishing on Willowsthe second novel by Katie Ganshert. I’m captivated. Entranced. Trying to read even a paragraph or two whenever I get a few seconds. I was already attached to the main characters and wondering what will happen next by Chapter 2. (Read about Wishing on Willows here.)

I have the absolute pleasure of sharing my interview with Katie with you all today. Keep reading after the questions for some freebie information! (My questions are bolded. Katie’s answers are indented below.)

An Interview with Author Katie Ganshert

1. Your “Q&A Time” on your blog reminded me of a question we used to ask when I was a teacher, too. If you could choose one object to represent you or your life journey so far, what would it be and why?

Oh, man, I could pick so many different things. Perhaps a bottle of glue. I truly feel like so much of what I’ve pursued in life or what I’ve gone through in life has drawn me closer and closer to God. Adoption and publication has a way of sticking me to Jesus like nothing else ever has. :-)

2. I love reading discussion questions associated with books. I usually wonder how the author herself would answer one or two of the questions. Which of the Wishing on Willows discussion questions is actually hardest for even you to answer? Why? Author Katie Ganshert

What an interesting question! You know, I love this, because when I set out to write discussion questions, my goal is to become the reader. I’m in a book club myself and the questions that stimulate the most discussion are those that aren’t so much about the book, as they are about us, the readers. So I try to write questions with that in mind.

The question that’s probably hardest for me to answer would be:

“On page 270, Robin poses a difficult question to Amanda. Do you agree with Amanda’s answer? What might you have said if Robin would have asked you for advice?”

Let me just say, figuring out how to have Amanda respond was difficult. I had to think about how I’d respond, and I really don’t know. In the original version, Amanda actually didn’t say anything. Her response was silence. She didn’t have an answer to give, because really, there isn’t one. But after edits, I did give her some words with which to comfort Robin.

3. If you could ask your readers one question (either about something they read in your book/how they perceived a character OR about your readers’ lives — you choose!), what would it be?

I would love to ask readers what in the story resonated with them the most–whether it be a character or a line or a particular scene or a theme. The reason I love this question is because it’s such a window into the reader’s heart. Every reader comes to a story from a different place–with a back story of their own, with specific fears and struggles and victories and hopes all their own. When readers answer this question, it’s like they are sharing a piece of themselves with me. I feel connected. And that’s one of the reasons why I write–to connect.


A little more about Katie:

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels. She and her husband are in the process of adopting from the Congo. You can find her online at her blog and on Facebook.

Thanks so much, Katie! I love getting “insider” background on novels, and finding out more about the author behind such enthralling words. Katie includes a ton of awesome “extras” on her website, too. Go here to see a video from Katie, “behind the scenes” information with her characters, fun facts, and book club offers.

Stay tuned for my review {plus a giveaway!} of Wishing on Willows next Monday!

And one more exciting offer: If you pre-order Wishing on Willows (before the March 19th release date), you can receive 7 free bonus devotions Katie wrote based on the themes of the book. If you pre-order by March 18th (the day before release), fill out this form on Katie’s website to receive your extra gift.

On release day (Tuesday, March 19th), Katie is hosting a Wishing on Willows Extravaganza,” from 6-7 pm central time on her Facebook page. It’s a live streaming event with Q&As, special guests, and prize pack giveaways from the characters of the novel! Go here on Tuesday, March 19th from 6-7 pm (Central time) for the fun!

Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert - an interview at Under God's Mighty Hand

What about you? Answer the first question I asked Katie (I loved her answer!) in the comments belowIf you could choose one object to represent you or your life journey so far, what would it be and why?

5 thoughts on “Glue, Questions, and Connecting {An Interview with Author Katie Ganshert}

  1. Katie Ganshert

    Hi Caroline! Thanks so much for having me. I absolutely loved the questions you asked!

  2. Ganise

    Always enjoy seing Katie. :-) And thank you for this Caroline!

    Would you believe that I am now realizing that Wishing on Willows is set to be released on March 15th … I kept on thinking April. I don’t know why.

    ANYWAYS!! That’s VERY good news. Because I had to privilege to read an ARC too and Wishing on Willows is not to be missed. Literally. I really enjoyed this post – especially the question the 3rd question Caroline asked. ‘I write to connect’. I like that Katie.

    To answer the question… hmmmmm a book? I feel as though chapter after chapter God is revealing to me the treasures hidden, the potentials and the big story. That there is more than what I see now. Far more. It’s a thrilling, engaging and sometimes a scary ride. But Daddy I love YOU completely and insanely and I chose to follow You – today and always.

    Blessings to you everyone!

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Love that, Ganise! And what a fun surprise that it’s coming out a month earlier than you thought!

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