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
, 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. South Carolina
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.
Welcome back, Misty. Why did you become an author?
I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, "Write a novel that's published" made it near the top!
I decided, it's now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can't recommend it highly enough!
From there, I've soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I've spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It's my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.
If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
That’s a tough question because I LOVE writing. If I had to choose another job outside the home…After high school, I became a substitute teacher, and I loved working with kids. It was a little stressful for this introvert, but the kids were so worth it!
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
That’s an easy one! I’d love to go back to the middle of the 1800s, around the time periods I write. Although, I’m not sure I’d want to go through all the trials my characters have to!
What place in the
have you not visited that you would like to? United States
I was blessed to have traveled a lot with my grandparents while growing up, but
New England is one place
we never went. I’d love to visit in the fall!
How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
My number one place I’d love to visit would be
Italy, but England
are a close second and third! I hope one day to be able to spend a month
touring Spain Europe with my husband and daughters. 😊
What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
He’s been working with me on total obedience. Following His gentle prompting without second guessing or trying to compromise, both in the little things and the big things. It’s tough sometimes, but God is so faithful to give us exactly what we need!
Tell us about the featured book?
I’d love to!
Joseph Malcom has spent his life protecting those in need, but now that his sister is safely settled with her new family in the Canadian Rockies, his help is no longer required. That is, until he’s asked to safely retrieve the priest’s cousin to help minister to the local Indian tribe. But his passenger is not at all who he expects.
After the death of her mother, Monti Bergeron has nothing to keep her in
While the prospect of ministering to the Indians out West is daunting, she
looks forward to assisting her beloved cousin in his mission work. The life of
a nun may be just what she needs to heal her grief, serving her Heavenly Father
and fellow mankind, especially if no more pesky suitors are around to ask for
her hand in marriage. But the man who’s been sent to guide her through the
mountains might make her second-guess her plans before she even begins. Montreal
As Monti settles into her ministry, Joseph finds his wandering feet drawn back to the Indian camp. Monti’s focus on God is more unsettling than he’d like to admit. Add to that her beauty which tests his willpower at every turn, and she’s made it crystal clear she doesn’t want a husband. But when his determination to keep distance between them puts Monti in danger, protecting her might require something Joseph might not be able to give.
Please give us the first page of the book.
I am the luckiest man alive. Here I stand at the edge of the world, nothing below me but rock and mountain and snow and a lake so clear it reflects the sky like green moss. It’s not yet frozen, but I know it soon will be. Another wonder of God. The stack of His marvels so high it stretches as far as I can see.
And here I stand in the midst of them. A place as beautiful as heaven, surely.
So why do my eyes sting? Why does my heart ache?
What do I long for?
If I could form it with words, maybe then I would know what I seek. I could focus my restless energy on a goal. A single purpose that would make this life worth living.
How much longer can I live with this flood of emotion that churns through my mind and chest? How much longer can I withstand this saturation of feeling before I lose the ability to feel at all?
Maybe I am there already.
Joseph Malcom closed his leather journal and stared out at the view one last time. Snowcapped peaks stretching as far as he could see, rising into the heavens, some of them covered completely by clouds. Far below, scrawny pines and firs darkened the valleys, winding around and between the green pools that dotted the flat ground.
The wild beauty of this land had fascinated him since he’d first traveled into this country. The craving to explore these peaks had been part of what urged him to stay on here in these Canadian Rockies instead of returning to Baltimore—the only other place he could think of as home.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Misty, for sharing this book with us. I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release. So have my readers.
Readers, here are links to the book.This Wilderness Journey (Heart of the Mountains) (Volume 2) - Paperback
This Wilderness Journey (Heart of the Mountains Book 2) - Kindle
This Wilderness Journey: Heart of the Mountains, Book 2 - Audio
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