Welcome everyone to the first day of the Worth It All blog tour!!! I’m so excited for Bella as she’s now published three books! I have the privilege of kicking the whole tour off with an author interview! Here we go 🙂
Question 1: What was the hardest part of the writing process for this book as opposed to the other two?
Answer: The writing process for this book might have been my most difficult writing process yet. 🙂 Not only did I have a smaller time frame to write, edit, and prepare the book for publication, but this story is one so dear to my heart. Trying to figure out how to word everything just right was difficult because the words meant so much to me. My first book “I Dare You” was truly my heart and soul on paper. But with this new book, “Worth It All,” I was writing about something mush different and something that was the biggest part of my life. Finding the right words to explain exactly what it meant to me and exactly how the memories felt was probably the most difficult part. 🙂
Question 2: What did you enjoy most about writing Worth It All?
Answer: I most enjoyed writing a whole book about Bible Bee! 🙂 Although it was difficult to find the right words at times, it truly was the most exciting book I’ve written as I joyfully shared the excitement, laughter, tears, and joy of my experience with the National Bible Bee. The ending chapters where I shared my story of the 2015 National Competition were the most enjoyable because it was probably my most favorite year competing in the Bible Bee 🙂
Question 3: When did you get the idea to write Worth It All and how did you go about beginning the writing?
Answer: I actually first decided that I wanted to write a book about Bible Bee during my studying for Nationals 2013. At the time I wanted to call the book “Everything As Loss,” and I started to write it, but didn’t even get past the first chapter. I didn’t feel it was the time to write that book and I felt God leading me to wait until I was finished with my Bible Bee journey to begin writing. I am so thankful I waited until the day I became Bible Bee Alumni to start penning the words of my book because I was then able to share my entire Bible Bee story and all the faithfulness of God.
When I began writing the book shortly following Nationals 2015, I changed the name to “Worth It All,” which much better described what the message was. I would just sit at my computer and start writing only to delete everything and start over! I must have done that about ten times with this book before God finally inspired in me the thoughts in the first few chapters; of how life is a race and a journey, and I could compare that to my time as a National Bible Bee contestant. 🙂
Question 4: What writing advice would you give others who are just beginning?
Answer: Well, first I would tell you to just start writing. Don’t worry how it sounds, how it flows, or what’s going to happen next. Just write. At the end you’ll be able to go back and edit it, but you can’t edit it until it’s written, so write! Also, write for God and for yourself, as if His opinion is all that matters and you’re writing for your own eyes only. This is where you will create a book that will captivate and inspire others, and it doesn’t become about pleasing them, but about pleasing Him.
Question 5: What would you do differently if you had to do it all over again?
Answer: I would have written it as if no one else was going to see it because I didn’t think anyone ever would, so the writing process was very authentic and much easier. With this book I started out with so many different first drafts because I knew I was going to publish it and I was concerned with what everyone would think, so it had to be just perfect. I finally decided to sit down and write because I cared about this message ad God was in this book, and that’s when the words flowed more easily and authentically. So if I had to do it over again, I would’ve come to that realization a lot sooner. 🙂
Bella has done another amazing job with her writing 🙂 I would encourage everyone to get a copy of Worth It All, The King’s Princess, or I Dare You. You can get them from Bella’s Createspace page: http://www.createspace.com/6521567
Also, I want to encourage you all to go check out the other amazing blogs taking part in the Worth It All blog tour!
Tomorrow, go check out Raechel
The 2nd, go visit Katherine Forster
On November 3rd, come back and see me!
Then on the 4th go to Elizabeth Lindsey‘s blog
Next, Saturday the 5th, check out Beth H.
And to wrap the whole thing up with a bow, we have a post by the author herself, Isabella Morganthal on the 6th 🙂