Q&A: Andrea Boeshaar
WHAT LED YOU TO WRITE UNDAUNTED FAITH?
The book was first released more than a decade ago by a small book club. I have always been partial to the story, so, after the rights reverted back to me, I rewrote the novel, increasing its word length, adding more character depth, and more plot twists. I also tailored it to fit my series. Realms, a division of Charisma Media, decided to publish the new, updated version. And it's not the same book that it was 12 years ago! I want to emphasize that. Readers who might have picked up the original version will still want to read my latest release. It's Book 4 in my Seasons of Redemption series.
STARTING OUT, WHO WERE THE AUTHORS WHO INSPIRED YOU? WHO INSPIRES YOU NOW?
I enjoyed reading authors such as Sally Laity and Louise Gouge. I still enjoy those authors' work. To date, I read and enjoy many others too, including debut authors like Karen Witemeyer.
I don't think I could write a novel that didn't include a strong faith element. It's everything to me and, I feel, a worthy dimension to all my books. I can never forget what the Savior did for me. How could I forget Him when penning words from my heart?
HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
Ever since I was in the 4th grade. I wrote "books" and mailed them to my grandmother who taught English in northern Wisconsin. I think she got a kick out of them.
WHAT DO YOU MOST HOPE THAT READERS GET FROM READING YOUR WORK?
I hope they realize that knowing of Jesus is not the same as knowing Him. I hope readers will see the relationship between my characters and God and make a decision for themselves. I hope the stories are faith in action. For those who are already believers, I pray my stories touch their hearts and give them the courage to face any trials in their lives. We all have them and encouragement is always welcome.