I am delighted today to welcome my first writing team of sisters to the blog!
Bethany Acker enjoys telling stories of healing and grace. She is a proud auntie, and she spends her free time baking and hanging out with family.
Emily Acker has been writing since she was a young child. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with her nieces and nephews. She has a heart for the hurting and longs to have God use her writing to help those who are broken.
Their debut novel, No Longer Broken, released in July 2016 from eLectio Publishing.
Knowing that he has wronged the ones he loves most, Isaiah Russo is ready to put his new-found faith into action and make things right. Heading back to his hometown, he encounters the brother he has hurt, the father he has always been distant from, and the teenage son whom he has never met.
Both Isaiah and his brother Jack struggle to forgive each other and to become the fathers that they should be as they face old hurts, painful secrets, and new challenges.
As they choose to love and live as God wants them to, will they find themselves to be . . . NO LONGER BROKEN?
Hi Emily and Bethany! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Bethany: If I had to pick one I’d pick apples because of how sweet and crisp they are. I also like apple juice better than orange juice.
Emily: Apples. Because there are so many varieties out there and they taste good with a variety of other foods.
Carrie: I agree! It’s unanimous 😀
Bethany: Summer! I love the warm weather (Wisconsin winters can be pretty brutal.) Going for walks, taking my nieces and nephews to parks…
Emily: Definitely summer. I would rather not have to deal with snow and cold, and I love the sunshine and warm days.
Carrie: I know i’m the odd one out here but I miss Northern IL/Southern WI winters! Kentucky never gets enough snow for me.
Bethany: Dogs, but I don’t have any pets.
Emily: Dogs. They have bigger personalities and are more fun.
Carrie: My dog Zuzu says you’re her new best friends 🙂
Bethany: Coffee. I just never really got into tea.
Emily: Energy drinks. 😉 I choose coffee over tea because it has more flavor.
Carrie: I would definitely choose energy drinks over both of these options lol
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Bethany: Traveling fast. Is that a superpower? I would love to get from one place to another without taking any time. That way I could travel wherever I want when I want. And I could live anywhere (somewhere warmer would be nice) and not miss out on special moments with my family.
Emily: I would like to have the ability to read minds. It would be helpful to always know what everyone around me is thinking.
Carrie: Traveling fast? Yes please!! I’m not sure I’d want the ability to read minds though… I would probably be worse off knowing what everyone is really thinking lol
Books are kind-of a big deal around here. Tell me some good books you’ve read recently!
Bethany: I am currently reading Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren and it is great. She is one of my favorite authors with complex characters and stories. Another book I read (somewhat) recently and loved is Jenny B. Jones’s I’ll Be Yours.
Emily: Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix tells the fictional story of a woman who followed her husband far away from the comforts of home and who struggles to be a good wife and mom while living in Nepal. This book is very raw and real, almost painful to read, and I was touched by it.
Carrie: Of Stillness and Storm is so powerful! And Bethany’s books are on my must-read-this-soon list 😉
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Emily: We like to write anywhere we can comfortably fit with a laptop between us, most often on the couch.
Carrie: I love that little glimpse into y’all’s writing process too!
Bethany: My purse is filled with everything from lotion and an emergency first aid kit to my wallet, sunglasses, lip gloss, a notepad and pen, and some gluten free snacks and gum. I never like to go anywhere without it! It has all of the essentials I need. I guess it would show you that I’m a homebody and like to keep all of the comforts of home with me even while I am away.
Carrie: Lotion is an essential for me! And gum. Because I’ve promised my nieces and nephews that I will always have gum. haha!
You cowrote your first novel, No Longer Broken. What are the challenges of storycrafting with someone else, particularly a family member? And on the flip side, what are the benefits?
Bethany: The main challenges of writing together are in timing. Being ready to write at the same time, figuring out how to make all of our characters’ stories end well at the same time, etc.
Carrie: That would be tough!
Emily: One of the benefits of writing with someone else is that the writing experience is always fresh and new. You never really know what is to come, and that keeps everything exciting. I also think it is motivating to have someone else writing with you. One major benefit of writing with a family member is that I can be real with Bethany. I can relax as we write together. We are close, and we feel completely comfortable working together.
Carrie: I love that!
No Longer Broken is a story of reconciliation after deep family hurt. How does this verse – “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) – reflect the theme of the book?
Emily: The story is all about the hope of a better future after a painful past. Only God can offer that kind of hope to people who have been through some of the hurtful things that the characters in the book have been through.
Carrie: Yes. Amen.
What do you most want readers to take away from No Longer Broken?
Bethany: I would like for people to feel encouraged from reading this story. I want them to see that grace and forgiveness are waiting for them, and that it’s never too late to fix their brokenness.
Carrie: All my yeses!
Thank you both so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Emily: We continue to write together every day, and we have hopes of putting out more novels in the future. We also blog and are continuing to promote No Longer Broken.
What about you? Do you think you could write a book with your sibling (or maybe a best friend)?