I am just absolutely delighted today to welcome one of my bookish buddies, Megan Besing, for a chat about her debut novella!
Megan Besing adores reading, writing, and reviewing stories with happily-ever-afters. Her own writings have received many awards, including being a multi-category finalist in ACFW’s Genesis and a winner of MCRW’s Melody of Love contest. Her debut Perfect for the Preacher releases February 1, 2018 in Barbour’s Mail-Order Brides Novella Collection.
Her debut novella, “Perfect for the Preacher”, is part of The Mail-Order Brides Collection from Barbour!
What kind of woman would answer an advertisement and marry a stranger?
Escape into the history of the American West along with nine couples whose relationships begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love?
Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing
Fresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that he’s mature. If only his mail-order bride wasn’t an ex-saloon girl, or worse, pregnant.
Also includes novellas from Noelle Marchand, Donna Schlachter, Sherri Shackelford, Michelle Shocklee, Ann Shorey, Liz Tolsma, Jennifer Uhlarik and Kathleen Y’Barbo.
Hi sweet friend! Welcome to the blog!
Megan: Thanks for having me!
Carrie: I am so excited for you to be here!
Megan: Can I go with grapes? If not, then those little oranges followed by the Fuji apples—the sweet and crisp ones.
Carrie: haha! yes, you can go with grapes 🙂
Megan: Snow is beautiful, and I love family sledding days. But I’d have to say Summer is my favorite. I don’t enjoy being cold. (And I’m always cold!) Also, the beach is way more fun when it’s warmer!
Carrie: “the beach is way more fun when it’s warmer” – I will give you that! lol!
Megan: I know what the answer ‘should’ be here, and I do enjoy my dog Abraham (more so once he learns not to jump on my kiddos.) But I’m more of a cat person. (Sorry, Carrie and Zuzu. Please still be my friend.)
Carrie: Of course we can still be friends! As long as Zuzu lets me… LOL
Megan: Tea with lots of sugar. 😊 I keep trying to like coffee. It smells so lovely, and there’s the caffeine kick that would be helpful in the mornings. However, I just can’t seem to find what all the hype is about. Although, my all-time favorite drink is a Vanilla Coke.
Carrie: I am totally with you, here. If coffee tasted like it smelled I would be a fan. But… I’ll stick with my Diet Coke instead!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Megan: If I possess anything close to being a superpower it would maybe be working with children. Kids just seem to migrate towards me, even when I don’t know them. But if I could have any kind of power…super speed would be cool. We could travel faster and see more of the world. I could get chores done quicker, which means I could read more. 😊
Carrie: Kids drawn to you, super speed for chores and travel… are you sure you’re not Mary Poppins? 😉
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Megan: Unfortunately, not too many years ago (like maybe 7?) the only sections I actually visited were the magazines or children books, and that was only because my husband drug me inside a book store to begin with. (I know! Hangs head in shame.) But I’m so proud to say that NOW I love reading, I love writing, and I LOVE BOOK STORES! And today, my first stops are the YA aisles and then I’m off to the Christian Fiction.
Carrie: We’ll just ignore the bookless years 😉 YAY for being a book & bookstore lover now!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Megan: That I’m prepared for pretty much everything, however, we may just have to dig to find it because I’m way less organized than I appear and keep things way longer than I should. But if we’re out and you ever need a hair tie, Chapstick, toy for a child, coupon, or e-book, I’m your girl.
Carrie: haha! love it
Q: If you were a mail-order bride, how would you describe yourself to a prospective husband?
Megan: Great question! But this is hard! Hmmm. I probably should first mention something about how I’m stronger and more useful than I first appear, or they may send me back upon arrival. That I love Jesus. I’m good with children. Compassionate. Dependable. Quiet until I feel at home. And that I can make a mean batch of gravy.
Carrie: The gravy seals the deal 🙂
Q: In “Perfect for the Preacher”, Amos Lowry is in for a big surprise when he meets his mail-order bride Sophie. Who would you cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce your novella as a movie?
Megan: I think I may need a panel for help. How about Kaitlyn Dever for Sophie. She played Eve Baxter, the youngest daughter on Last Man Standing. Or maybe Dakota Fanning? For Amos…Tim Tebow. 😊 Even though he’s not an actor, nor really fits the physical characteristics. So I’m totally open to suggestions! Maybe: Shane Harper (God’s Not Dead), Spencer Boldman (Lab Rats), or Taron Egerton (Kingsman)???
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Carrie: Ooo… so many droolworthy choices! 😀
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Perfect for the Preacher?
Megan: That things aren’t always as they first appear, pasts are forgivable, and to remember to keep our priorities in the right order.
Carrie: So important to remember!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Megan: Oh, how I’d love to tell you something official here, but just know that I’m always writing (in multiple genres), so hopefully sooner rather than later you’ll see more from me. 😊
Carrie: I believe it!!
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What about you? Which of Megan’s picks for Amos do you prefer?