Author Interview: Betsy St. Amant Haddox & Once Upon a Divorce

Posted January 11, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Betsy St. Amant, Christian, nonfiction / 13 Comments

Betsy St. Amant Haddox interview

I am so honored to have Betsy St. Amant Haddox on the blog today to chat about her new non-fiction book, Once Upon a Divorce: Walking With God After “The End”!

Betsy St. Amant Haddox

Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of over twenty romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her hubby, two daughters, an impressive stash of coffee mugs, and one furry Schnauzer-toddler. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored to truth. When she’s not composing her next book or baby-talking her dog, Betsy can be found somewhere in the vicinity of an iced coffee. She writes frequently for iBelieve, a devotional site for women, and offers author coaching and editing services through Storyside LLC. This is her first nonfiction title. Connect with Betsy at her website.

Once Upon a Divorce by Betsy St. Amant HaddoxONCE UPON A DIVORCE by Betsy St. Amant Haddox
GENRE: Non-Fiction / Divorce
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2024
PAGES: 200

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Hi Betsy! Welcome back to the blog!

Betsy: Apples! I love them with peanut butter, or at night as a snack, a scoop of cool whip with a few chocolate chips sprinkled in.

Carrie: mmm clearly i have been missing out by only eating them with peanut butter! haha!

Betsy: Hallmark, all the way! My favorite are the Christmas movies and the Murder Mysteries.

Carrie: ooo me too! especially the mysteries.

Betsy: Music, but I can’t listen to anything while I write, sadly. I love to listen and sing in my car, though. And as a taxi driver for my teenagers right now, I’m in my car a LOT!

Carrie: I do my best singing in the car – much to my husband’s chagrin when he’s with me LOL

Betsy: Print! 100%. I have a Kindle but only read it under duress. Lol 

Carrie: haha!

Q: Which books are ‘on your nightstand’ right now?

Betsy: I’m currently reading Irene Hannon’s latest romantic suspense “Into the Fire”, and coming up in my TBR pile is Charles Martin’s “Long Way Gone” and Lynette Eason’s “Collateral Damage.” For nonfiction, I’m currently reading Rosaria Butterfield’s book “The Gospel Comes with a House Key” and it is so rich.

Carrie: I loved those three fiction titles and while I haven’t read that particular book by her (yet) I read another by Rosaria Butterfield and loved it, too! Great choices!

Q: Which authors have inspired your writing?

Betsy: I’ve been inspired over the years by first Robin Jones Gunn, and then Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren, to name a few! Also more recently, Charles Martin, though he’s his own level, truly. He somehow inspires and also makes you want to quit at the same time! LOL

Carrie: hahaha

Q: What compelled you to write Once Upon a Divorce? What made this timing ‘right’?

Betsy: The idea of writing about my own story has been in the back of my mind ever since author Mary DeMuth casually said “You should write a nonfiction” at an ACFW conference table many moons ago. I felt the nudge from the Holy Spirit more recently, and agreed to do my part—I’d create the proposal and send it out, and He’d have to do the rest. I received some of the most beautiful, kind, complimentary rejection letters I’ve ever received, and thought that was that. I tried, no big deal! Then Kregel popped up, super excited and supportive about this message, and contracted the book. Which was great…until I realized that meant I had to actually write it. HA! Now here we are. It’s done. I did it. God did it.

Carrie: ah yes – the minor detail of writing it 😉

Q: If you could go back in time and take all you’ve learned in the past few years with you, what one thing would you tell your past self about your divorce & the next few years?

Betsy: “It’s going to get worse before it gets better, but then it gets really good. And by the time the Lord walks you through this, you won’t regret a thing.”

Carrie: oh i love that! 

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Once Upon a Divorce?

Betsy: I just want them to feel seen, and have hope in the fact that while this particular chapter of divorce in their life is incredibly hard, they’re not alone and God isn’t finished writing their story yet.

Carrie: amen ♥

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.

Betsy: I’m currently working on a three-book southern romance series titled Magnolia Bay, that will stack release in 2025! So excited about these. They include tropes of second chance romance, frenemies to lovers, and marriage of convenience.

What about you? What makes you want to read Once Upon a Divorce by Betsy St. Amant Haddox – or give it as a gift to a loved one?

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13 responses to “Author Interview: Betsy St. Amant Haddox & Once Upon a Divorce

  1. Lynette

    I have this book on my wishlist for as soon as I can afford it. I’m hoping this book prepares me for my future.

  2. MS Barb

    I was divorced in 1992–NONE of the churches I attended offer any kind of ministry/group/class for a divorced person, until a couple of years ago. There’s a group at my church for widows, widowers, & singles over 50 & it has been a blessing to me. I would like to know if Betsy encountered similar situations

    • I can only imagine how much harder that was then, and I’m so sorry! I’m glad you have a good tribe now – that is so crucial. Big hugs! I think Biblically we should treat divorced women as the Bible says to treat widows. That’s my mindset and one I’m trying to spread!

  3. Amy Donahue

    Not entering the giveaway but just wanted to say that I love Betsy and always look forward to reading her newsletters and books. She seems like such a positive person and her love of life, spirit of adventure, and attitude of gratitude always lifts my spirits 🙂

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