Megan Bessing recently stopped by my blog to share some about her writing life.
Why did you start writing romantic suspense novels?
I’ve written in a few different genres, however, despite enjoying suspense/mystery television shows, writing suspense always intimidated me. So when Sunrise Publishing had an open audition to potentially learn how to write suspense with a well-known author, I thought it could be the perfect opportunity. And I’m so glad I was given the chance to learn under Lisa Phillips. Because of her mentorship, I can now say I’m a suspense author. Plus, there are more suspense books in my future.
What is your favorite spot for reading or reflecting on your current work-in-progress?
I have what I call my writing room. However, it’s less like a room and more like an outdoor shed. Originally, my husband built a tiny building at my in-laws to be used as a greenhouse. Pretty much the entire front is covered in windows and a glass door. Recently, my in-laws no longer wanted it, so they moved the building to our house, and we put it by our lake. My husband then put electricity in there for me to run my computer and also a fan or heater depending on the weather. My writing “shed” is just large enough for a desk on one side and a lawn chair on the other, but it’s quiet, and I love looking out at the water while I’m writing.
What’s your go-to when you need a pick-me-up to keep writing?
It can be as simple as just stopping to pray. I also often go for a walk around our lake. And another cup or tea or a snack goes a long way in helping my brain power through.
What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, and then secretly a ballerina. But no, neither of those wishes actually came true—though I have spent many years having kids in my home and teaching outside the school. I did finally take my first ballet class when I was in my early twenties. I’m currently quite content being an author and teaching my own children, plus kids at our church. However, I wouldn’t mind taking another ballet class again.
What is one of your favorite ways to connect with readers?
Instagram is probably my favorite. I think I share the most of my personality on there. But Facebook is where my readers tend to open up to me the most, and I love that as well.
Which of your books is your favorite and why?
My favorite suspense book I’ve written so far is Expired Hope. I love the themes of hope, healing, and happily-ever-after it shares with readers.
Megan Besing adores happily-ever-afters filled with hope and humor. She lives in a pocket-size Indiana town with her husband, their children, some chickens and a dog. She’s always planning a road trip, but her favorite place may just be on her front porch drinking tea.
What will it cost him to save her from the flames?
Veteran and therapist Natalie Atkinson is all about facing fears and surviving. After all, she’s been there, done that, and she’s ready for a new future in Last Chance County. Even if it includes helping the incoming fire chief confront his own issues to lead his fractured team.
Fire Chief Macon James has finally come home to do the job he’s always longed for, and he doesn’t need a therapist interfering with the running of his crew. More, she’s put them in jeopardy by insisting she “train with them”—a liability that might just get them killed. The way he sees it, she’s just another counsellor, interfering in ways that destroy lives.
When an explosion destroys her car, it seems Natalie is a magnet for trouble. Is she the target of a stalker? Macon has no choice but to stick around and find out. But getting close to Natalie means discovering her secrets…and risking the chance she’ll discover his.
But her so-called stalker isn’t giving up. And when his worst fears ignite, with Natalie right in the middle, Macon will have to become the leader the team so desperately needs if they hope to save her life.