5 for Friday with Morgan Busse

Time for another 5 for Friday interview! I won’t always have interviews on Fridays. I plan on allowing Fridays to become a showcase for others be it interview or guest post or whatever creative thing we can come up with.

This week I wrangled author Morgan Busse to answer a few of my questions. Morgan L. Busse is passionate about authentic Christianity and shares from her own life her fears and triumphs as a follower of Jesus Christ. The wife of a pastor and mother to four children, she has plenty of adventures to draw from. Along with blogging, Morgan also writes speculative fiction and released her debut book, Daughter of Light, with Marcher Lord Press.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family outside of the writerly life…with special emphasis on how to pronounce your LAST NAME!

I am married to a wonderful man who I met on the battlefield…er…football field. Long, funny story that ended with me knocking Dan to his back. As I helped him back to his feet, we talked for the first time and the rest is history.

We have been through many adventures including seminary, moving all over the country, and raising four kids (including a set of twins, huge surprise for us!). Dan is a pastor, so ministry and parenting take up most of our time.

Along with our four children, we share a house with 2 dogs, a cat, and 2 longhaired guinea pigs (I’m a huge animal lover). It can be chaotic sometimes, but we love it!

Oh yes, and this is how you pronounce my last name: “bus” “ee” basically think school bus with a long ee at the end. Much easier than my maiden name. And easier to spell too!

2. What’s the most significant thing you’ve learned about yourself from your children?

That I am a sinner. No, really. I look back and see how much God has used my children to teach me patience, kindness, forgiveness, and prayer. There are times when I wish I were a better mother. But perhaps if I were perfect, my own children would not learn how to be humble and admit they are wrong and seek forgiveness.

3. How do you balance family, ministry, and still find time to write?

Priorities. Early on in ministry, Dan made a commitment that he never wanted our children to grow up saying the church took their daddy away. I realized I needed to make the same commitment. I could write all the bestsellers in the world and still lose if my children only remember mommy sitting at the computer all day writing.

On the other hand, books need to be written, especially when there is a deadline lol. So I use my time wisely. Right now, with it being summer and kids home from school, I am only able to put in about 2 hours a day. Fortunately, I already have my second book written and I’m now working on rewrites, so it’s doable.

When I’m not writing, I am plotting. And I can do that anytime and anywhere: while washing dishes, folding laundry, long car trip, etc… I have files on my computer where I keep plots, dialogue, description, and character profiles when they come to me. So when an hour comes that I can actually sit down and write, I don’t have to spend that time brainstorming. I’ve already done that and can focus on writing.

4. How does ministry factor into your writing?

It is why I write. I am a shy person. Reaching out to people is difficult for me. When I discovered writing, I found an outlet for sharing my heart and my faith. I love to blog. It is there I share my thoughts on life and Christianity. I have written posts about losing my faith…and finding it again. How to forgive when you’ve been betrayed. What is prayer and does God really answer?

When I write fiction, I don’t set out to write about a specific theme or teach. I set out to write about the journey of my characters. Even though I write fantasy, I want real characters who face real emotions and react in a real way to what happens in their lives (and not always in a Christian way, because in real life, we don’t always do what we should).

5. This one may be a little weird. I had a dream about you and your husband a little while back. My wife and I were hanging out with you two like old friends in what I believe was your “new apartment.” The main focus of topic was…if you take away Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who would win in a showdown between the house of Gryffindor and the house of Ravenclaw? So now I want it settled. I asked my wife already. Now I’m asking the two of you. Who would win and why?

Haha! What did you eat the night before? Just kidding.

Umm…probably tacos. I don’t remember. But I’m pretty sure I was hyped up on some antibiotics. 

Ravenclaw would win. Intellect over bravery. Of course, if I were part of Hogwarts, I would be in Ravenclaw, so perhaps there is some bias there. In school I was straight A student. Every area of my life was organized, I was meticulous about my studies, and I planned my homework out so that I finished the assignment 2 weeks in advance. Type A personality to the nth degree. Thank God He intervened by giving me Dan (who is my complete opposite) and 4 kids. I have definitely mellowed down!

Dan, of course, believes Gryffindor would win. But then again, he is a very brave man and would have ended up in Gryffindor (he’s also smart, but that doesn’t drive his life .

Thanks Morgan for being such a good sport! For more information on Morgan L. Busse and her book, go to www.morganlbusse.com and http://amzn.com/1935929496.

-k

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