Paula Wiseman was wonderfully blessed with the opportunity to stay at home with her children and follow her dream and a writer’s path, after working several years as research chemist. Ms. Wiseman has had work published in several editions of Cup of Comfort devotional books as well as in Life Savors for Women.
At present time, Paula Wiseman is busy promoting her amazing book, Contingency: Book One: Covenant of Trust Series, which is also her debut novel. Contingency has spent time on the Amazon.com Christian Fiction bestsellers list, as well as the #1 Hot New Release in Christian Fiction. Ms. Wiseman’s second novel in the series, Indemnity, has also been released as of April of this year.
To learn more about Paula Wiseman, as well as her thoughts on life matters and faith, please visit her blog.
Thank you for this interview, Paula. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Thank you for the opportunity. I am a total word nerd, always writing, reading or teaching something. I’ve written stories since grade school, and wrote a novel in college. That one will probably never see the light of day. Contingency was an idea that percolated for a couple of years before I started work on it in 2005.
Do you write full-time?
No. I have three kids, one of whom is homeschooled, so I write an hour or two a day, and then spend another couple of hours on the promotion and business side of things.
You’ve met an old friend from high school and you want to pitch your book to him/her in five minutes or less. What would you say?
Contingency is about a couple trying to put their marriage back together after he cheats on her, and how faith and forgiveness enter into that struggle to reconcile.
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
The target audience is women, generally 30 and up, the typical Christian fiction buyers. However, I’ve had men in that age group read the book, and had really great response from them. That makes me feel like I got it right.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
My faith is such a huge part of who I am. I wanted to write stories about people dealing with faith issues in the midst of some of life’s most challenging circumstances.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
Daily! My husband is a great encourager though, and I have some great friends who are always ready with some ‘perspective realignment’.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?
I work at a custom desk made out of file cabinets, a counter top and shoe cubbies. I keep M&Ms and bubble gum close at all times.
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?
My characters are a lawyer and a teacher from suburban St. Louis, so I drew on visits to elementary classrooms, law offices and trips to St. Louis. I also researched the psychology behind affairs and the type of counsel the couple would receive.
Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?
Mindstir Media published Contingency. I pitched the book directly through a standard query process.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I’ve used my blog, my newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and online ads. Then I was fortunate to get some good, old-fashioned newspaper features, and I’ve made a couple of appearances. I encourage word of mouth, too.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Dedicate a little time every day to promoting your book. That keeps you engaged and active without overwhelming you.
What’s next for you?
Contingency is the first of three books in a series, so I have plenty of work on book two, Indemnity, and book three, Precedent to keep me busy.
Thank you for this interview, Paula. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?