Disclaimer: I am sharing this spotlight and interview as a favor to Beckie Lindsey and the Celebrate Lit Publicity Team. I have not read this book, and sharing this post does not mean that I agree with the themes found in this book.
About the Book
Author: Beckie Lindsey
Genre: YA fiction
Release date: September 2020
Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find—but the demons already have.
As four high school girls are faced with life-altering decisions, their new-found faith will be tested. Although warrior angels are assigned to guard and assist the unlikely friends, they must rely on their faith to withstand the evil Duke Astaroth and the beast’s demonic horde.
Now that their spiritual eyes are open to daily battles between unseen forces of good and evil, lives are at stake.
- Lifelong friends Krystal and Bryce are finally an official couple. But can their love survive the greatest trial they’ve ever faced?
- Since Mackenzie’s mentally ill mother was hospitalized, she secretly worries that her deepest nightmare may come true.
- While best friends Tammi and Sadie continue healing from their abusive pasts, each wrestles with temptations that threaten to undermine their recovery.
Can beauty arise from the ashes of despair and loss?
Will the girls embrace who and whose they truly are?
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About the Author
Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning author of the Beauties from Ashes series, poet, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats, and live in California.
More from Beckie
Why I write YA and the BFA series
I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us.
We hear a familiar tune from our “glory days” and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we’re back in high school —poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt — and all. Oh, wait. That’s me back in the ‘80s!
Ah, yes. There is something wonderfully awful about those coming-of-age years.
From the first kiss to the first breakup, there are memories we cherish and some we don’t care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once!
No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us!
These are the reasons I write YA.
My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us.
At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus.
In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them.
The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.
Interview with Beckie
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I fell in love with books before I entered school. My mom read to me from Mother Goose nursery rhymes, Hans Christian Andersen, and Beatrix Potter. I began my own storytelling in Kindergarten. At recess, my little friends gathered around as I told them made-up tales and mysteries. I started writing songs, poetry, and short stories only a few years later. So, I suppose I have always dreamed of being a writer. One of my first jobs (aside from the family business) was at a local newspaper.
2. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Everywhere. I’m inspired by the Bible, poetry, other authors, music, nature, conversations in the coffee shop (I love to people watch), movies, children, animals, and just about anything.
3. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy being outside. It makes me feel connected to God and free. I like to jog/walk and hike. It’s pretty simple, but I just love hanging out or sharing a meal with my husband, family, and friends. I read daily–almost any genre (surprise!). I cannot imagine a world without stories. I also like going to the library. I just love the smell of books! Even when I travel, I look for libraries and quaint little bookstores to visit. I like movies and cooking, too.
4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
I’ve come to enjoy editing. In school, I abhorred correction. Those red marks made me quake with fear. Now, I view the editing process as a gift. I envision the first draft as a gown for a special occasion—one in desperate need of alterations but with great potential. The second draft is trying on the gown and making sure those alterations work. The third draft (and any after that) are the accessories, the hair, and make-up—all the things that pull together a stunning ensemble.
5. Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read, read, read. Learn the craft by taking classes, going to conferences, reading books, and asking for help. We are always learning and improving. Don’t wait to be in the mood to write or it won’t happen often. Make a writing schedule 5-6 days a week and stick to it. Take yourself seriously. Stay in your lane. That means don’t try to be someone else. Critique and rejection go with the territory. Don’t give up. Let me say it again, don’t give up.
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