Interview with Best-Selling Author Kathi Macias

Today I have the privilege of interviewing not only one of the most prolific authors of both fiction and non-fiction, but also one of the most committed Christians I know – Kathi Macias.

 


MARYANN:

Hi, Kathi! Welcome to The Write Power. We are delighted to have you with us today. Kathi, please tell us a little bit about yourself. 

KATHI:

I’m a Southern California girl, born and raised, but have also lived in Colorado, Texas, and Washington. I’m married to my junior/senior high school sweetheart, Al, and in what little spare time we have, we ride his Harley together–hence, my road/nickname of “Easy Writer.” My almost 89-year-old mom, Mary, also lives with us. Our kids are all grown and out on their own, and we have 18 grandkids and one great grandson with one more great-grand on the way. I’ve never wanted to be anything but a writer, as I’ve always been passionate about words. I published my first book in 1989 and never looked back. I now have 30 published books, plus so many article and short stories and poems and devotionals that I’ve lost track.In addition, I’ve ghostwritten/edited about100 books. I never cease to be amazed that God has so fulfilled the desires of my heart, particularly when I didn’t even come to know him until I was 26. 

MARYANN:

Kathi, I am excited about your two recent fiction releases, No Greater Love and More Than Conquerors. Would you give us some background about each of these books? How did you come to write them?Where do you see their place in the body of your work as a whole? 

KATHI:

I first felt the stirrings of the story for No Great Love in the late 80s, when South Africa was in the midst of all the violence and upheaval that preceded Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and the ultimate overthrow of Apartheid. I was fascinated watching the goings-on over there and vowed to one day write an interracial love story set right in the middle of it. Hence, No Greater Love. More Than Conquerors is set in Mexico, both in Tijuana and deep in the Mayan country/culture of San Juan Camila in Chiapas State. That story, as well as the other two in the series–Red Ink in China and People of the Book in Saudi Arabia–were inspired by true stories I read/followed/prayed about in Voice of the Martyrs publications. 

MARYANN:

Your publishing house at New Hope stated that its goal is to fulfill its

mission “through fiction that takes readers to where God is at work in our world.” How do your novels accomplish this? 

KATHI:

Many of us have the desire to fulfill the Great Commission and “go into all the world,” but because of our current life situations, we may not be able to do that.Reading these novels will enable people to “go” to the mission field with out leaving him. I also pray that it inspires many to either go themselves and/or to more actively participate/support those who do, either through Voice of the Martyrs or Open Doors or some such ministry, or through their own churches. 

MARYANN:

You are known as quite a prolific writer. TO what do you attribute this? Are you simply a fast writer? Would you share some of your tips? 

KATHI:

I think much of it is my journalism training, w which taught me to write “on time and on target.” I don’t b believe in writer’s block. I approach writing as I would any other job, which is responsibly and with discipline. I also pray before I start that God will guide me in the direction He wants me to go so that at the end of the day I will be found faithful.That’s all He requires of us. 

MARYANN:

Your writing is informed with a deep love for God and a total commitment to His Kingdom. W here do you see the place of today’s Christian writer in God’s g rand scheme of things? 

KATHI:
I am passionate about fulfilling the scriptural command to “write the vision and make it plain.” That’s a two-part command. If we have been gifted and called by God to write, t hen we must first make the commitment to “write the vision”–not our own, but His. We must then be willing to spend the time necessary to “make it plain,” producing the best quality material possible.We represent the King, and our work should mirror that.
 

MARYANN:

Kathi, you’ve also written two outstanding non-fiction books: Beyond Me;Living a Your-First Life in a Me-First World and How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I’m Surrounded by Loose Cannons? Although this is a fiction writer’s blog,these two books should, in my opinion, be required reading for every woman who follows Christ. Please tell us a little about what led you to write them. 

KATHI:

Thank you for mentioning those books, MaryAnnBeyond Me is what I like to consider the “flagship” book of this ministry, as everything I/we do flows out of a “beyond me” l lifestyle.That book was in the works for a very long time because God had so much work to do in me first to bring me to that “beyond me, you-first” life before I could write/speak about it. The Tight Ship book is really the closest thing I’ve ever written that youcould consider my “memoirs”–in humorous form, of course.It’s my f futile attempt at becoming the perfect Proverbs 31 woman, which obviously didn’t work but brought a lot of laughs an also lots of growth to my life in the process. I wrote it in such a way that women could use it, either individually or as a group, for a fun but meaningful Bible study. (Of course, I tell so much about my family in the book that my grown children have threatened to go into the Witness Protection Program since the book released last year.) I also have a nonfiction book called Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today (released in English last year and coming out in Spanish this year, just in time for Mother’s Day). It contains fifteen chapters with one story each of a mother in the Bible who dealt with issues similar to what mothers deal with today. It too is set up in such a way that it can be used as an individual or group Bible study.It is also a lovely hard back book with a presentation page, w which makes it the perfect Mother’s Day gift! 

MARYANN:

Kathi, you lead a busy life outside of your professional life, including caring for your elderly mother. How do you balance your writing career with your personal life? 

KATHI:

I’m not sure I’m very balanced, though I try! I get up VERY early so I can have time alone with the Lord and then get to work before I have to stop and take care of my other responsibilities. But somehow God enables me to redeem the time and accomplish what needs to be done–so long as I remember to spend time with Him first. 

MARYANN:

Those of us who read this blog are writers of fiction. Where do you see Christian fiction heading in the next ten years? Do you see any trends emerging, both good and bad? 

KATHI:I’m not big on trends, I’m afraid. Just about the time I figure out what’s hot and try to iimitate it with a proposal of my own,t hat trend passes my by and another one takes its place. I see chick-lit phasing out and bonnet fiction going strong for a while.But then how long can any trend sustain readership?My advice is to break away from the established trends and pursue the passion God has put in your heart. That’s how the Extreme Devotion series became a reality. It took years from conception to birth, but it happened in God’s perfect time. He’s the One who gave me a passion for the Persecuted Church, which is what I used as the basis for these four novels.It took a while to find the right publisher who shared my passion and caught my vision for the series, but it’s a perfect match! Believe in what God has called/gifted you to do,and it will be come reality in His time. Meanwhile, just be faithful to what He calls you to do today!

MARYANN:

If you were to give one piece of advice to fiction writers, what would it be? 

KATHI:

In addition to what I said in the previous answer, I would encourage them to study people.Excellent novels unfold through believable characters and realistic dialogue. Some of the best things I ever did to learn this was to take some drama and acting classes so I could learn how to “get into other people’s skin.” I also learned a lot about taking on other people’s voices by doing a lot of ghostwriting and as-told-to articles. Great experience! 

MARYANN:
Kathi, it has been a great blessing having you with us today. T hanks for taking time out of your busy life to share you heart.May our Lord continue to bless you beyond your wildest dreams.
 

KATHI:

Thank you, MaryAnn! And thanks to all your readers. I look forward to hearing from them. Blessings! 

MARYANN:

I encourage you to visit Kathi’s website at http://www.kathimacias.com/ for more information about this wonderful author and sister in Christ!

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