Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooking expert, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was released in February, 2012 by Guideposts Books, and will be followed by two additional novels in the series. She has also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper and is currently working on her third, The Scrapcrafter’s Idea Book (F&W Publications, February, 2013.)
Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum, newsletters and other publications. She has also written several full-length musicals, including her most recent, The Great American Tall Tales and Hercules for Christian Youth Theatre, Chicago. Courtney is a member of ACFW and is the current PR Manager for Webster’s Pages, a scrapbooking manufacturer. She lives in Colorado with her ultra creative husband and three children.
For more, visit her at http://courtneywalshwrites.com/
Welcome back to the blog, Courtney. I’m so glad to have you here today. Congratulations on your new release, Change of Heart. What a perfect cover!
Thank you!! 🙂 I admit, I love the cover! The folks at Tyndale do such a beautiful job!!
What do YOU love most about this story?
I think this is the most delicate story I’ve ever written because the emotions are pretty raw with these characters. I like that I got to uncover the depth in both of my characters’ lives and dig out the truth for each of them. Also, in many ways I relate to Evelyn, my heroine. Her struggles with people pleasing and anxiety are very familiar to me, so it was especially good for me to walk through that journey with her.
How many books are you typically working on at once? (From first story spark to publication and beyond) 🙂
I read somewhere you should only ever work on one at a time, but I’ve recently discovered that for me, that’s not necessarily the rule. When I’m on a tight deadline, I usually try to focus solely on the story I need to write, but sometimes edits for something else will come in OR I’ll get an idea when I’m trying to go to sleep and I have to at least write out a general synopsis. I’ve learned that creativity is an elusive beast—when she pays me a visit, I clear my schedule to spend time with her.
Love it. Wise words. 😉 If you could go out to lunch with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
I probably shouldn’t say Trevor Whitney, though I do love him so. I think I would want to go have lunch with the Valentine Volunteers—even Ursula. I know that’s not technically ONE character, but in my mind, they’re sort of a unit. I think they are a collective of wisdom (and humor) and I like them so very much.
I enjoyed seeing pictures from one of your book signings on your website. Can you share a favorite memory from that very first book signing?
I had moved from Illinois to Colorado, but I went back to Illinois for my launch party and first book signing. The thing I remember most is how so many of the teenagers I had worked with prior to moving came out and bought my book. Even boys. I was so incredibly moved by that and the way my friends and family supported me. I remember watching Illinois disappear out the window of the plane and thinking it was the first time I’d been homesick since moving. We ended up moving back and I’m so glad we did. Here among the cornfields—this is my home.
That is so special. Thanks for sharing that. What’s something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
Gosh, probably not much. I am a pretty open book (and a pretty boring person—Ha!) I guess it would be surprising to know the only thing I ever wanted to be growing up was an actor. I had no aspirations about writing until after I graduated college and worked in ministry for a few years—even though I have a degree in journalism. I double majored to be “practical” but, in truth, it was the theatre degree I expected I’d need. Funny to see the ways I’ve ended up using both degrees in my life. My husband and I now own a performing arts studio AND I write novels. (Maybe God set me up?) 🙂
That’s really cool, Courtney! God has a plan for you, that’s for sure! Thank you so much for being with us today. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
Nothing I can discuss just yet…but I’m very excited about the new stories I get to write!
Can’t wait to read what you have up next! 🙂 Blessings on your 2016.
Courtney has graciously offered a copy of Change of Heart to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU!
Thanks for entering! Contest is open to US residents only and ends March 15, 2016. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!
I love meeting authors and have attended several book signings. Most recently I saw Sarah Sundin at a book signing in the fall. Thanks for the chance to win Change of Heart!
Hi Staci! That’s so cool you got to meet Sarah Sundin. I would love to meet her someday. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I have never attended a book signing. I did enjoy reading Paper Hearts.
Hope you can make it to one someday, Joan. They’re a lot of fun! Good luck in the giveaway!
I would love to go to a book signing! They look so fun! Unfortunately, I live in a rural area and the authors that I enjoy don’t travel here.
I can definitely relate to living in a rural area, Amanda. Hope you still get that chance, though. Who would you like to meet? 🙂
I love book signings. I always enjoy hearing the author tell about his or her writing process.
Yes, that’s always so cool! I once met Jeff Shaara and listened to him speak. Fascinating! Thanks for visiting, Melanie.
Never been to a signing, but have always wanted to have the oppotunity to experience one.
Here’s hoping you get to some day, Heather. 🙂 And good luck in the giveaway too!
I’ve never been to a book signing but I would really enjoy attending one.
Awwww, someday, Lori! Who would you like most to see? 😉
I’ve never had that opportunity. I love the covers for these books! Will be putting them all on my to read list. Thanks for the giveaway!
Oh I’m so glad you added these to your reading list, Diana. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 😉 Good luck in the drawing too!
I attended one book signing. It was great. You get the chance to interact and find out answers to questions that you have.
FUN, Sonnetta!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I haven’t ever had the privilege of attending a book signing. As far as I know there hasn’t been any close enough to me for me to be able to attend. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book. It really sounds like a good one.
Thanks for joining us, Stella. I hope a favorite author of yours visits close enough to you to do a book signing in the future. 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway!
I have never been to a book signing! I love the idea though of being able ot meet an author! Love COurteny’s books!
So glad you could join us, Jean. Good luck in the drawing!
No, I haven’t.
Awwww, I hope someday you can attend one, Diane. I know I would love to attend more of them. 🙂
I have enjoyed Courtney’s books that I have read. This one sounds really good and I would love to win a copy.
Hi Ann! Hope you get to read this one soon! 🙂
I haven’t attended an official book signing. What I attended was more of an event, I think. Karen Kingsbury spoke to an auditorium full of people and at the end invited anyone who wanted to meet her to line up and come to the stage. The line stretched nearly around the auditorium. Many had copies of her books to be signed and I had brought “Let Me Hold You Longer”, one of her children’s books. I waited in line an hour and a half, got my book signed and got my picture taken with the very tall (compared to me) Karen Kingsbury. It was a fun night!
Oh wow! What a special moment, Pam. Thanks so much for sharing that story with us. 🙂
Yes, I have attended several and I am always thrilled to meet the authors. Authors are my rock stars and movie stars!
Yay, Connie!! I know… they feel like celebrities to me! 😀 Don’t worry, your entry for Twitter still counts. Thanks for letting me know and for following. 😉
Savannah, I follow you on twitter but in the rafflecopter entry, my twitter name was entered wrong. It is @cps1950.
WOuld have to go to omaha or denver for an event like that both 6 hours away. So no to far to drive.
That’s too bad. Yeah, I live far away from most of the big cities too. My hometown is too small for a book signing, I’m afraid. 😉 I’m glad you stopped by today, Kim!
I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to attend a couple author signings, with Dani Pettrey and Susie Finkbeiner! It’s so much fun to meet these amazing authors in person!!
That is so cool, Abby! I would love to meet them. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve only attended one. It was a JC Watts signing for his book, ” What Color is a Conservative.” The atmosphere was so much fun, and I enjoyed getting to thank him for his service.
That sounds like fun, Rach! Isn’t it neat to actually get to talk to them too? 😉 I’ve been so nervous when I’ve attended book signings and yet the authors are always so nice and friendly.
I LOVED ‘Paper Hearts’ and am looking so forward to this new one, Courntey! I also adore the book trailers you’ve done for both books. So cute!
Congrats and hope your ‘new’ projects go well!
Hi Sue! Thank you so much for visiting with us today. I’m so glad you enjoyed her last book. Hope you get to read this one soon as well. Have a great day!
Yes! I love book signings! It’s such a pleasure to meet authors and learn more about them and their writing process! Thanks so much for sharing this great interview and giveaway, ladies. I love the Change of Heart trailer and am eager to read this story!
Hi Britney! So glad you enjoyed the interview. Good luck in the giveaway!!
Would love to win. Thanks.
Good luck, Kim! 😉
I have never attended a book signing…
I hope you get the opportunity in the future, Patty. I’m sure you’d love it!
No I have never attended a book signing. I think it would be wonderful to meet an author in person.
Awwww, if you could pick one, which author would you like to meet, Merry?
The only book signings that I’ve been to were at a women’s conferences. It was a privilege to meet the author/speaker.
It’s always so special, isn’t it, Kay? Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing!
I’ve attended several book signings. My favorite thing about them is being able to meet the authors.
That’s great, Pam! So glad to hear that. 🙂 I know I’ll never forget meeting some of my favorite authors.
I have attended one book signing. Karen Kingsbury was the author. I enjoyed seeing and getting to know her a little better. Thank you for this giveaway. I would love to win.
Brenda in Va
That is so neat, Brenda. What a special moment to meet such a beloved author. Thanks for sharing! Good luck in the giveaway too! 🙂
I have not attended a book signing before, but I’d really like to!
Hope you get that chance soon, Raechel! I appreciate you visiting!
I’ve never attended a book signing, but always wanted to. My authors need to come travel to the Oregon coast though 🙂 I’d love to meet all of them one day!
Enjoyed the author interview and getting to know Courtney more! I have “Paper Hearts” on my shelf and am really excited for this one. Thanks for the giveway!
Hi Trixi! You definitely need to attend a book signing someday. You’d love it! There’s actually several great authors who live out on the West Coast, I think. Maybe even several in Oregon. Hmmmmmm…… Hope one pops up soon! Happy Reading!
I have been to a few book signings. I most enjoyed getting to hear from the authors about their writing process and where they get their ideas from.
Yes, Melissa, me too! It’s so nice to actually hear them talk for a change and see their personalities too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Hey Savanna, I’ve not attended a book signing. I was able to meet Lynne Gentry, when she spoke at a local church for a women’s event. It was so much fun! 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
How fun, Caryl! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Here’s hoping some book signings pop up in your area soon. They’re such fun!