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Interview with Author Dusti Bowling
1. Your books cover some very relevant topics. What inspired you to cover the painful subjects of rejection, loneliness, and neglect?
My goal in writing for teens was not to only reach those girls who are already Christian, but those girls who are in dark places and may be struggling with their faith or have no faith at all. A lot of teens feel rejected, lonely, and neglected. I hope it is an encouragement to them when they read about characters going through these same things and then finding peace in Christ.
2. When did you start writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I started really writing about five years ago. I knew I always wanted to try writing a book, and then one day I felt inspired to just sit down and do it.
3. How have your own experiences in life showed up in your writing?
Yes. I definitely touched on some of my own life experiences when writing Grace and Daisies, which is probably why it was the most difficult of my books to write. I think as writers, we are always bringing little bits and pieces of ourselves into our stories.
God placed people and situations in my life that eventually led me to writing my books. I have no doubt that my sudden moments of inspiration were a gift from Him. While I'm writing my books, I always pray that His message would shine through for His glory. I hope my books have planted a seed in the hearts of many young girls.
5. Out of all of your books, do you have a favorite character? Why is this one your favorite?
Lenna, from The Day We Met, is my favorite character. She is so strong and yet so flawed, like us all. As hard as she tries, she can't get through her situation without God. She has to make the hardest choices and go through a terrible trial, but in the end she is rewarded with a wonderful peace.
6. What was the hardest part to write in "Grace and Daisies?" What is the biggest thing God taught you through writing this book?
The hardest part was writing Grace and the terrible thing that happens to her in the book. She is such a sad character, and I just want to reach out and hug her and try to help her. God really made me think a lot about the people in my life I think are "unreachable." Yes, for me maybe, but anything is possible for God so I can't give up praying for them.
I can relate to Madison in that I am always learning and changing, as she does throughout the book. Girls these days, though they may not have the allowance Madison does, are dealing with the pressures of materialism and what it means to be cool and popular. Madison had fallen into these worldly traps. I hope that through this story, girls see the emptiness of such pursuits and cling to Christ--He is the only thing that can fulfill you.
8. GGFG holds that believers should not marry non-believers, and so encourages girls to not date their friends who do not share their faith in Christ. In both of your books, a Christian character chooses to date a non-Christian. Why do your characters choose to be involved romantically with characters that do not share their faith?
I also believe strongly that a believer should not marry a non-believer, as the Bible teaches. I have seen so many times, though, Christian girls and boys dating non-believers. I think it's a hard choice to make when one develops feelings for another person as a teen. It is sometimes downright painful to put God first, though in the end we will always be grateful we did. I want my books to reflect real life and both the mistakes and good choices teens make. My characters are far from perfect. In Grace and Daisies, Daisy is struggling with huge life changes and may also be feeling a bit distant from God because of her situation. She is reaching out for anyone who can help her through this. She does realize what she's doing is wrong, though, and puts a stop to it--this doesn't mean that she cuts Ryan totally out of her life, though. She wants to help lead him to God. In The Boy Who Loved Me, we only read the story from Madison's point of view, so it's hard to see what Daniel's motives are. I don't want to give the story away, so I would just say that he sees that what she's doing with her life is not who she truly is. He believes in her and what God can do with her life.
9. Do you feel that God is leading you to write more books? What are your current projects?
Yes I do, but I'm taking a little break right now. I hope to write a sequel to The Boy Who Loved Me over the next year.
10. In your biography, you include that you homeschool your daughters. Our audience includes many homeschoolers. Do you encourage your girls to write regularly? Do they share your passion for writing?
My two-year-old is only capable of scribbling at this point, but I do encourage my ten-year-old to write and even have her enrolled in a writing class this year. Being able to write well is a valuable skill to have no matter what career path one pursues. I can't say that she shares my passion for writing, but I don't think I was that passionate about writing either when I was that young. Maybe she'll grow into it.
11. GGFG's motto is, "Glorifying God and Encouraging Others" - so, I have to ask, do you have any advice for other writers? Or anything you would like to say specifically to the girls here at GGFG?
To girls who think they want to be writers, I would say to hone your craft--write a lot and take advice from seasoned writers. Don't get discouraged by all the talk about how hard it is to get published these days. If you are good at what you do, anything is possible. There are also many writers going the self-publishing route and finding great success with that. You have to do what you feel God is leading you to do with your life, whether it be writing or something else. You will have peace when you know you are following His will for your life.
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