Friday Feature: Betsy St. Amant, Stories Never Lie

Erica here. I’m so pleased to feature inspirational romance author Betsy St. Amant today. I’ve loved Betsy’s writing since I read The Rancher’s Secret Son, and her newest release, Love Arrives in Pieces (isn’t that title amazing?!), is definitely in my To Be Read pile. When she sent me this guest post, I wanted to post it right away. I’m sure you’ll see why once you’ve read it. 

Do you want to know a secret pet peeve of mine? I’ve always hated when parents say to their kids “are you telling a story?” instead of simply asking them “are you lying?”

“Story” and “lie” shouldn’t ever be interchangeable. I realize the connection between the two is fiction, and technically, fiction is “made up”. But “story” and “lie” should never be used as the same meaning.

Because stories are some of the truest things ever told.

And that’s why I write. I write to tell the truth.

Jesus spoke a lot in parables, and I believe it’s because He knew that’s the best way the human heart, in all its various, multiple flaws and complexities, could best understand and remember.

Compare your interest in history class when you were studying a particular war, versus an in-person, detailed account from your grandfather or great-grandfather who actually fought in that war. Your history book gave a factual account; your grandfather told you a story. Which one lingered the longest? Which one made you feel like you were there? Which one made you care?

Take a moment and think of some of your most favorite novels you’ve read over the years. Why are they your favorite?

Now think about this—do you read fiction to simply gain information, or to have something of importance revealed to your heart? Do you read fiction to simply learn new words, or to experience something outside of yourself and your current circumstances? Do you read fiction to simply pass the time in entertainment, or to discover truth in fresh ways?

There’s been many books over the years that have done that for me—told me truth, transported me to another time, and revealed things in my heart that needed healing, dealing with, or acknowledgment.

A few of those treasures include:

Susan Meissner’s The Girl In the Glass

Robin Jones Gunn’s Whispers

Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress

Katie Ganshert’s A Broken Kind of Beautiful

Susan Meissner’s The Shape of Mercy

Becky Wade’s Meant to be Mine

Dee Henderson’s The Truth Seeker

Francine River’s The Last Sin Eater

Lisa Samson’s The Passion of Mary-Margaret

Kristen Heitzmann’s Halos

Lynn Austin’s Wonderland Creek

James Rubart’s Rooms

The above books, and so many more, taught me about romance and Jesus and hope. They taught me about waiting, about expectation, about longings unfulfilled. They touched spots on my heart I thought too deep to access and tugged at scars that weren’t fully healed and made me reevaluate important choices.

Stories matter. Stories count.

And stories never, ever lie.

love arrives in pieces Love Arrives in Pieces: Former  pageant queen Stella Varland doesn’t  trust beauty anymore after her divorce.  Her appearance betrayed her and led to  brokenness, so instead of being  beautiful, now she tries to make  beautiful things, but she always falls  short. So she keeps her passion for art  to herself and focuses on her interior  design work. But if she doesn’t get  another job soon, she’ll be stuck living  with her parents.
 Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancée. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he’ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town’s old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness—and their unresolved feelings for each other—until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice—to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.
You can purchase Love Arrives in Pieces from Amazon and Zondervan.
Also available:
All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes (Zondervan 2014)
Winter Brides (Zondervan 2014)
Betsy St. Amant headshot Betsy St. Amant has a  heart for three things –  chocolate, new shoes and  sharing the amazing  news of God’s grace  through her novels. She  lives in Louisiana with  her adorable story-  telling young daughter, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of Pickle Pringles. A freelance journalist and fiction author, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is multi-published with thirteen novels and novellas in Contemporary Romance via Barbour Books, Harlequin and HarperCollins. When she’s not reading, wondering where Mr. Darcy went, or singing along to the latest Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing and can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha. You can read more from Betsy at www.betsystamant.com and www.writergetsreal.blogspot.com.
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