Springs of Inspiration with Siri Mitchell

by | Mar 11, 2012 | Fiction Book Reviews, God's grace, inspirational fiction | 5 comments

Anyone else ‘Spring Forward’ yesterday? 🙂

Hopefully most of us did…or at least have caught up with the ‘springing’ now.

To bring in the spring, I’m starting a month long series on Springs of Inspiration – spiritual change in fiction.

Siri Mitchell is my guest today. I just finished reading her newest novel, The Messenger, and as usual it was BEAUTIFUL! If you enjoyed her novel, Love’s Pursuit, you’ll get a similar flare with The Messenger yet set during the Revolutionary War. Two totally different main characters, of course – and I love them. Siri has an amazing way of getting into deep POV with her characters. I never imagined to find a hero in Jeremiah Jones -but WHAT a hero he becomes 🙂

So happy to have you with us today, Siri – and WHAT a blessing to have just been ‘inspired’ by your writing. Finished The Messenger, Saturday night.

1. What is your favorite inspirational (i.e. salvation, repentence, forgiveness,) scene you’ve ever written from one of your published works?

My favorite inspirational scene was in Love’s Pursuit at the very end of the book when my heroine finally came to an understanding of God’s grace. I cried buckets when I wrote that scene. I still cry whenever I think of that scene. (Thanks, Pepper! {sniff})

Sorry, Siri – if it’s any consolation, I cried when I read it.

 2. When you’re in a writing slump (or frustrated in your writing journey in some way) what is one verse that encourages you?

When I’m in a slump or frustrated, I always look at a card I keep in front of my computer screen:

 “Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:11-12 (NIV) It’s very encouraging to me. I don’t have to match the novel I envision in my head. I don’t have to write the best book of all time. I just have to write the best book I can, using the skills that I have right now.

Great reminders, Siri. Thanks so much!!

God’s called us to write (or live) for His glory. He hasn’t called us to be anyone else than the person He’s made us to be. We look to Christ as our example, but we also are blessed with God-gifted abilities.

So we are called to use what he has given us.

Who we are.

Where we are.




  1. Casey Herringshaw

    I love Siri Mitchell and hopefully someday I can tell her that in person.

    What a great start to a new season…even if it’s snowing here. Sigh.

    Love you, Pep!

    • pepperbasham

      It is SNOWING?!? Good heavens, Case – it’s 65 degrees here.

  2. Kathryn Albright

    So amazing that you have Siri Mitchell with you today, Pepper! Siri is one Christian author I haven’t read–but has been on my TBR list for awhile now. As a matter of fact, I went to Barnes and Noble this weekend to buy The Messenger–only to find that my local store did not have it in stock. It looks like I will be able to pick it up from my local Christian book store, so that is my next stop this week.

  3. Pam K.

    Thanks for the interview with Siri. I love her books; they always make me think as well as let me escape to another time and place.

  4. Siri

    Thanks for all your kind words, you guys! You’re the reason I keep writing!


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