I’m so excited to announce that my sweet and talented friend Hannah Wright is releasing her debut novel, Hope in the Dark, later this month. If you like Christian historical fiction, you’re definitely going to want to check it out! I had the privilege of interviewing Hannah to learn a little more about the book and her writing process. Keep reading to check out what she has to share–and stick around to the end of this post to learn how to preorder her book.
Tell us what Hope in the Dark is about and what inspired you to write it.
Hope in the Dark is about a young lady named Elizabeth Matthews who has just moved out west to Featherlight, Idaho from the home that she grew up in North Carolina. Although North Carolina was comfortingly familiar to her, she was left with a broken heart and a determination to not trust a man again.
Samuel Bryson has grown up in Featherlight and he is honor bound to provide for his widowed mother and siblings. He is determined to live up to his own expectations of being just like his father and he will let nothing get in his way. And that includes marriage.
The two soon become aware of suspicious criminal activity going on around them. Newly hired school teacher Elizabeth and Samuel find themselves desperately searching for answers to the suspicious criminal activity around them. They find themselves thrown into facing their worst fears… and each other. In the midst of many unknowns, will they find the courage to do what God is calling them to?
What aspect of this book are you most excited for readers to discover?
I think I’m most excited for readers to discover the theme of God’s love. Elizabeth and Samuel both have struggles and they have to realize just how much God loves them and that they can trust Him through every situation. Also, I’m so excited for people to meet all the characters! 🙂
What’s something that has surprised you about the publication process with Hope in the Dark – something you didn’t expect, whether good or bad?
Hmm… I think one thing I didn’t expect was being able to connect with some amazing people through the process of self-publishing. God definitely blessed me with the most amazing editor and cover designer and it’s just so awesome thinking of how He had me meet them. I definitely realized that I can’t do self publishing on my own and the Lord brought some good friends into my life to help me with the process.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
Haha well my family is in the process of moving so I definitely don’t have a set routine! 🙂 But my routine lately has been I wake up and try to spend some time with God before having breakfast. Then I’ll usually check emails and start on whatever I have to do that day, when I was writing Hope in the Dark over quarantine, that was when I would write usually. Then I’ll have lunch and then in the afternoon I might work some more or just chill if I am finished with my to do’s. I try to exercise a couple times a week, (that definitely doesn’t always happen haha), but I might do that in the afternoon. Then I usually have a snack and relax a bit before dinner. After dinner I like to watch some YouTube to relax before bed. If I get in bed early enough I like to read!
What are you writing next?
Well, I’m not for sure yet if I’ll write it next, but I’m working on plotting a Christian fantasy novel!
Any advice for other writers?
Well, I definitely need suggestions too! I really like the quote “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” If I had one piece of advice, I would say pray about your writing and ask God to help you craft the stories that He wants you to tell. Have fun and really enjoy the writing process. Write stories that you would want to read. Also, don’t put too much pressure on yourself for your first draft, just write your story!
Hope in the Dark comes out on May 25th. Click here to preorder your copy. You can also follow Hannah on Instagram to keep up on all the exciting book-related news. I’m so excited for Hannah and can’t wait for all of you to read this book!