“Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles…” I’m channeling my inner Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof reference, for those non-musical people) because I haven’t posted anything in these here parts for months. Sweet Scarlett Berg did this interview at the beginning of the year and I’m just now getting it out to y’all. Blogger. Fail.
This Perspectives on Motherhood and Writing series officially wrapped up in January, but I wanted to sprinkle a few more here and there because I always need this type of encouragement. Scarlett is the author of All Dressed Up (Robin Jones Gunn meets America’s Next Top Model), a fun read perfect for the last few beach days of Summer. I connected with her through Katie Eller, a previous Perspectives participant.
I read Scarlett’s book earlier this year and enjoyed it. I’m hoping to do a recap of all my reading since my February Quick Lit post soon, but in the meantime, enjoy what this author-momma has to say!
And if you’re new to the series, check out the archives for all 21 interviews!
Why do you write/blog?
I’ve had a desire to journal for as long as I can remember. My journaling over the years became more a part of my prayer life and continues that way today, yet it’s only been fairly recently that I discovered that I like to write fiction stories, also. I think this passion grew out of a need to escape some of my own personal struggles. At the time I began to write creatively, my father had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and my husband and I were also facing what was to be a long road of infertility battles. Writing became a daily distraction to the intensity of my own day-to-day pain of struggling with loss and disappointment. I had never even thought about writing a novel. As I wrote each day, the unfolding story became a place I wanted to visit, and I became increasingly invested in the characters as the story continued to expand. It, truly, became a fun process and has now grown into a deeper passion for me.
How long have you been blogging/writing?
I’ve been “journaling” for over 20 years, but writing creatively around six-seven years.
How has your current season of life impacted your writing/blogging?
This season of my life is the most amazing, wonderful, chaotic and utterly exhausting time I’ve ever experienced. I never realized how much one little person can change your life. Andrew, our son, came to us through the precious gift of adoption. Often times I find I want to lavishly express my joy and love for him through writing. There are also days that I’m so overwhelmed by all that God has done for me that I’m speechless to write anything.
How has this season of life changed your writing habits?
In addition to being a wife and a mother to an extremely active toddler, I also continue to work full-time as a registered dietitian. My day is packed with regular employment responsibilities and activities, and just finding time to write can be difficult. I find, now, I write more in segments than with fluidity of thought. I’ll type notes or jot down a thought on whatever I can find—computer, paper, grocery list, and even my trusty little iPhone. It seems these days there is a phone app for just about anything, and I’ve found that to be true for writing as well. I often use the app on my phone to compose notes or even to write potential new story ideas.
What is your blogging/writing battle cry?
God’s perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). It’s been easy to second guess my writing skills at times because my educational background is not in language arts, creative writing or English, rather in nutrition. I had to let go of the fear of failing in my own limited perfection and remember the truth of God’s love for me. He gently reminds me that I can accomplish anything that He has purposed in my heart to do!
How does faith, writing, and motherhood intersect in your daily life?
My faith is the substance of all I hope to be and it is the driving force of my life. Writing is an expression of the creativity and love God has placed deep in my heart. Motherhood—a miraculous gift of God’s goodness and favor! The three interweaved together have given me great joy and remind me that all things are possible with Christ.
A Southern girl, North Carolina is where Scarlett Berg calls home. She attended college in the beautiful mountains of Appalachian State University. Her favorite things are snuggling with her precious little boy and sharing tender laughs with her husband. Being raised in church, you could say that she’s known Christ all her life, yet still discovering His fathomless grace and immeasurable depths of love. One thing she knows is true, when God is the center of her heart there is nothing they can’t accomplish together.