hey Girls! We interviewed Krista McGee, the fabulous author, on Guding God’s Girls!!! I know, exciting right? You can either listen to the audio here, or keep reading to see her answers to our questions. Enjoy her
More about Krista:
Check out her personal blog: www.kristamcgeebooks.com
Her dystopian trilogy (I read it, it’s my fav!): www.goodreads.com/anomalyseries
Other books by Krista (the amazing author.. ok enough with the adjectives):
First Date (modern retelling on the book of Esther): www.christianbook.com/first-date
Starring Me: https://www.christianbook.com/starring-me
Right Where I Belong: https://www.christianbook.com/right-where-i-belong
Keilah (in bold) Krista (normal text)
Hi Krista! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure, absolutely. My name is Krista McGee, and I am the author of six books. The first three are more like contemporary humorous fiction, and the second is a dystopian trilogy. They are all written for Young Adults. I am a highschool English and Drama teacher, and I have worked with youth for pretty much my whole adult life, so that’s really where my heart is. I love just being able to help point teenage girls to Jesus, and help them grow in their faith, and so my writing is really just part of who I am.
Thank you! So when did you know that you wanted to become an author?
Well, really it was just kind of a step of faith, and I don’t know if you remember because you were probably younger, the Twilight books? You remember those? The movies? Those came out and all of my students were just crazy about ’em. And, I’m not against Twilight or anything, so I read them because all my students were reading them. I was like, ah, you know what I don’t like about them, what I don’t like is the boy is like the Saviour. He makes everything better, he makes life complete, and when I read those I remember thinking I wish somebody would write books where Jesus is Jesus and the boy isn’t Jesus. Because while there’s nothing wrong with romance, I love romance, if we think that’s going to be the salvation then we’re going to be constantly disappointed, because we were made to be God’s girls.
So anyway, with that in my head, I was like, maybe I should write a book like that. That kind of started my author journey, my first book, First Date, was based on the book of Esther, I started writing that in the summer of 2009. I was thinking, I’ve never written a book before but I’ll try! I went to the library a lot of morning that summer, because I’m a teacher and I was off work, my husband watched the kids, so I went and wrote, and by the end of the summer I had written a book! From there the Lord opened the door for me to get published and it kept going from there.
Your first book, what was it about?
My first book is called First Date, it is a modern retelling of the biblical story of Esther, so my Esther is a girl named Addy who has chosen to be on a reality TV show where the President’s son is picking his prom date. She doesn’t want to go because she thinks that it’s stupid, but the principal at the little Christian school where she goes says, you know what, maybe God has called you for such a time as this. So she goes, and the story goes on from there.
Okay! So how did you come to know the Lord?
Well, I grew up in a Christian home so I was always surrounded by truth, but I really didn’t accept Him as my Saviour until I was 11.
At that time, I was going to a Christian school, and a Pastor talked about what a hypocrite is. I had never really heard the word before, and he said that a hypocrite is someone who pretends to be someone that they know inside, they are really not. And he said that some of you guys in here might be hypocrites. You might be saying you’re a Christian, talking like a Christian, but you never really made that step of faith. I was really convicted by that, because I was like, hey, that’s me, I know all the answers but I’m not really a Christian, so when I was 11 was when I came to faith in Christ. But when I was 16 I got really serious about making Jesus my number one, and doing whatever He wanted me to do.
Yeah, I know that so many people today they are hypocrites, they say that they’re Christian but they don’t really live it in their everyday lives. Why is it important to you, to incorporate God into your books?
Well, I think that He is, honestly, the most important, He’s our number one, He should be the one that we all focus on. And I think that especially for teens, though it’s true for adults, especially teens, is that there is sooo much out there that is vying for your attention as number one. You know, so many people are telling you that school should be number one, or sports should be number one, or your exracurricular activities should be number one. And so it’s important for me to remind teenage girls, that it’s Jesus, He needs to be number one, and everything else comes second.
Wow, yes! So, how long does it usually take you to write a book?
Good question! I have written most of them within four to six months, and that’s not full time. Because I’ve kept a full time job of teaching, and I’m not currently writing right now, I’m taking a little break. But, during the summer, I get a massive amount of writing done during summer, spring break, and Christmas break, weekends. It’s time consuming, and that’s why I took a break, it’s a little overwhelming. But it’s fun, I love it! It does take a lot of time when you have a full time job.
So, what’s your favourite book that you’ve written?
Okay, so that is my third book, called “Right where I belong”, and it is based on Ruth, and I just love the story. There is so much of me in that one, I’ve lived overseas, our family were missionaries in Spain, and Costa Rica, so my main character is from Spain, she moves to the states. One of the characters is a pastor’s son, and my husband is a pastor’s son, the cross-cultural adjustment. There are so many things in that story that are so personal, so I feel I love that one more than any of them.
What is the most important lesson that God has taught you?
That this world is not my home. You know, I’ve moved a lot in my life because of ministry and things like that, and I’ve spent a whole lot of years wanting to settle down. Thinking, “oh, we’re going to live here forever, wait, oh, we’re going to life here forever”, and after so many years of doing this, God convicted me. He told me, that I was looking to create Heaven on earth, and that’s not where Heaven is, and so the lesson He’s taught me is that what I long for, a place where I live forever, where I know everyone, and everyone knows me, that longing is a good longing, but that longing is not going to be completely fulfilled until Heaven.
That’s actually a cool statement, I’ve never heard that before. Are you planning on writing any more books, or..?
Yeah, well I’m actually on a little break, I have a really good friend in Florida who is putting together a Christian film. He has asked me to write a prequel for this film, so I’m kind of working on that in an independent way, it’s totally different than anything I’ve written before. His movie is very sci-fi based, it won’t be Young Adult, it’ll just be regular Adult fiction. It’s different, and we’re still on the brainstorming, trying to figure out the plot stage, so I’ll probably start writing it in the summer. You know I really love Christian films and I would like to see more of those out there, more of the good quality Christian films, and I’m glad I can lend a tiny hand to helping that project out.
Yep, I find today that Christian teenagers are becoming more like the world, because they like the Sci-Fi genre and so they start watching the movies, and because there’s no Christian Sci-Fi movies, and enough books out there that are popular, then it’s hard for them to read, and do more Christian stuff. I’ve been looking for more of those books, and that’s how I came across your dystopian trilogy, I really liked it! I gave it to my mom, and my friends, and they love it!
Hey, that’s great, thank you for doing that!
What is your favourite book to read? Other than the Bible, of course!!
Well, I probably have a tie. A tie between Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, which I just love, and the second is C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces. It’s a little known book by C.S. Lewis, but it is brilliant. It’s his retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth.
Oh, yeah, I’ll have to read that one. So what is your favourite Bible story?
That’s why you wrote a book on it, huh?
Yeah,that was my first book, and I remember doing an in-depth Bible study on it years ago, and as I was studying, because you know, you don’t hear much about God in the book, and the amount of coincidences in there were shocking. She just happened to be beautiful, she just happened to hear about the plot against the king’s life, you know, the king just happened to come across the information regarding Mordecai, there’s so many coincidences. And I did the study and thought,man, I think we forget how much God is involved in our lives. Just because we’re not in the Old Testament, where the prophets are speaking directly, or there’s no fire coming down from Heaven and leading us out of Egypt, doesn’t mean that God is very involved in what’s going on in our lives.
That’s always been my favourite Bible story, it’s because I love the concept that God chose a woman, firstly a woman, and then secondly that she was able to save the whole of Israel.
And she was reluctant, it wasn’t like she said, “Oh, of course I can do this” she’s like, “no, no I can’t do this.” Haha.
What is your favourite Bible verse?
My favourite verse is Psalms 19:14, Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, Be acceptable in Your sight,
Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
My favourite is either 1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”. Or John 10:10, which basically says that the thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy, because some people say that God has given them sickness, but we know that it is from the devil, the thief, who steals, but God is the one who gives us life. Is there any specific message that you want to tell our listeners?
Really, my best advice I can give you is to pursue God with anything you have, and don’t let anything come in the way of your pursuit of a relationship with a God who loves you.
Okay thank you! It was nice, and thank you for letting us interview you.
Yeah, I’m happy to, thank YOU.
There were some great messages that you were sharing with us, thank you.
You’re very welcome.
Talk to you girls later, bye!