(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
Not only has it been a short week for many of us, but it’s Friday! So how about a fun 4 Questions to kick off the weekend?
I thought it was a great idea too. If you haven’t met Hillary yet, you’re in for a treat! One of her recent books, A Table by the Window, is an INSPY shortlist winner and her second in the series just released! So please, enjoy!
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Reservations for Two, A Table by the Window, Plain Jayne, and Simply Sara. A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate Magazine. Her next novel, book three in the Two Blue Doors series, will release May 3rd, 2016 from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. In her free time, Hillary enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, attending indie concerts, and finding new walking trails. She and her husband make their home in Portland, Oregon, with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Shiloh.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
To be honest, when I was younger I’d planned on starting a family, but it just hasn’t shaken out that way. So while there are hopes and dreams that children might factor into the future, I’ve had the opportunity to focus on writing in a way that I hadn’t anticipated. It’s been a different, but no less worthy path. My fifth novel will release late next spring, with plans – as always – for more.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would have done a B.S. degree rather than a B.A. in college. And that’s pretty much it. I don’t much believe in regrets, or letting your headspace camp out in them. Grace covers our past; faith and courage inform our future.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
I really, really liked getting married. I was so excited to marry my husband, and all my favorite people were there, and I loved my dress. I suppose it’s a cliché to cite one’s wedding, but it’s true.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
I have a niece and nephew who are in middle school and high school, respectively. We have a lot of conversations about the transient nature of popularity and the importance of kindness.
Thank you so so much Hillary for joining in!! Hope y’all enjoyed hearing from her as well and be sure to connect with her around the web!