(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!)
Y’all! Here’s two reasons you need to be excited about 4 Questions with Melissa Tagg today:
1. She gives a shout out to the harms done to Pluto.
2. She didn’t spam my email when I quoted ” Tag team back again…” in an email. So you know she’s alright with me!
But why am I really excited?? She’s releasing her first published novel Made to Last (with the ever wonderful Bethany House) this month! What an exciting time for an author!
So without further ado, here’s the wonderful Melissa!
Melissa Tagg is a former newspaper reporter and total Iowa girl. In addition to her homeless ministry day job, Melissa is also the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, a craft and coaching community for writers. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa blogs regularly and loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com.
During her reporting days, Melissa interviewed presidential candidates and llama farmers, rode a hot air balloon and flew a plane, and once came face to face with a buffalo. But today she gets her kicks by letting her characters have their own fun. She’s passionate about humor, grace, and happy endings.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Ooh, fun question. I think five years ago I never would’ve imagined the craziness of my current lifestyle. Between writing and my day job, I’m basically working two full-time jobs, and I usually travel at least a couple weekends each month. Whereas, five years ago, I had just moved to Des Moines and wasn’t yet pursuing writing—at least not seriously. I was still super organized, cleaned all the time, and could actually tell you the last time I cooked a real meal for myself. 🙂
But I have to say, I’m relishing this season in life. I have a feeling I won’t always be able to take off on a road trip with friends on a random weekend. Later on in life, things like cooking and cleaning may matter more. And while it’s crazy doing the two career thing, I’m also living my writing dream. So I’m thankful—and frankly, having lots of fun!—in the midst of my frazzledness!
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
Ooh, another good question. You know, like anyone, I’ve had my rough patches in life, but I’m honestly not sure I’d change much about those times…because they ended up being mega growth seasons, spiritually and otherwise.
But looking back, I can definitely think of times I wish I’d been more present in my everyday life and taken the time to invest in the people around me. That busyness I mentioned above can get me sort of self-focused at times. And I can think of specific times when I rushed through conversations—or didn’t take the time for conversations at all—when I could’ve had the opportunity to encourage someone else. So I’d do that differently if I could.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
The evening I got the call about the book contract from Bethany House was definitely one of my happiest moments.
But I’ll also never forget this day in England (I studied abroad there) when I went on an all-day outing with British friends—we took a train to this little town, walked eight miles from there to the town of Windsor, had water balloon fights and a picnic on the way, saw a couple historical landmarks, completely carefree and unrushed. Took a train back to London. Hung out at a little pub then walked along the Thames to get back to our place. Got home late—dirty and exhausted but just sooo satisfied and alive. Definitely one among several happiest moments.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
That their identity and worth has less to do with what they do than who they belong to. That when all the labels and achievements, successes and failures are stripped away, it’s what we believe about God and who He’s created us to be that defines us. Finding security in that, being convinced of His faithfulness, that’s when we can walk confidently into the purpose He has for us.
And that Pluto really was once a planet. 🙂
Thank you so much Melissa! I’m so incredibly excited for the start of this new journey of published work!!
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