A Writer’s Life: Bethany Turner


I’ve got a treat for you today on A Writer’s Life. I’ve made no secret that Bethany Turner is one of my favorite new authors, so when she asked me if I would maybe kind-of consider endorsing her new book, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, my answer was along the lines of, “Um, duh? I need this book now!” It was as delightful as I expected it to be, and I know it’s going to get rave reviews, but I do kind of hope that it gets some snarky ones, simply because of what Bethany does with her one-stars on Instagram. Make sure you click through and follow her, especially if you’re a writer–her posts are refreshing and funny and can make you feel better about all those iffy reviews.

Without further ado, I turn the post over the Bethany, who has prepared a special video for us today! You’ll want to carve out 13 minutes to watch the whole thing because it’s a lot of fun. And don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win your very own copy of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey!


A Writer’s Life with Bethany Turner

You guys…I just have to tell you how much I adore Carla Laureano. I’ve been completely blown away by her support and encouragement, and when she agreed to write an endorsement for Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, it meant more to me than I can explain. She’s kind and genuine, and of course ridiculously talented—but you guys already know that, I’m guessing!

I’m thrilled to be on her blog today, talking a little bit about my writing process—specifically how I get inside my characters’ heads by getting into their everyday lives and living spaces. In this video, I’ll tell you more about that, as well as take you along on a trip I took to New York City, in order to spend a little time walking in Cadie McCaffrey’s footsteps.



If you’d like to see more of the trip in which I explored Cadie’s New York, go to YouTube and search for Wooing Cadie McCaffrey. In the meantime, if you read the novel, I hope that spending a little time with me in some of the places that are so pivotal to the story help it all come alive for you, just as it did for me.

Much love!


Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, which was a Christy Award finalist. When she’s not writing (and even when she is), she serves as the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

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  1. Bethany Turner says:

    Carla, thank you so much for hosting me, and for all of your kind words and support! (And don’t worry…some Wooing Cadie McCaffrey one-star memes are on their way soon. Ha ha!)

  2. _eHope says:

    Loved your writing life insights, Beth any, and thanks for sharing!

    Ps – comment won’t accept my name as @_eHope ( says it’s spam! ) though it is my twitter name…

  3. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! All the reviews rave about it and I don’t want to miss out on the fun.

  4. Erika says:

    This sounds like a really good book. Looking forward to reading it

  5. Diane Estrella says:

    You’re a new author to me so I hope to win your book! 🙂 😉

  6. Elizabeth McCord says:

    Oh, I so want to read this book…as well as Bethany’s other one! (And yours too, Carla!)

  7. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds says:

    Thank you for sharing. Sounds like a good one to read.

  8. Megan L. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds like a good book!

  9. Terrill R. says:

    I first want to say, as I’m sure many before me, that The Secret LIfe of Sarah Hollenbeck was, is and always will be an absolute favorite story. It was one my top reads from 2017. I’m all about the swoon-factor and that story was one of the most swoony. That, combined with a wonderful faith thread and humor that I connected with, kept me entranced.

    I’m a forever fan and one-clicked Wooing Cadie McCaffrey on pre-order. If by any chance I were to win, I know many others I would love to gift it to. Please, keep writing these fabulous stories.

  10. Sabrina Templin says:

    I look forward to reading your books, Bethany! 😀

  11. Karen says:

    I have to admit that I’m not creative enough to be an author, but I love the idea of traveling for research! It’s so cool that you got to visit all of these places that help Cadie and Will come to life! I hope that I get to see more of New York someday too.

  12. Melissa Andres says:

    I read the book last week and really enjoyed it and this video! So fun to get to actually see all these places!

  13. Suzanne Sellner says:

    What a fascinating video about Bethany Turner’s writing process for Wooing Cadie Maccaffrey! I’m so excited to read the book!

  14. Nancy M says:

    Love this! Thanks!

  15. Elizabeth Litton says:

    This looks awesome! I also really enjoyed reading The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck!

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