In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father’s faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being.

Is Chung-Cha’s father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter?

Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor. Her crime? Being the daughter of a political dissident.

“The Beloved Daughter” follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps of the contemporary free world. Will Chung-Cha survive the horrors of Camp 22?

This is the exciting premise of Alana Terry’s debut Christian novel, The Beloved Daughter.   Alana is no stranger to writing.  She won second place in the Women of Faith writing contest and is the author of A Boy Named Silas and What, No Sushi?  We interviewed Alana to find out more about her book and the writing and publishing process.

Thank you for this interview, Alana.  Can you tell us what was the inspiration behind your book?

I’ve always had a lot of compassion for the people of North Korea, especially those who suffer religious and political persecution. Nobody who knows me was surprised when I told them my first novel was set there.

Can you tell us about your publishing journey?

I’ve have experience with both self-publishing and traditional publishing. My new time travel series for kids, My Solar-Powered History¸is published by Do Life Right. The Beloved Daughter was self-published after it won the Women of Faith writing contest. I decided once it won that I wanted to share my story without waiting to jump through all the traditional publishing hurdles, and I’m happy with that decision.

Since you’ve been published,  how have you grown as a writer and as a published author?

I think I’ve become more of a perfectionist. Before I was published, I would write something that was pretty good and figure that if an editor ever got their hands on it they could make it better. Now that I’m published – and especially in the pieces I’ve self-published – I realize that it’s up to me to make sure it’s as perfect as possible before I send it to a freelance editor.

What is the most rewarding thing about being published?

I love the entire creative experience, from starting with a blank document and ending with a paperback book. And now that my books are being distributed, it’s also neat connecting with readers and fans.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

If you’re going to self-publish, make sure you manuscript is perfectly polished. Don’t just write a rough draft and sell it on kindle. No one else is marketing for you, so you’ve got to work extra hard to make sure people want to keep on reading what you write.

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