And I can't think of
a better first than
the one and only
If you read last month's post, you already know that Jody's third book, Unending Devotion, is due to release in September. Even with all the commotion surrounding her upcoming release, Jody was kind enough to agree to an interview with yours truly. (Make sure to read beyond the interview for exciting news about my giveaway!)
And so, without further ado...
I’m pretty sure I was born with a pen in one hand and a notebook in the other! Since my earliest days, I loved making up stories and writing them down. I filled notebooks with tales about princes, princesses, and happily-ever-afters. The passion for telling stories followed me into adulthood. And after many twists and turns along the path, I’ve finally been able to channel that passion into a full time writing career.
With your fourth book in the works, that is truly a full-time career!
I’ve always loved reading historical romances and losing myself in past eras. And yes, I'm a big history buff, but I also have to immerse myself into the research specific to each book. I usually take a couple of months to read biographies, books on the time period, and everything that pertains to the story. Before I start writing the first draft, I have to feel like I could walk into the setting of my book and be mostly comfortable with that time period.
I do think that my stories could cross over and reach a wider audience. All through history, faith was an important part of most people's lives. Because of that inherent nature of faith within history readers are more willing to accept a faith thread in a historical whether published by a Christian publisher or not. All that to say, I could see myself broadening my audience a bit, but I also want to continue to please the loyal readers I already have.
I can't speak for the others, but this loyal reader would be thrilled for you to see your work in BOTH sections of the bookstore!
It's an honor to have reached best seller status, to know that readers have truly enjoyed my books. But it also puts some pressure on a writer to keep writing the same or better caliber books. No one wants to be known as a one or two-book wonder. Instead we want to continue to improve and put out books that our readers love.
It’s definitely not easy. I feel like I have two very full time jobs! But like any other writer trying to balance dual careers or multiple responsibilities, I’ve had to look for ways to make it work. I’ve scaled-back on outside commitments and simplified home life as much as possible. I also stick to a very strict writing schedule when I’m in first draft mode. I block out writing time and don’t let myself go to bed at night unless I get in my daily word count.
It's always difficult to juggle the many responsibilities that come with having a modern writing career. But I've learned that I need to budget "marketing time" into my daily work schedule. When I make it part of the job description, it's so much easier to devote the time that's needed. I generally put a little more time into preparing for book releases and all of the work that goes with a launch.Overall, I'm learning to be an expert juggler! There are still times when I drop balls. But my family is gracious and tries to be understanding of the many demands on my time.
I truly love the spinning together of stories. I can go places, do things, and be a part of adventures and lives in ways that just aren't possible in my real life. And at this busy stage of my life, my writing provides me an outlet that I need. It's a blessing to be doing something I absolutely love!
Yes, it truly is! I believe that God is glorified when we use the gifts He has given us, and He has truly blessed you with a gift. Good luck with the upcoming release. I’m really looking forward to reading this one! (After all, it stars my namesake!)
100% correct! It's a BOOK give-away!
And what a coincidence...
Not being a fan (I am now!) of historical romance, I would have never had the great experience of reading Jody's books had I not won a signed copy of The Preacher's Bride in a book give-away. I intended the book to be a gift for my bookworm granddaughter, but I told her I wanted to read it when she was finished. I fell in love with The Preacher's Bride! Since then, I've not only read Jody's second book, The Doctor's Wife, but I've read lots of other historical fiction. I can thank Jody for opening up a new genre to me.
Now, can you guess what book I'm giving?
You guys are good. Yes, you can win a free, signed copy of Jody's latest novel, Unending Devotion! And, if you're a regular reader, I make it even easier to get bonus entries!
How to enter:
You must leave a comment on this post. That will get you into the contest.
Add a question for me or Jody about her books to be answered in an upcoming post and get an additional entry!
If you are a follower, or become a new follower, you will get an additional entry!
Want to increase your odds even more, plus help Jody to promote her new book?
Link to this post on your own blog.
Link to this post on facebook.
If you do all the above, you will get FIVE entries in this contest!
Is that not enough?
Well then, here's where your 'unending devotion' comes into play: There will be several follow-up posts focusing on the book's release. I will be doing a review of the book later this month. On Friday, September 21st, Jody will be sharing a fun secret with us here on my blog. Who knows what else might be posted in-between! On each subsequent post, you will be given chances to earn additional entries!
Of course, you can only earn the 'follower' entry once, but most of the others can be done each time; so keep your eyes open for my next post. Maybe you will get a free chance to discover a wonderful author!