Please welcome Jodie Wolfe to my blog. Hello Jodie. Take a seat and we shall chat.
Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.
Hi, I’m Jodie. My husband and I have been married for over thirty-two years. We have two sons and six grandchildren. We live in south-central PA. I’ve lived in PA most of my almost 55 years of life.
Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book? (If you are here as an invite to promo your small business, then please write your own questions and provide relevant photos and links, thank you.)
Writing has been part of my life since that first school assignment when I was in second grade and had to write a poem. Soon after that I started writing little stories and illustrating them. By the time I was thirteen I started writing my first novel. I was reading a lot of Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew mysteries at the time, so that’s what I started to write.
How difficult was it writing your first book?
It took me a few years because I wrote it all in long hand. I’d get busy with other things and put it down for a while, but by the time I reached high school I was in the editing process.
Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?
I came really close to quitting after a horrific scenario I went through. It’s only because of my husband’s constant prayers for me that I didn’t give up.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Reviews are so important to an author. They spend most of their time writing and editing by themselves with the hope that their ‘baby’ will speak to someone. If you loved their story, let them know by posting a favorable review on a consumer site. Tell others about the book. Tag the author with your post so they can see that all their work touched a life.
What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?
Don’t give up. If you have something you’re passionate about and feel God called you to do it, keep plugging along and trust Him with his timing. That’s part my advice as well as one I’ve heard from other writers through the years. I think it applies to anything God calls us to do.
What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
My target audience is anyone who is in need of encouragement. My prayer is that my books will touch hearts and that the reader will be uplifted by the only one who provides true hope for us, Jesus Christ. My tagline is ‘Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet’, I promise both of those in each of my books.
Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?
I sent my publisher my thoughts in regard to the character, background photo, setup, etc. and she came up with exactly what I’d imagined, but even better.
What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?
I’m working on tweaking the second book in my Burrton Springs Brides series. It doesn’t have a definite title yet, but I’m looking at the possibility of Wooing Annie. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Death paced close enough for Annie McPherson to smell its rotted breath. A menacing growl rumbled in the throat of the beast. The animal bared his teeth when she attempted a tiny step. Perspiration trickled between her shoulder blades. She cocked her head a fraction of an inch, hoping to spot a bystander, but only a barren street stretched before her. Her heart hammered beneath her polonaise.
Any last words before we wrap things up?
Thanks so much for having me here today. I thought you might like a teaser for Taming Julia. Here’s the back cover blurb.
In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery’s sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation’s ultimatum that he marry or leave, forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy.
Jules Walker strides into Drew’s life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle–more cowboy than bride. After years on the trail, she’s not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family, and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is.