Cool days and brisk nights. Leaves starting to change colors. Finally fall is starting to descend on my neck of the woods in PA. Pull up a chair and make yourself something hot to drink while we learn more about this week's author, Jan Drexler.
Welcome Jan! What is your passion as a writer?
My passion is to write stories that entertain readers, pull at their heart-strings, and keep them turning the pages. But most of all, I want to write stories that honor God and bring my readers to a closer understanding of Him.
The ultimate goal of a writer - to pull at heartstrings, have readers eager to read more, and draw hearts closer to the Lord. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
It started back in kindergarten, when I first learned to read. I was one of those kids who devoured books! I read everything on our home bookshelves, everything in the school library, everything in the bookmobile that came to our neighborhood once a week…and then I started babysitting and found out I could BUY books and keep them!
Much later, I discovered the connection between the stories I loved to read and the true story – His story – in the Bible, and it struck a chord deep within me.
Cool. I always thought it would be fun to live where the bookmobile came. :) What is your most difficult writing challenge?
My most difficult challenge is writing the first draft. Sometimes I would rather do anything else than sit at my computer and work toward my daily word count goal! Once the first draft is done, though, I love the revision and editing process.
LOL. I love writing the first draft and don't enjoy the editing process. Tell us about your new book.
“Mattie’s Pledge” is the second book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. Mattie Schrock is no stranger to uprooting her life. Even as her father relocated her family from one Amish community to the next, she always managed to find a footing in their new homes. Now as the Schrock family plans to move west from Somerset County to a fledgling Amish settlement in Indiana, she looks forward to connecting with old friends who will be joining them from another Pennsylvania community—friends like Jacob Yoder, who has always held a special place in her heart. But when a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure?
Sounds interesting, Jan. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I hope I give my readers a longing for home. Not just the homes of our childhood, but our true home in heaven. I hope my readers see that any future without Christ is no future at all.
Amen. Well said. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
I listen to a CD of piano music while I write, usually David Nevue’s “Awakenings.” I also like to have a candle burning on my desk. The combination of the quiet music and the scent of the candle helps me concentrate and dig deep into my stories.
I can picture it. What are you working on now?
I just finished the third book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series, “Naomi’s Hope,” so the rounds of revisions and editing are beginning. It is due out in June, 2017.
I have also recently signed a contract with Love Inspired for three historical Amish novels that take place in northern Indiana in the 1930’s. The first of those is my current work in progress. So I’m keeping busy!
That's wonderful, Jan. Congratulations. Thanks for taking time to chat with us today.