Happy day before Thanksgiving. If you are needing a break from figuring out your menu for tomorrow, or need something to read while you're traveling, or just love to hear about books, here's a fun spotlight on author, Julie Arduini.
Welcome, Julie. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
I think God created me that way. I was always interested in knowing more. I was the little girl always asking, “Why?” Before I could read, I was scribbling notes on paper and telling people they were my stories. As I matured, my questions went from “why” to “What if?” I continue to look at everyday things like a mall or airport and observe what’s going on and find stories there.
I chuckled when I read your response. I have a granddaughter who started asking 'why' from a very early age. :) What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I’d love for them to believe they’ve met new friends in the characters and the courage to surrender their issues to Christ and know there is freedom in doing so.
I like the idea of making new friends. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
I often listen to Pandora. Depending on my mood, I have a few customized channels I listen to.
Music is often a part of my writing too. Who are your favorite authors?
Susan May Warren, Rachel Hauck, Kristin Billerbeck, Janice Thompson.
Those are some great ones. Tell us about your new book.
ENTANGLED is about single mom Carla Rowling and her struggle to fully receive God’s forgiveness after becoming pregnant in high school. Her son is now a teen and Carla’s been given a generous gift that allows her to pursue her dream. She feels so unworthy that she sabotages herself, and that affects everyone---her son, her high school sweetheart, and her current boyfriend. The question is, will she surrender her regret or burn her options worse than a bad perm?
I like that analogy with the bad perm. :) What are you working on now?
I’m working on Engaged, book 3 in the Surrendering Time series. Trish Maxwell is back in Speculator Falls with a failed New York City career and egg on her face. She has to re earn trust with everyone in town while trying to figure out what’s next---especially when she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson.
It sounds interesting. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
Procrastination and time. ENTANGLED was a huge struggle to write. Now I understand, because on the other side women are telling me how the book made them aware they had issues to go to God with. The mind games were tough, feeling unworthy to write, so I’d do anything to avoid it. Now that I feel passed that, I’m a wife and mom and there always seems to be something that needs my attention.
I can relate. Thanks for stopping by today, Julie. I pray you and everyone reading this has a blessed Thanksgiving. :)