Cooler temperatures are in the forecast for the next ten days, and I'm loving it. :) Definitely my kind of summer weather. The humidity is much lower too. It makes me in the mood for fall and a good book.
We have the pleasure of getting to know Julie Arduini today.
Welcome Julie! How did you develop a love of story?
I honestly believe God created me that way. I was writing before I could even write---scribbling on scrap pieces of paper. I would interview people and pretend I was on the news. As I grew older, I never saw a scene the same as others. I was asking questions and wanting to dig deeper and learn more. When I wrote little stories in high school to share with friends, I was constantly asking the “what if?” about my characters. I still do.
I started writing at a young age too. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am married to a programmer/trainer and we have two teenaged children. One is a sophomore at Kent State, and the other is in the eighth grade. We recently became grandparents when my husband’s oldest children both had boys (as of the date of the blog post, both boys should be here!) We live outside of Youngstown, Ohio, but we are originally from Corning, NY. I love to mentor and encourage girls of all ages. I’m known for my love of chocolate, and I enjoy binge watching shows if I have my deadlines met.
LOL. I had to chuckle at your last statement. I just met one of my writing deadlines and my husband and I have been binge watching as well. :) What do you plan to work on next?
This summer I’m working with my daughter on a tween series that women can also enjoy. Our youngest has Albrights hereditary osteodystrophy and the different ways that manifests, she has seen how people treat others. She wants a series about a group of girls and their mentors who each have something they need to surrender. The first book is about surrendering a lie they believe.
Once school starts, I’m diving into my next contemporary romance series, Surrendering Opinions. A group of sextuplets are thrust into the national spotlight with their unique birth, but kept in the spotlight with tragic circumstances. Now young adults, they are trying to find their own identities as well as a love like their parents experienced. Each sibling will have their own story, starting with ANCHORED. A prologue is included in the back of ENGAGED so you can learn more.
Both books sound intriguing. What is one thing you hope readers will take away from your story?
If a door has closed, you have to trust God that He has a better plan. Sometimes you have to surrender your failed dreams for God’s best for you.
What a great reminder. Apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
I really enjoy taking nature pictures. They are always from my phone, and there is nothing professional about what I do, but God has given me stunning scenes to capture.
I love the beauty of nature as well. What qualities do you look for in a hero and heroine?
I enjoy a sassy heroine who deep down is insecure and has something she needs to surrender to find freedom in Christ. The hero can also appear confident, or even brooding, but he’s searching for healing from an emotional wound. Their personalities will clash, but sparks will fly. Those stories write themselves, I think!
LOL. I couldn't agree more. :) Is there something about you most people wouldn’t know?
I color my own hair with the Feria brand. Most people think I go to a salon for it, but mine turns white so fast, I do it myself to save money.
It's been a pleasure getting to know you, Julie. I pray the Lord blesses your writing.