When we get to the end of August, for me it's the end of summer and fall is just around the corner. I always welcome cooler temperatures and the opportunity to curl up with a good book. What better way to prepare for fall than to learn about a new author. :)
Welcome Jan! How did you develop a love of story?
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have a love of story. Daydreaming and pretend pets were a staple of my childhood, and a love of reading came early. I would regularly read a book every day when I was in elementary school, and my favorite room in my Junior High school was the library. My love of story strengthened when I became a Christian. That’s when I realized that every story – especially every romance – is a reflection of God’s great story of redeeming His people.
I love that analogy. Tell your readers about a typical day in your life.
A typical day starts around 6:00 am. I spend the first few hours of the day starting the daily household chores, walking the dogs, breakfast, Bible study and organizing my day in my Bullet Journal.
By 9:00 I’m at my computer. I spend the first hour visiting blogs and marketing, and by 10:00 I start on my current writing project. I take an hour break for lunch and more household chores, and then I’m back to writing until 4:00, when my husband gets home from work.
Sounds like you stay organized and busy. What advice would you give to new authors?
I always tell new authors to read, read, read. The way to write well is to read well. I know many new authors who are so involved in their writing – and have so little time to spend on it – that they sacrifice reading time. Don’t! Reading fuels your creative mind!
I can't imagine NOT reading. :) What does your writing space look like?
Messy! I try to keep things neat, but when I’m working on multiple projects, research materials, pens, notes, etc. just seem to appear on my desk. I can’t move them or put them away, because I’m using them constantly through the day. So the mess continues.
There is hope, though. I’ve heard that a messy desk is the sign of a creative mind. Maybe.
That's a great way to look at a messy desk. Chuckle. What do you plan to work on next?
I have a couple projects going right now.
The second book in the “Amish Country Brides” series from Love Inspired Historical, “An Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart,” is scheduled to be released March 2018. The third book in the series will be published later in 2018, or early 2019.
I’m also working on a new series for Revell. It takes place in the Amish communities in Holmes County, Ohio during the Civil War. The research for this series has been fascinating! The first book should be out in late 2018.
You definitely are staying busy. Apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
I have too many hobbies and not enough time! I love cooking, sewing, knitting…any kind of needlework. My current addiction, though, is counted cross-stitch. I’m working on a project that will take years for me to finish, but after a long day of writing, I crave the orderly detail work that this project requires.
Those activities sound like fun. Where can readers connect with you?
Readers can find me on my website, www.JanDrexler.com, and on Facebook at Jan Drexler, author. I’m also on Pinterest, where I share pictures and tidbits from my books, along with some of my hobbies. And I love connecting on Goodreads!
Thanks for being with us today, Jan. I pray the Lord blesses your writing.