There's a definite chill in the air and we saw our first flakes of snow yesterday. To me, that's the perfect excuse to settle down with a hot cup of tea and a good book. As if I need an excuse to read. :)
Today I'd like to introduce you to a new-to-me author. Welcome Joanna Davidson. How did you develop a love of story?
Stories impact our thinking so much. They’re like little arrows that carry truth and bury it quickly and deeply into our hearts. Often I am convicted by a scene or short story that springs to memory at the right moment, prompting me with the truth it delivered. I may forget a sermon that directly addressed a topic, but a story that merely reflected a certain truth will remain with me for years. In general, there’s just something about stories that wrap themselves around your brain and heart and really unsettle the ruts of your thinking—in a good way!
Ooh. I really like that. So true. What is your 'how I got published' story?
I wrote for years without submitting a thing to anyone anywhere. Then I started submitting, but received no responses. Then when I had my first baby, I decided to set aside writing for publication to raise my family. When I mentioned it to God in another conversation, He made it clear this was NOT His idea, and it was time now. So I took those same stories to a conference and pitched. I received three offers from agents. When I signed with my agent, for whom I’m forever grateful, we soon had three offers from publishing houses. Same me, same stories—but God saying now was what made the difference.
Wow. How exciting. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
Like many writers, lack of time is my challenge. I’m a young mom and I’m not about to sacrifice time with my kids to write, so I only open my computer while they’re napping. That makes for very unpredictable writing hours and lots of stop and start when you need to delve thoroughly into your story world. It’s all a trust-fall into God, though, because He invited me on this adventure and He continues to handle all those details.
My prayers are with you. What are you working on now?
Next up is another Victorian era novel from Revell (releasing summer of 2018) called A Rumored Fortune. It features a well-to-do heroine whose father has hidden his vast fortune somewhere on his vineyard estate—and then died suddenly without telling anyone where he put it. She and her mother are suddenly the poorest wealthy family in all of England. The heroine works together with their blunt and rugged vineyard manager to locate her father’s money while debts pile up, unpaid workers strike, and family members show up to “grieve” with the family in the house that contains the missing fortune. The love story in this book is loosely based on my own with my husband, to whom I refused a second date. Readers will also get a little inside view of cultivating vineyards and the spiritual implications of this work.
That sounds interesting. Is there a book you read that you had wished you'd written?
I love Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca so much. She brilliantly changed our minds in a single sentence (which I won’t disclose, for those who haven’t read it yet) and suddenly the entire book shifted into new light. We had answers for every nuance of character, every reaction, and we had a wonderful hope for the love story blooming. I love it when a writer surprises me, but even more when the entire book’s surprise rests in just a sentence. That’s great writing!
I'll have to check it out sometime. Who are your favorite authors?
I can always count on a few to deliver a rich, lovely story—Joanne Bischof, Lori Benton, Roseanna White, and Kristy Cambron. I love layered stories with lots of heartfelt emotion in them, and these ladies always pour that into their books!
I've enjoyed chatting with you, Joanna. I pray the Lord continues to bless your writing. Thanks for stopping by today.