So, by this time, you have finished your shopping, you have the Christmas dinner menu settled, and you’re sitting back to do some shopping for YOU. Time to add to your own To Be Read pile in preparation for the rest of the long, cold winter.
If you love historical novels, and appreciate realistic, non-perfect heroines, I have a new author for you to check out. Her name is Julane Hiebert. You can read her bio, and blurbs for her books at Kimberly Vogel Sawyer’s Wings of Hope Publishing website:
Meanwhile, Let’s visit with this super sweet lady:
Hi Julane. I’m honored to share your story here on Inkspirational Messages.
First, how would you describe your journey to publication in a few words? Were you an overnight success?
Thank you, Jenny. It’s so nice of you to consider me and I appreciate it so very much. To answer your question—NO, I certainly was not an overnight success—as least not in the way some would define success. My journey was long, lots of ups and downs, promises and disappointments. But every ‘bump’ came a new layer of learning and I’ve been blessed with author friends who encouraged me every step of the way.
What is the overriding theme of your books?
I would say the overriding theme is grace. In fact, the very first novel I wrote (though never submitted) was called Threads of Grace. I don’t want my characters to be perfect. Instead, I want my readers to be able to identify with my characters in their imperfection, as a way to show that God will, and does, use our flaws to bring glory to Himself if we are willing to be used.
For those of us who have our own stories to tell, describe how you get one of your books ‘off the ground’. Do you outline and plot, or just dive in?
I’m very much a seat-of-the-pants writer. I do have an ‘idea’ for a story and even a title and the main characters, and usually I know how I want the story to end, although that sometimes changes. My characters pretty much tell me their stories as I write. I’ve found that if I end up writing myself into a corner, it’s usually because I’ve tried to take over the story and my characters are rebelling. And yes, I’m fully aware of how crazy that sounds, but I’m sure other writers will understand.
We all have real lives along with our fiction. So give us a glimpse of yours. What will be your next task when you finish these questions today?
Hee! Hee! My next task will be to get dressed, as I’m still in my jammies! But on a more serious note—I still have some Christmas projects I need to work on, and I desperately need a grocery run. Oh, and the tops of everything in this house need a good dusting. I had November 1 and December 1 deadlines so have been pretty much glued to my computer, but will have a bit of a break now until after the first of the new year. We are retired, so I’m blessed with having time to write—and doubly blessed with a husband who encourages my writing and never complains about sandwiches or dust.
A favorite scripture, song or quote that seems to be following you around these days.
Proverbs 3: 5,6 has sustained me over and over and over again. I’m a ‘fixer’, and when I can’t ‘fix’ any given situation my heart hurts. Several years ago I really hit bottom, and the Lord swooped me up in His arms and gave me both the scripture and a song. If you’d like to listen to the song—which his basically the scripture– you can find it on youtube.com. It’s Trust, by SixPence None the Richer.
Thank you, Jenny, for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to seeing you at Called to Write conference in March!!