There has been so much going on here - forest fires, my daughter and all her beautiful children moving away, my sister is visiting, and there is that thing ... oh yeah, the release of my book To Dance With Dolphins. But it is Wednesday and that means I have a new book giveaway and a guest. I'm thrilled to have Jodie Bailey here today. Welcome Jodie.
Jodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Her novels include 2014 RT Reviewers Choice Award winner Crossfire, from Love Inspired Suspense and the 2015 Selah in Contemporary Romance for Quilted by Christmas, from Abingdon Press. She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs.
Jodie agreed to give us a behind the scenes look at her life as a writer and answer a few questions about writing.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am very, very proud to be a North Carolina girl. I am also very, very glad to have married a soldier whose career forced me to leave NC for a while. It was good to see new places and experience new things, but it sure did make me glad to come home again. I love the beach in the fall and winter. Unfortunately, I love Mountain Dew, chips, and salsa. I love quiet time with coffee and Jesus first thing in the morning, and I hate Brussels sprouts. In my family, the Brussels sprouts thing is the stuff of legend.
- Why did you start writing?
- How did you start writing?
Hear that writers? A story in a drawer will never be read.
- How did you select your genre?
- What is your writing day like?
- How do you organize your writing (outlines/note cards/post-its)?
Good idea - visuals are so helpful.
- What's the most surprising thing a character has “told you?”
As a writer, I love it when characters surprise me. It's one of the extra fun things about writing.
- Do you have a list of characters that you're saving for future use? What kind of information do you keep on these characters?
Love this. When she tells you, let me know. I will read that book.
- What does your work space/office look like?
- What is your go-to snack when writing?
- If you could only recommend one NOVEL, what would it be? Why?
- If you could only recommend one CRAFT book (writing, no crocheting), what would it be? Why?
HA! I can’t crochet. I make knots. Only one? James Scott Bell’s The Art of War for Writers. TONS of info. TONS. Broken down into bite-sized pieces and easily searchable. I’ve read it a dozen times or more. I get to the end and start all over again.
- Is there anything else you'd like to add?
If you’re a reader, thank you. And share your favorite books. I’m always looking to add to my TBR pile! If you’re a writer and you’re just starting, don’t stop. Enjoy this time you have to wander in your story, to learn from the people around you, and to dig into new places. Learn, learn, learn. Read great novels. Read great books on craft. Go to conferences. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid. And finish. The world is full of people who have a good idea, but so many don’t finish. Get that thing done, then start another one!
I love the insights - so helpful.
Jodie has a new book out - Smokescreen. And she's giving away one FREE copy.
When her life is on the line, Ashley Colson is rescued by the last person she ever expected to see again. Military officer Ethan Kincaid might have disappointed her once in the past, but now he's the only person who can keep her safe. They're under the gun to decode top secret files that can save the life of a friend who is in enemy hands. But the killers will pull out all the stops to get their hands on the files…and Ashley. With time running out, can they put aside their past and find the answers that could give them a future?
Thank you for joining us, Jodie. And readers if you'd like a chance to win a FREE copy of Jodie's new book all you have to do for a chance is leave a comment. Make sure to include your email address so Jodie can contact the winner.
Grace and peace to you from God,