Usually, I focus on fiction, but today, Jeanette Levellie is visiting Christian Writer/Reader Connection with her book, "The Heart of Humor."
Check out the giveaway details at the end of this post.
1. Susan: You have several books to your credit. When and how did the desire to write take root in your heart?
As a child I loved to make books by writing stories and "binding" them with a cardboard cover. When I was in my twenties, I had several poems and a couple of articles published, then set aside that desire to focus on homeschooling my kids. When they were teenagers, I began writing for publication again.
At a Christian writers conference in 2009 I realized I wanted to make a career of writing. When I told the Lord that, He replied, "You can't do this by yourself." That was five books ago, and He's been faithful to bring a boatload of friends - including you - to help me navigate this wild ride!
Susan: Thanks, Jen. I don't know what I'd do without my writer buddies.
2. Susan: What was the most exciting part of your writing journey?
When I got my first book contract in 2011 for Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top. Although I've published three books since then and finished another, that first baby sent me over the moon with joy.
Susan: I fully understand. The Moses Conspiracy had the same effect on me.
3. Susan: What was the most challenging part of the journey so far?
Keeping my eyes on Jesus and His call on my life to show His grace and be a servant, rather than focusing on the publishing, marketing, and platform building side of writing.
Susan: There are many distractions to keep us from writing for our Audience of One.
4. Susan: If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?
Relax more, stress less, laugh and pray more. In spite of the fact that I write inspirational humor, I often take myself too seriously. God's not worried about the world; He's got a sure and happy plan for those who belong to Him. I need to rest in His love more.
Susan: I'm right there with you, Jen.
5. Susan: Last, but not least, do you have any advice for non-fiction writers?
But of course! A redhead is always ready with advice, whether she's familiar with the topic or not!
- Ask God to help you every step of the way with divine wisdom. He's been around awhile and knows everything. He will show you the perfect path for your book and your career if you take time to listen.
If you don't already have a few prayer partners that you meet with regularly, get some now. As these trusted friends for advice and prayer covering, and also pray for their needs.
- Read similar books in the genre you write to see what works and what doesn't.
- Don't take yourself and all the little details that go along with your book-cover art, title, back cover blurb, etc.-too seriously. Don't ask me how I know this. That's a whole new interview!
Susan: As always, you hit the target with your advice. It's so easy to stress out in this profession.
GIVEAWAY TIME! Jen has generously offered to give away one print copy of The Heart of Humor to one commenter. The giveaway is open to
residents. You must provide your email address in your comment, so we can contact you. The deadline for
entering is Friday, August 31st. Jen will draw a name from the entries, and the
winner will be announced on Monday, September 3. U.S.
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"One little kind word makes a huge impact. Will you be the sunlight in someone's darkness today?"
Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top, a humorous devotional