Monday, September 14, 2015

Interview and Giveaway - Jeanette Levellie

Let's welcome Jeanette Levellie to Christian Writer/Reader Connection! Jeanette has a new book out called, "Shock the Clock." I love that title, don't you? Jen is going deeper with this interview and sharing a bit of her history.

1.  What would you say is the theme of your life?

Grace in many forms, hope, and humor.

2.  How has the Lord shown His grace to you throughout your life, and now, in your middle years?

I grew up in an alcoholic family, and my parents divorced when I was six. My mom married another alcoholic when I was nine, and my real daddy, a sweet guy whom I loved dearly, died seven months later. As a teen, I rebelled against my parents and acted out from a deep sense of abandonment and rejection. God never gave up on me, and forty years ago, He led me to a great man of God, Kevin Levellie, to be my husband. We won't hold it against him that he's a preacher!

Now, as the parent of two adults who struggle with various issues, I'm learning that God's grace is sufficient for every trial. No one is exempt from trials, but some are more victorious in them. Those are the people who learn to lean heavily on the Word and their relationship with Jesus.

3.  Your blog is titled, "Hope Splashes, Finding Gold in Life's Puddles." Can you explain why you chose that name?

No matter what you are going through and how muddy you get, God always has a surprise up His sleeves for you. You may get muddy finding it, but it's there.

4.  Why is humor so important to you?

Humor and laughter keep me from falling apart when I feel like the underside of a snake in a deep rut. The benefits of laughter and humor, both to physical and emotional health, have been proven by many studies. But if you don't believe those, just watch a hilarious movie or a YouTube video of a baby laughing, and see if you don't feel better afterwards. My last book, "The Heart of Humor," is filled with funny stories and articles about how laughter helps you stay young and feel great.

5.  Why are you so interested in Time Management?

I see many people who have talent and intelligence, but who have no idea how to manage their lives. I was not born organized. I had the messiest crib in the church nursery. I learned how to manage my time as an adult. So I'd like to share what I've learned with others, so they can get the most out of their lives and enjoy themselves.

My third book, Shock the Clock, Time Management Strategies for Writers and Other Creatives, releases December 15th, but you can preorder it here:

Author Bio:  Jeanette Levellie, humor/devotional author, is the wife of one man, mother of two adults, grandmother of three children, and servant of four cats. Her favorite sport is eating out. she is the author of three books and has published hundreds of columns, articles, stories, greeting card verses and poems.

GIVEAWAY:  Jeanette has generously offered to give away one signed, print copy of her book, "The Heart of Humor," or an ebook to one commenter. To enter, please leave a comment and your contact information (email address).

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. Void where prohibited. Deadline: 9/17/15 at midnight.


Terri Tiffany said...

So happy that Jeanette has another book coming out!! I love her and how she presents herself. I have met her in person and she is as genuine then as she is online. I'm sure she has filled the book with wisdom and humor!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Hi, Suze. Thanks for having me here today. I appreciate your support. You've always been a great cheerleader and sweet friend to fellow writers. I treasure our friendship, and thank Blogger land for us meeting!


Anonymous said...

Yes, humour is so important! Thank you for sharing your story J! I tend to do slot but not always finish efecctivelty so always could use help on Time Management!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

I'm so glad to have you on Christian Writer/Reader Connection this week. I know you're looking forward to chatting with readers.

Have a great day,
Susan :)

Denise said...

great interview, love jeanette

Jeanette Levellie said...

Lynn: We all need help in this area, I think. My goal was to write a book that is easy to read and fun to implement.

Denise: Thanks so much!

Karen Lange said...

Wonderful interview! Thanks to both of you - two of my favorite writers! :) I will pass on the giveaway as I already have the book. It's a great read!

Seadon said...

Humor has helped me in many situations, but it doesn't help with time management at all! :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

Thanks, Karen. YOU take the cake for #1 cheerleader! Or would you rather take a pie? Anyway, I appreciate you.