Monday, August 27, 2018

Interview and Giveaway! Jeanette Levellie and The Heart of Humor

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 U.S. 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.

You can connect with Jen at the following social media links:

"One little kind word makes a huge impact. Will you be the sunlight in someone's darkness today?" 


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen - It's great to have you here today!

quietspirit said...

Susan: This is a good interview with Jeanette. Please, enter me in your drawing. Me email is: lestercecelia(at)gmail(dot)com.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Thanks, Susan! It's great to be here! I appreciate you helping me promote this fun book, a favorite of audiences when I speak at churches, retreats and civic events!

I bless your readers and hope the one who needs a shot of laughter wins this giveaway!
Hugs, Jen

Deb Haggerty said...

Jen always has great advice! And The Heart of Humor is a great book.

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Enjoyed the post, Susan and Jen, and getting to know you better here. Must remember Jen's advice to not take myself too seriously when going through the publication process. If I'm selected to receive a copy of The Heart of Humor would be appreciative.

Lillian Robinson said...

Excellent advise for fiction writers as well. He does seem to know everything!

Unknown said...

The Heart of Humor sounds awesome. Thank you for the chance to win it. rose black ard (at) gmail (dot) com

Sally Chambers said...

Hi Jeanette, I enjoyed the interview with you and Susan! It isn't often I read a book that has humor that actually makes me laugh out loud. From what I've seen and heard, your book does exactly that and The Heart of Humor looks like one I'd love to read. Blessings, Sally Chambers

Jean Fischer said...

It's always good to see Jeanette and her books on your blog! Great interview. Thanks, Jeanette for reminding us to keep our eyes on Jesus and His call rather than focusing on the publishing, marketing, and platform building side of writing.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Everyone -

I'm so sorry! Blogger hasn't been notifying me of comments, so I didn't think there were any. I checked comment moderation and found all of these.


quietspirit said...

Susan, I had that issue. I did a feedbac comment and it finally got straightened out. One of y followers emailed e that she hadn't seen her comments posted.

Karen Lange said...

I'm late to the party, but wanted to stop and say hello! Wishing Jen blessings and much success with her books. Thanks for hosting her, Susan! :)