Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, it is my absolute honor to introduce you to my friend, Jenna Victoria. I have served with Jenna on the Romance Writers of America Faith-Hope-Love chapter’s board for many years. This year, I am president of that chapter, and I honestly wouldn’t want to do that job without Jenna by my side. Plus, she likes cake — always my favorite! Please enjoy her interview. At the end, you’ll see the Rafflecopter that will tell you all the ways that you can enter to win a copy of her book!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Ever since my grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1959, I’ve yet to taste a cake I haven’t liked.
I am the author of “fiction that feeds your faith” – Happily-Ever-After romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. I also write clean, wholesome romances. My stories emulate those I enjoy reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she takes charge & takes down names… and those that feature the sweetest of fairy-tale-ending love stories.
I write romances that glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ and show how He gives us hope & peace amidst unbearable situations. After my first breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, several reoccurrences and metastasis, I continue to praise God and trust His oversight in my life; and continue to write more books as long as He gives me breath.
Tell us about your current release.
War of the Heart – When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?
What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done?
Being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer over four years ago and experiencing such a rich joy and contentment in God’s provision for my life and through daily struggles.
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?
Absolutely, yes. I believe having a writing ability that resonates with readers is a God-given talent to be used for His Glory. As I write fiction with a Christian worldview, it is up to God to determine if and how my words get in front of those who would be blessed. It is my responsibility to write the words.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Something I wished I had listened to many years ago…”Butt in chair, hands on keyboard. Relentlessly.”
Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story?
A writer friend told me of a “call for submissions” from a small Christian press, for a Christmas snow globe story that involved time travel. I found the idea intriguing and once I chose WWII London during Christmas 1940 as my main setting, I was off and running to the keyboard. The publisher loved my premise, and here we are!
How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)?
I recommend getting involved in real-life events where you meet/greet those in the publishing world. For example, attending conferences where you volunteer as well as participate, or serve on the committee of a local RWA or ACFW event. Once you interact with agents and editors on this other “service” or “volunteer” level, it helps demystify them and makes them more approachable from your perspective when you do pitch your work. For six years I served as chairwoman of a local writer’s luncheon, well before I was published, and it helped me develop confidence and poise around industry leaders.
What made you take the plunge and finally do it?
Although I had published newspaper articles and short stories, it wasn’t until I attended a writer’s conference to hand-hold a nervous friend that I realized my purpose.
The conference was not a Christian author conference; far from it. I looked over the raffle basket room where there were tables upon tables of romances featuring demons, witches, warlocks, shape-shifters, ghosts etc. I heard a small nudge from the Holy Spirit at the back of my mind: “These authors are furthering Satan’s kingdom, I want you to use your talent to further God’s kingdom.” Amen!
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Win an autographed copy of War of the Heart! Giveaway will end December 13, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST.