I am so honored today to be hosting author Jo Wanmer on my Readers Write to Know Wednesdays. Jo is the author of Though the Bud be Bruised, which is a fictional story stemmed from her daughter’s real life sexual abuse. I cannot imagine the strength and beauty of character that allows Jo to write this story with the intent to focus on healing and the unconditional love of God. Please enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in beautiful Brisbane on the east coast of Australia, with Steve, my husband of forty-one years. We have two children and eight wonderful grandchildren. We are associate pastors, business owners, lovers of Jesus and besotted grandparents. My passion is to tell of the amazing love of God.
Tell us about your current release.
“Though the Bud be Bruised” is my first book. About twenty years ago, my family walked through trauma following the disclosure that one of our children had suffered sexual abuse. As we struggled to come to terms with the consequences, my whole life was changed. Everything I believed was challenged. Yet we emerged with a greater knowledge and understanding of life, faith and God. It was an amazing experience that I wanted to share, so I decided to write a book. It burned within me; a tale stranger than fiction; a story of God’s grace in extremity. The book is tragic and yet powerful, compelling and victorious, displaying the greatest power on earth – the unconditional love of God.
What made you take the plunge and finally do it?
My first several attempts at writing were bland and boring. Assuming I couldn’t write, I had nearly given up. On holidays two years ago, I read four novels in three days. They sparked an idea. I could tell my story as a fiction! I started that day and had 15,000 words done within days.
This genre hid people and places and allowed great flexibility, enabling me to bring the strengths of my story through characterisation and conversation.