Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m happy to introduce you to Molly Jebber. As long as I have been doing interviews with Christian authors, I think that Molly might be my first Amish author — which is so odd because Amish romances seem to dominate the Christian bookshelves. I LOVE this cover – it makes me want to pick the book up and read it. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I was raised in a small town in Ohio. If you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. It’s grown by leaps and bounds. I’ve always found the Amish life interesting. I’ve enjoyed the many times I’ve visited their communities and learned about their lifestyle. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun. The greatest reward I’ve experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.
Visit my website and blog! Let’s talk Amish, shopping, shoes, purses, likes and dislikes. I want to hear from you. I need your help when I hit a roadblock in my book or in life in general. What do you say? Life is empty without good friends to share it with.
Tell us about your current release: Set in 1899, Berlin, Ohio, Becca Carrington leaves her Amish life, but doesn’t abandon her values when moving to Massillon, Ohio. She meets and falls in love with Dr. Mark Carrington but his mother interferes and wants her son to marry a woman in high society. Becca faces many trials in her new life, but Mrs. Carrington proves the toughest of all. She prays for God’s guidance and intervention. Please visit my website to order. Molly Jebber, Author — Amish Historical Romances
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes,because then that person may pay it forward and touch other lives.
Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No, I wouldn’t be happy compromising my standards. It would rob me of the joy of writing.
What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? I read books from many Christian authors and find nothing lacking in their work. I enjoy them, and am touched by their Christian writing.
With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? Sometimes I get up at 3:00 a.m., jot a note and go back to bed. It’s hard!
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)? If you never put it out there, your dream can’t come true. That was all the motivation I needed to try, and getting a call from my agent was one of the most exciting times in my life.
Whats the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? Moon Walk
What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Retail therapy!
What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I’ve always wanted to write.
How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher?I wanted an agent and a traditional publisher because they are experts providing advice, resources, and help you succeed. Although I have friends who have had excellent results self publishing.
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