|Meeting Jody Hedlund at the 2011 ACFW conference|
Jody's newest historical novel, The Doctor's Lady, came out in September. I started reading it--and ignored my family until I finished it. In other words: You want to read this book!
What are you pondering right now?
I'm thankful for where I'm at in my writing career--with two published books (The Preacher's Bride and The Doctor's Lady). I'm sort of like the parent of a baby and a toddler. I don't have all the new book jitters that come with a debut book. I know what to expect and how to handle the various aspects of a book release. And yet, I'm still learning to juggle two books and the new demands that come from adding more. Like any young parent, I'm still learning and growing, but also thankful to be past that brand-new stage.
If not a writer--then what?
A writing coach. If I ever reach the point where I'm unable to write, I'd love to help and encourage other writers. Or maybe a professional reader--if there is such a thing. I'd love to read and review books as a way to promote and support other authors.
Why this story, The Doctor's Lady?
This story came out of the desire to bring to life a forgotten woman of history, Narcissa Whitman. She was the first white woman to cross the United States overland with her doctor husband with the plan of starting a mission for the Nez Perce natives. She was incredibly brave to risk a trip that was called "the unheard of journey for women." Because of her courage, determination and inspiring faith, she paved the way for all the women who would come after her in what would become known as the Oregon Trail.
So what's your backstory? (I can read your bio--what's left out?)
I'm a professional coffee drinker and connoisseur of fine chocolates! I'm also an avid Survivor watcher and faithful Qdoba burrito eater.
What part of writing comes easily to you and what part would you rather assign to someone else?
I fall passionately in love with my first draft. Of course there are always days when the writing is slow-going and I have to sit down and force myself to just do it. But, overall, I really enjoy writing my first drafts. I fall out of love with my manuscript by the time I get in-house edits. And I usually feel like throwing my book in the trash by the time I get to my very last edit--the galleys. I'd gladly let someone else read through my manuscript for me at that point!
When you're stuck--call it Writer's Block or plain ol' frustration with your characters--what's your never-failed-you-yet way out?
Music always helps me. There's something about passionate, moving songs or soundtracks that elicits deep emotions within me that helps the story flow a bit more smoothly.
But usually, what helps the most is just planting myself in front of the computer, re-reading a little bit of the story, and then forcing my fingers to type the next words. Whether the words are good or bad, I force myself to write.
What's in your To Be Read (TBR) pile?
Like many, my TBR is a mile high. Currently at the top, I have Lisa T. Bergren's new young adult series, River of Time. My daughters have read the books and raved about them. I pulled the first book, Waterfall, to the top of my pile.
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