Chatting with Jodie Wolfe About her Debut Novella, Hearts Tightly Knit
I am so excited to have my dear friend, fellow author, Jodie Wolfe as a guest this week to share about her debut novella, Hearts Tightly Knit. We are both represented by Linda S. Glaz of the the Hartline Literary Agency and met at the ACFW Conference back in 2013. Her warm smile, kindness, and sense of humor made me wish she lived close by, so we could meet regularly to chat about writing and life. So let’s chat with Jodie Wolfe!
Jodie, it’s great to have you at my blog today! How has the road to publishing been an adventure for you? What have you learned from taking on the challenges of indie publishing? And by the way, you have a lovely cover!
The road to publication is not for the faint of heart. It’s a lot like life—full of mountains and valleys, struggles and victories. While I’m still waiting on God to open the door for traditional publishing, my desire is to seek Him in all I say and do. I’ve found that our timing is rarely His timing. J
What have I learned with going Indie? I don’t think your readers have long enough for me to fully answer that question. J I believe it’s going to be a continually learning process that I hope to improve upon. I’d like to give a special shout out to Angela K. Couch who helped me with preparing the manuscript to be uploaded and my husband, David Wolfe, who designed my cover. It was a learning process for as well as he figured out a new program. Hopefully second time around we’ll be a bit more adept at things.
Please tell us something about your debut novella, Hearts Tightly Knit.
Here’s the Back Cover Copy:
Orphaned at age ten, Ellie Stafford and her twin sister Mae made a vow—to stick together and never marry. Now in their mid-twenties, they are bucking convention in Calder Springs, Texas, as women with respectable occupations who can take care of themselves. Ellie works at the Good Fixin’s Diner and spends her evenings knitting garments for The Children’s Aid Society. When a handsome local rancher shows up looking for a cook, she’s hardly tempted, despite his good looks.
Luke Rogers owns a spread just outside of Calder Springs. It was running as smooth as cattle going through a chute until his cook up and marries and high-tails it back east. With no cook and a bunkhouse full of ranch hands ready to revolt, he persuades Ellie to temporarily fill in until he can hire someone else. He should have known better than to get tangled up with another woman.
All the stories I have written so far are set in America in the 19th Century. I have a particular fondness for the Midwest in the 1870s. I fell in love with this area of the county while visiting my in-laws years ago when they lived in Kansas. One summer they took me to various sites in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Those are fond memories since my dear mother-in-law is no longer with us.
My story is set in Calder Springs, Texas in 1875. While Calder Springs is a fictional town, I think you’ll fall in love with my quirky characters. At least I hope so. J
Have you found that similar themes run throughout your writing? Why? Or why not?
My brand is history, hope, laughter & happily-ever-after. Those four items are in each book that I write. I love to write stories that tell of the hope we have in Jesus. As for lessons learned for my characters, they are different with each book. I find often while writing, God has something for me to learn as well.
What drew you to writing historical romance?
I grew up watching and reading the Little House on the Prairie series which nurtured my love of the time period. As for romance, I’ve always enjoyed reading romances, especially ones that pointed to Christ within the relationship.
What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?
I’ve had a desire to write ever since I was a young girl. I remember writing stories and stapling it together and creating my own cover. I wrote my first full-length novel when I was thirteen. I spent several years tweaking it. By then, I had teachers in high school that encouraged me in my love of writing.
As a writer there are some days where you just don’t feel like writing—like any other job I suppose. I find if I keep at it each day (well, five days a weekJ), it’s much easier to get back into the flow of writing. If I take a long break away…it’s a lot harder to get back into it again.
Would you like to share about what you are working on now?
I’ve just returned from vacation, but I’m getting ready to work on two different projects. One will be Mae’s story, Ellie’s twin sister. It will be the final installment in the Twins & Needles Series. Watch for it in November. J
The other project is one set in my home town. I’ve truly enjoyed learning more about its history.
Of course, if I happen to hear back from my agent about a couple projects I’ve pitched that have snagged a publishers interest, then I’ll switch gears and work on those.
Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?
Immerse yourself in God’s Word. Find people to pray for your writing and for you. Treat it as a mission God has given you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have faith, even when you can’t see it, that God is working in your life and through your writing. Most importantly, NEVER GIVE UP!
Well said, Jodie. Thank you for joining me at my blog. It has been a privilege to interview you.
Thank you, for having me, Kathy. It’s a blessing to be able to be featured on your blog. J
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Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Her books provide history, hope, laughter and happily-ever-after. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, walking and being a Grammie.
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