October will be a busy month on Reade and Write. There will be three guest interviews, beginning with Molly Jebber, author of Change of Heart, an Amish historical romance.
Tell me about your new book.
“Change of Heart” is the first book in my Keepsake Pocket Quilt series.
“Ohio, 1899. Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules until her fiancé jilted her. She’s never been away from home, but the bustling town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington and falls in love with him. But Matt’s wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman. With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances. . .
Who is the audience for the book?
Women who enjoy Amish romance stories. It’s a sweet inspirational read without sex or bad language, but enough trouble happens in Becca’s life to keep the reader turning the pages. Hint: a robbery!
Tell me about the setting of your book—how did you choose it, what kind of research did you have to do, why did you choose it?
Berlin, Ohio is one of my favorite Amish communities to visit. I found an old Farmer’s Almanac at an antique fair, and it was helpful writing for the story in 1899. The internet provides a wealth of information, and senior citizens have been wonderful to share their stories and those of their parents. The Amish I’ve met and talked to have been very helpful.
What was the hardest thing about writing the book?
My husband, Ed, daughter, Misty, or a friend will call and ask me to do something fun. Of course, I say “Yes!” Then I burn the midnight oil making up for the time I should’ve been writing! But, it’s worth it!
If your book were made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters?
Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw
Have you written any other books?
“An Amish Christmas Sleigh” was released September 29, 2015. This book has three separate stories in it. My story is “An Unexpected Christmas Blessing”, and it takes place in Berlin, Ohio. Kelly Long and Amy Lillard have stories in the book also.
“Grace’s Forgiveness” is the second book in the Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. It is available for preorder on Amazon, but it will be released in stores and online on January 29, 2016.
Are you in one or more critique groups or partnerships?
Southwest Florida Romance Writers
American Christian Fiction Writers
Romance Writers of America
I have published critique partners and we meet or submit our work in progress (at least 10 pages) each week.
Do you write every day?
Yes. If I’m behind on my deadline, I have “crazy hair” days. I stay at my desk all day and write. Ed, my husband, is wonderful. He brings in dinner!
When you read a book, what authors do you like best? What genres do you like best?
Janet Oke, Mary Ellis, Marta Perry, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Lisa Jackson, Karen Rose, Sue Carly Phillips, Patty Campbell, Rosanna Huffman and so many more. Romance, mysteries and thrillers.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t get discouraged! Find good critique partners. Join writing groups in your area or online. Attend classes and conferences. Visit author’s blogs for good advice. Submit to agents, until you find a good one. My agent and editor with my publisher are very helpful.
I teach free classes. Visit my website for times and locations- http://www.mollyjebber.com
What is your favorite movie and why?
Fireproof – It was such an exciting and inspiring movie.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t wait to write!
Where can readers connect with you?
Where can readers find your books?
“The Amish Christmas Sleigh” is available in stores and online in print and ebook.
“Grace’s Forgiveness” is available for preorder on Amazon, but will be available in the same locations in print and ebook as “Change of Heart” on January 29, 2016.
“Change of Heart” is available on Amazon and in stores, online and in print and ebook at Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Walmart, Meijer, local bookstores, libraries, etc. – anywhere books are sold in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
For easiest access to my books, visit my website at http://www.mollyjebber.com and click on Amazon or the store of your choice under the book cover.
Thanks for visiting, Molly!
Until next week,