Tuesday, September 27, 2011

with Jody Hedlund

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Jody!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

There wasn’t ever a time “before writing.” I’m pretty sure I was born with a pen in one hand and a notebook in the other! Since my earliest days, I loved making up stories and writing them down. The passion followed me into adulthood. And after many twists and turns along the path, I’ve finally been able to channel that passion into a full time writing career.

I did take a hiatus from writing for many years when I was busy having my babies. When I came back after the time off, however, I was able to pick up right where I left off. The Preacher’s Bride was the first book I wrote after my long break. And it was my first published book (Bethany House, 2010).

I believe that the hiatus helped me grow both emotionally and spiritually, so that when I came back to my pen and paper, I was ready to pour out my heart and soul.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Of course I’d have to be something chocolatey since that’s the kind of sweet I crave most often! I’d probably want to be something rich, gooey, and very sweet—because that’s how I like to think of my stories!

Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite chocolate desserts:

O Henry Bars:
4 cups oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup melted butter
½ cup Karo syrup
1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter

Mix the first 4 ingredients. Press into a well-greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350° and cool slightly. Melt together the next 2 ingredients. Spread over warm bars. Refrigerate.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
First, I’d make sure that the monster hadn’t gotten into my big pot of coffee. If so, I’d have to thoroughly chide the purple pilferer. And second, I’d ask the monster if she’d be willing to make a big batch of cinnamon rolls for breakfast. After all, what could be more pleasant than sitting down to breakfast with a purple polka-dotted monster and enjoying freshly baked cinnamon rolls together?

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
The one household task I always put off is ironing. In fact, I’ve been known to wear wrinkled clothes in preference of spending the time ironing. Or you might find me attempting to iron something while I’m wearing it. I even go out of my way to avoid buying clothes that need to be ironed! Fortunately, my husband doesn’t have the same ironing-fetish. And once or twice a year, he’ll tackle the to-be-ironed pile.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
Over the past several years, the Lord has been teaching me not to be afraid to try new things and brave dangerous prospects in the pursuit of my dreams. When we go after the things that matter, we’ll have to take risks and we’ll experience setbacks and obstacles. But if we persevere, we can reach our destination and do great things along the way.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
In 2012, my next historical romance releases. I’m really excited about this story because it’s set in my home state of Michigan. It takes place during the 1880’s at a time in history when the lumber era was at its height. Although the story isn’t inspired by a true person the way my first two books have been, I do include several real people, particularly a real villain by the name of James Carr who was notorious in central Michigan for his violence and for introducing white slavery into the state.

The heroine of the story is a young woman, Lily Young, who is looking for her sister who’s caught up into the degradation of lumber camp life. While Lily searches for her missing sister, she fights against the evil that runs rampant around her, and she fights not to lose her heart to the lumber baron who turns a blind eye to the lawlessness of the lumber business.

You can purchase The Doctor’s Lady from Amazon.

Jody is giving away a copy of The Doctor’s Lady. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

The premise for THE DOCTOR'S LADY sounds wonderful. White Slavery & Degradation - Oh my, a lot to overcome

Your O Henry Bars look YUM!!


PriviesAndPrims said...

Please pick me! I loved the first book and can't wait to read this one!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

would love to read jody's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


Charity said...

Please enter me. Thanks!


Jo said...

I really want to read this book. Please add me.


Joanne Sher said...

Puleeeeze enter me again :)

ann said...

I would so love to win this book - please enter me

amhengst at verizon dot net

Teela said...

Gonna give the O Henry Bars a try. I always need something to take to S.S. Class or a potluck. Being a Preacher's wife, I hope to get to read the Preacher's Bride, and also the Doctor's Lady. Thanks for sharing with us via the Barn Door Loft, Jody! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Marianne said...

would love to win. thanks for the chance.

lgm52 said...

I just have to read this book...and if I'd win it, well..that would be even better!

Pam K. said...

I enjoyed the interview with Jody and had to copy the recipe for the O Henry Bars; they sound so good! I would very much like to win a copy of The Doctor's Lady.
Thank you.


Jody Hedlund said...

Hello Everyone!! Thank you all for swinging by! And thank you for the enthusiasm in reading my new book! I truly hope you'll all have the chance to read it and enjoy it at some point! :-)

Rita Garcia said...

Great interview! Enter me, please!

Tracy Smith said...

Have seen this book featured on alot of sites so would really like to read it. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Good interview.
I'd like to read this book.


Joy said...

Even though I have read this, I would love to have a copy for our church library!
Wonderful book!

Joy said...

Even though I have read this, I would love to have a copy for our church library!
Wonderful book!

Charlotte Kay said...

This book intrigues me!
Thanks for the chance to win it!

Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Carol N Wong said...

I love the storyline for this book. I think it is wonderful that she was so determined to be a doctor.


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