Thursday, November 15, 2012
An Interview with Christian Author, Jude Urbanski
Jude Urbanski writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. She invites you to stories of heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God.
First published in nonfiction, Jude now has two electronic novels, The Chronicles of Chanute Crossing Series, offered by Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a columnist for Maximum Living, a magazine focusing on spirituality and wellness for women.
Jude has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and worked as a nurse practitioner. She is a member of national and area chapters of American Christian Fiction Writers and National League of American Pen Women.
Jude and her husband live in Indiana.
Is there a story behind your novel NURTURED IN PURPLE?
My books feature heroes and heroines who, with God’s help, spin tragedy into triumph and the titles are biblical in that God promises after we have suffered, joy will come in the morning. He also equates the color purple with royalty and that is what we are to God. So we are nurtured in purple by Him.
What started you on your writing journey?
My mother wrote sweet nostalgic love stories in the 1930s, which is probably my DNA impetus. However, I’ve written all my life. First the diaries, the poems, the high school journalism route, complete with a column called Jottings by Judy, academic writing, church newsletters, corporate newsletters, free-lance articles, health columns, and then magazine columns. So, that probably says it all.
In 2006, my daughter and I pulled together, I Can’t Remember Me, our successful book of her traumatic brain injury and miraculous recover. After that entrée into publishing, I pursued my passion for writing. The diagnosis of thyroid cancer a few years ago, clinched this desire.
If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
The French impressionistic artist, Claude Monet, would be my choice. His choice of subjects in his later paintings, often that of flowers and gardens, is so soothing and his style of color and brush, makes me feel like I am floating on a cloud. It feels so relaxing and refreshing.
What is your strangest habit?
I’m embarrassed to say that when I take a pill, I jerk my head and neck backward and look like a chicken, earning me the name "chicken neck" from my children. It’s not right that hubby can swallow a handful of vitamins and even without water!
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Babies and small children. When I look at them, I sense God wants to world to go on. They look, say and do amazing things, warming my heart with love.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I was southern born at home in the country, in a house beside a little creek, but I was city raised in the north. I liked walking to elementary and junior high schools and then taking the city bus to high school. I liked a neighborhood with friends, churches and grocery stores and parks.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I have written about God traveling dark journeys at our side, but since my ‘new best friend’ and favorite non-fiction author is Max Lucado, who never tires of writing how much God loves us and how we can’t escape that love, I think I will develop the love theme more in my writing. Especially in my nonfiction.
What two things can destroy a writer?
I’d like to draw from author Heather Burch, who recently wrote a fantastic blog. She says unless we stoke the fire and refuse to compare, we can be in dire trouble as a writer. Her words:
Now, stoke that fire. Write from the deepest part of your heart. Write from that place inside you that can only be reached by digging deep. Honor your readers. They’ve invested their time—which means they’ve invested their lives—into the words you’re writing.
If you begin to compare your writing journey to others, you are headed for shipwreck—and that’s exactly what the enemy wants for you. Writing is a task laden with rejection. I don’t have to tell you that. You’re a writer. An author. You already know.
I’ve thought about Heather’s advice long and hard. It’s easy to get discouraged and quit doing things we should and to look at success of others compared to ours. I want to hold tightly to the thought of ‘stoking the fire and not comparing.’
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Nurtured in Purple was released in eBook format by Desert Breeze Publishing in June, 2012. It is the second and final book in The Chronicles of Chanute Crossing. My secondary characters from book one come center stage and travel from avenging personal vendettas to being slammed against the proverbial brick wall, before finding God’s grace. I fell in love with these characters for they could be any one of us.
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Jude Urbanski is giving away an e-book copy of Nurtured in Purple. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each Spotlight post for the author.