Friday, March 22, 2013

Ohio Author BJ Young

Hello BJ! Portrait of Dawn sounds like a very interesting story. Congratulations on its publication! Is there a story behind the story?

As a nurse for forty years, I was often inspired by the stories of my patients who overcame hardships in their lives and became better people because of them. I have also seen that occur in the lives of family and friends. A Portrait of Dawn is a tribute to those people.

What started you on your writing journey?

 I began to journal in 1982 when my son was diagnosed with leukemia. Years later I looked at the pages I’d written and thought maybe I could help others who were grieving. I began to write articles and devotionals for two local magazines and the journey began.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Over the years, my preferences have changed. I used to read a lot of historical novels but most recently have enjoyed all of Charles Martin’s contemporary novels.

Which character in Portrait of Dawn most interested you while you wrote? 

I love my main character, Beth; but the one who interested me most was her mother, Anna. She is a strong woman whose greatest desire was to protect her children. She not only sacrificed and took great risks for her children, she was able to guide them toward a faith that gives strength in difficult times.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

There is no greater joy in my life than my eight grandchildren. My husband and I had the honor or babysitting for 5 of them (ages 2-8) a couple days a week last summer. Watching them interact with each other, two goats and five chickens was entertainment at its best! 

Ah, we just did that a couple of months ago but minus the goats and chickens. What is your favorite season of the year?

My favorite season now is what used to be my least favorite. Autumn. Since I don’t enjoy winter at all, for years I missed the beauty of autumn  because I was fretting about the winter to come.  I am now savoring each warm day and crisp night that autumn gives me. I’m also finding the autumn of my life to be quite delightful too!

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

My tenth birthday when my grandmother gave me my first book for my personal library.  Heidi became my dear friend and I still have the book today.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

I enjoy writing about how God takes the difficult times in our lives and makes us better people because of them. As Christians, we can go better than “just survive” those times. With God’s help, we can learn from them to become better people so we can then help others.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

I have always appreciated solitude. (see my blog) In my home, the living room is “gramma’s quiet room.” My grandchildren know they can’t be in there, unless they want to be quiet. Surprisingly, a couple of them have tried it. (for a few minutes) I want them to learn that when we are quiet before the Lord, He speaks to us.

Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?   
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Do you have other books in the works?

I have written two other novels, both unpublished at this time. The Sequel to A Portrait of Dawn is:  Dawn’s New Day. The third book is actually the first one I wrote. but I am undecided about getting it published. I am also in the process of writing a book of short inspirational stories.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
As of now, I have hopes that Dawn’s New Day will be published by this summer. The back cover text may look like this:
 Dawn’s New Day,
A Love Story

There are two significant moments in life, birth and death.
In the end, all that really matters is the living and loving
that one experiences between those two moments.

Katy had grown up loved and adored, a daughter of privilege. Ben has had to struggle to get what he wanted from life. Both are looking for love, and they find it in each other. Their love is infused with wonder and their lives with deep joy when they are blessed with a child. When life throws them a tragic turn, they find solace in each other’s arms. Their pain is deep, but not as deep as their love. Their love story is one that will grab you, hold you and stay with you forever.

Connect with BJ Young at her blog.

Purchase Portrait of Dawn at:

Barnes & Noble

[Proceeds from this book will benefit my local Crisis Pregnancy Center and an organization called Children’s Lantern whose mission it is to assist with adoptions]

BJ Young is giving away a copy of Portrait of DawnTo 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. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. This morning I was still thinking about the excerpt I read yesterday and looking forward to the follow-up author interview today. BJ, I can relate to you about the seasons and I guess I'm still not to the place where I can embrace Autumn. I don't get as down in the dumps as I used to, but it still means to me that winter is coming. I am so longing for spring right now! Please enter my name to win a copy of "Portrait of Dawn." djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Teela said...

BJ, our daughter went by JB Young when she was single.(Janna Beth) Would love to read your book.
Karen, I LOVE your pictures!!! I could have been a beach bum! (well, ok, not the bum part, but I do like the beach! :-)

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

would love to read this book...thanks for the chance

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

squiresj said...

I have seen this book more places and on newsletter. Sounds like something I would love to read and review.
Please enter me
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Great interview. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Cindi A said...

Lovely interview. Ü

Please enter me in the contest to win a copy of A Portrait of Dawn.


Bethany said...

I'd love to be entered! :)

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