Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Jennings Wright

We're so glad you joined us today.

Is there a story behind your book Undaunted Love?
I was asked to write a Civil War romance by an agent. I didn’t end up going the traditional route – I actually discovered indie publishing while I was in the middle of writing this book! But I enjoyed writing the story and am thankful the agent suggested it.

 What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The internet, and people talking in the house. With the former, I just have to exercise discipline, which is easier some days than others! With the latter, I close the door and put a “do not disturb” sign up.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I used to read almost exclusively mysteries, with the exception of my annual reading of The Lord of the Rings, and books I’d read to my kids (The Chronicles of Narnia were a particular favorite). Mostly I like English ones, especially Dick Francis. In recent years I’ve read a lot of action/adventure thriller treasure hunt type books, like those by James Rollins. I’m also reading through my “to be read” file of other indie authors and discovering some great stuff out there. The Crimson League by Victoria Grefer is great if you like fantasy. Blood and Water is a very good police procedural set in the UK, by Stuart Edmond. The Torah Codes by Ezra Barany was a really interesting glimpse into Jewish history.

Which character in Undaunted Love most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Livvie Byrd was a fun character to write. We meet her at 16, which, in Civil War times wasn’t the same as 16 today, but the story spans 5 years and a lot of hardship. She’s a strong character, but loving, too, and I enjoyed watching her grow up throughout the story.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Housework, definitely. I come by it naturally – my mom and grandmother are the same way. It’s not even that I consciously put it off; I really don’t even think about it until I see some area of the house and have a panic attack.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
My first book, Solomon’s Throne, takes place largely in Africa. I’ve been to Uganda seven times, and consider it my second home (a big piece of my heart is there!), so I really enjoyed being able to showcase the region and the people.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
If I’m not cooking, it’s sushi. But if I’m cooking, it’s probably our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of Beef Wellington and key lime pie (yes, there are other things, but no one really cares about anything other than the Wellington and pie!). Being a 5th generation Floridian, I make a really good key lime pie, if I do say so myself. Here’s the recipe:



1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients in a 10” pie pan and press into bottom and up sides. Bake 8 min.

For filling:
10 egg yolks
1½ cans 14oz fat free sweetened condensed milk
¾ - 1 cup bottled or fresh key lime juice, to taste

Break yolks with a whisk and mix well. Blend in condensed milk, whisking until blended. Whisk in key lime juice until well blended. Pour into crust. Bake 12-15 min.  Cool to serve.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I have 1 “Christian” book, and 3 that are not, but they all reflect my worldview and my main characters are Christian, even if not overtly. My favorite themes are broad ones – good versus evil, slavery versus freedom, fulfilling our purpose. Faith, hope and perseverance are always there, as well.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

John 10:10b - I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

For the last few years, God has really been showing me a lot about living an abundant life in the here and now. This verse was the starting point, and what I go back to when I feel like I’m not living the way He wants me to be, in freedom and abundant life.

 When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have a newly released YA sci-fi fantasy dystopian novel called IXEOS, which is the first in a trilogy. The next two will be released in early May and late June.

In early April, I have my first nonfiction book coming out called BUT GOD: Two Words to Freedom, which is a book based on John 10:10. It has study questions at the end of each chapter, and has been very well received by my advance readers.

To buy the book, go here:Amazon
Barnes and Noble


About Jennings:
Born and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories. Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit. Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo, Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family, and her non-profit in Uganda.

To connect with Jennings, go here:

Jennings is giving away a copy of Undaunted Love. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.  To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown 


Anonymous said...

Jennings didn't say much about her book, but I'd like to win it and see what it is like. Guess it a Historical Romance. Please enter me. Thanks!
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Rhonda's Doings said...

I would love to win this new book.

carol said...

I also love C.S. Lewis' books and would be honored to win a copy of your book cscrawf@yahoo.com

Cindi A said...

I enjoyed the interview. I, too, put off housework Ü


Nancee said...

Thank you for a wonderful interview with Jennings. I'd love to win a copy of her new book!

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read jenning's book ;)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Caroline said...

From Teela Young:

Jennings, after reading your interview, I would love to read your book more now that ever. Thank you for sharing some of "who you are" and for the YUMMY Key Lime Pie recipe (which is our fam's fave as well.) teelayoung@hotmail.com

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