Monday, August 5, 2013

A Warm Welcome to J.M. Downey

Is there a story behind your book A Time To Say Goodbye?
One of my favorite songs is A Time to Say Goodbye song by Andrea Bocelli. I would listen to it constantly while I wrote my novel, so when I was trying to think of a title, it was one of the first things that popped in my mind.

What started you on your writing journey?
I’ve always wrote. When I was a little girl, I would spend a good portion of my free time writing short stories. I had a whole series written about a beautiful woman that would trick men into doing deeds for her that would eventually cost them their life. I first wrote A Time to Say Goodbye when I was about 17. I’ve been working on it ever since.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
My daughter. I love my six-year-old, but she always wants to work on her great master pieces while mommy is working on her novels. I constantly get asked questions about how to spell a word and my story line flies right from my brain. At the moment she has written a short story about the Justice League saving the day and a book about numbers.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like light romance novels. I want nothing real bad to happen to the characters and the hero and heroine have to get together in the end. One of my favorite authors is Karen Witemeye.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
 I think May Lynn. May Lynn goes through the most transformation. She starts out as firm believer in the institution of slavery. A couple horrific experiences in her life, start to make her question how the slaves on her father’s plantation are being treated. She digs in real deep and starts analysing all her beliefs. I’m a big analyzer.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
The summer. My family is very active in the summer. We take a couple trips to the beach. We are constantly at the pool grilling steaks and ribs.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I like to write about women trying to overcome great adversity and how God uses those problems to help them grow. The novel I consider my masterpiece (it is still a work in progress) is about a foster mother adopting a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim, and how that affects her life.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I love this scripture because it reminds me that God has a plan. I had to face some pretty tough situations as a child, and this verse helps me to remember that God will use those situations to make me the person he wants me to be.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I’m writing a sequel to a Time to Say Goodbye. It’s called A Time to Overcome. It continues Michael’s and May Lynn’s story, while God guides them down a few more surprising paths.

Back Cover Blurb

Cotton plantation daughter, May Lynn Whitley sees nothing wrong with owning others. After all how would they fend for themselves if it wasn’t for gracious people like her family? But a handsome young preacher’s probing words and mesmerizing blue eyes unlock a new sense of justice and lead her on a journey that will change her life and soul. But she is betrothed and May Lynn’s controlling fiance’ will do anything to make sure they wed. Anything including destroying all that she holds dear. Set in Antebellum America, May Lynn’s adventure spans the Eastern seaboard as she joins a movement she once scorned.

To buy her book, go here:

About J.M.:
J.M. Downey lives in the South with her husband and daughter. She has been writing since grade school and earned a master's degree in English 2005. In her writing J.M. Downey focuses on women overcoming great adversity.

To connect with J.M., go here: 

J.M. Downey is giving away a copy of A Time to Say Goodbye. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


squiresj said...

I have reviewed one of your books in past. I would love to win and review his one.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

apple blossom said...

sounds interesting and love the cover

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Boos Mum said...

Very interesting. I also like the cover. She is a new author to me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel ;)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cindi A said...

This book looks especially interesting to me. Please enter me in the drawing to win a copy.


Patty said...

Looks interesting, this is a new author to me!


sharon m said...

I enjoy books from the Antebellum period of US History and look forward to reading this page. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Martha Sturm said...

Another new author for me. Would enjoy getting to know her, and her writing.


Library Lady said...

I would buy this book for the cover alone.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to JM Downey. You are new to me. I like your story line. Love stories about the Plantation days. So, your daughter is already a writer, huh? That's neat, Following in MOM's footsteps. I would really love to win your book. Thanks to the Book Barn Book Loft for having J. M. here. Please put my name in the drawing. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

This books looks really good. I would love to read this one.

Katie J.

sharon m said...

Like your themes about women overcoming adversity and your verse from Jeremiah about God's plans for us to give us a future and a hope. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

bonnie said...

Haven't read any of your books - would love to read/win this one! Thanks!


MsRubyKat said...

Interesting interview. The book sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Karen G.

Veronica Sternberg said...

I love the plot of this and can't wait to read it! Pick me!

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