Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Julie Cantrell!

It's my privilege to introduce Julie Cantrell to our readers today. Welcome, Julie!

Is there a story behind your book WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE?
This is the continuation of Millie’s story from Into the Free. The first book ended with a lot room for Millie’s character to continue to grow. I’m thankful I had the chance to explore the next phase of Millie’s journey in this sequel, and I hope readers enjoy seeing what happens next in her life.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
All the other stuff that goes along with this job. Emails, interviews, blogging, contests, facebook, reading books to offer endorsement or feedback for other writers, etc. etc. It’s a fulltime job to manage all the NON writing aspects of being an author, and it’s actually harder than most people might know to find time to really WRITE. When I do, it’s always a treat. I love writing, and I especially love when I find some sliver of uninterrupted time to really dive into the heads of my characters and view the universe through their lens.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
My favorite character in this book is Oka, Millie’s Choctaw grandmother. I was able to do a lot of research about Choctaw culture and was welcomed among the Mississippi Band of Choctaw during this process. I’ve learned so much about this beautiful community and hope I’ve portrayed their heritage accurately and positively in this book. We have a lot to learn from their stories, and Oka tries to teach Millie many of those lessons throughout this book.

How fascinating. I did a study on the Blackfoot tribe. What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Ha! Name a day! I’m always making a fool of myself...way too interested in everything and everyone around me to be very self-aware. This has resulted in quite a few embarrassing situations, like walking out to speak to an audience with my skirt caught in my underwear...sigh. I don’t take myself very seriously, thank goodness, or I may not survive those moments very easily. I just try to laugh them off and move on...knowing they’ll be another one in the near future.

Wince; I can certainly relate! What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My children. Every. Single. Day. I can’t imagine my life without my family and I am grateful beyond description that they are a silly, happy, off-beat couple of kiddos who keep my creativity stirring and my joy bucket filled.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
My home. We live on a small sustainable organic farm in the “middle of nowhere” and I’m actually answering this interview on my front porch swing in my pj’s because I am recovering from surgery and taking full advantage of it. Clothes? Real clothes? Who needs them?! It’s quiet, peaceful, and inspiring for me to just be here on our own land, surrounded by our pets and farm animals, shaded by old growth sycamores, oaks, and hickories. It’s my favorite place to be.

Ah, I like that answer. :) Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. 
Psalms 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (NIV)
This verse became very important to me this year. I was faced with a family crisis I never imagined I would have to face. There were days I honestly had to wrap myself around my children and just cling to my faith to remind me that this life was worth living. It was during that dark time when a friend emailed me this verse. It was one I had known for years. I even included it in my first book, Into the Free, but she pointed out something I had never considered. She said, “Julie, the verse says WALK through the valley. Not sit and cry. Not wait for someone to save us. Not give up and pray for things to change. You have to just keep walking, one step at a time, and eventually, you will get through it.” The verse has new meaning to me now, as I can now look back and say I walked through it. I hope those words find the right person today, and I hope you know...you will get through it. One step at a time. Just keep walking.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m not sure of a due date, but Book Three is in the works and will be published by David C Cook again (LOVE THEM!). I’m writing about a brand new cast of characters, set in modern day Louisiana, but I keep receiving letters from readers asking for MORE MILLIE!... So...stay tuned. Maybe I’ll be persuaded to continue Millie’s tale.

Thank you for joining us, Julie!

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About the Author:
Julie Cantrell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free, the Christy Award winning Book of the Year 2013 and recipient of the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award. Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. Her second novel, When Mountains Move, released September 2013.

Connect with Julie here:
Website: www.juliecantrell.com
Blogsite: www.juliecantrell.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliecantrellauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieCantrell
Email: julie@juliecantrell.com

Julie is giving away a copy of When Mountains Move. 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)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Patricia Bradley said...

I loved Into the Free! And can't wait to read When Mountains Move. pat at ptbradley dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for the great interview. Please enter my name for a copy of the book. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com

bonton said...

Really enjoyed your interview, Julie!

I'm not a writer, but have been interested in learning more about the process a writer goes through from beginning to publication, & afterwards. My eyes have been opened as to all that is involved, & I have gained a new respect for all the wonderful Christian authors & their books that we are privileged to read.

I was raised on a farm, outside a small country town, & can appreciate your love of the area you live in.

I would love to read When Mountains Move, thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!


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