A Time to Overcome parallels a journey of forgiveness. I didn’t realize it until the book was finished, but the series really chronicles a journey I had to take to go from victim to forgiver and getting to forgiver is hard. But the Lord knows how to get us there. We just have to be willing to let him lead us.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Motherhood. But that is okay. I only have one little blessing, and I am determined to be the best mother I can. Which means sometimes, my muse disappears as soon as my child wakes up, or I have to try and finish a scene during a doctor’s appt. But my daughter is more important than my writing career.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Elijah. I love his boldness, sarcastic comments and wild imagination. He is my second favorite character I have created after a character I hope to introduce to readers in March. His name is William Matthew Wilkerson. Doesn’t that name just speak of power?
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I think forgiveness. I’m currently working on a modern retelling of the life of the apostle Paul. It’s a love story, and I have my hero hurt my heroine in ways that might challenge my readers.
Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
Is there a such thing called quiet time? I think I heard about it in a distant memory. But seriously, having a child with ADHD or a child in general makes quiet time a struggle. The best quiet time for me is the 40 minute commute from work. That is when I listen to music and dream up my next best sellers.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
I think right now this is the verse I’m dealing with. As I mentioned earlier, someone really harmed me in my past, and ever since I was 19 I’ve been dealing with forgiving this person. What I have learned is forgiveness is an every day decision. The old anger, hurt and pain will always rear up over and over again, but one must choose to forgive. I find the best way to keep the forgiveness strong is to imagine that person in hell. For some reason it produces a lot of sympathy in me and sympathy makes me want to offer forgiveness.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
Do you have another book in the works?
In works, is my modern Apostle Paul series. The first title is called Privileged and I hope to release it sometime in March. It’s a little grittier than A Time to Overcome, so I’m contemplating publishing it under Josette Downey instead of J.M. Downey to clue readers in on the fact it’s a change of pace from my other works.
I also have started A Love Forbidden which is a novel that chronicles Esther’s journey (Michael and May Lynn’s oldest child.)
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J.M. Downey is the christian romance author of A Time to Say Goodbye, The Secret Son and Bonds of Tradition. She has master’s degree in English From East Carolina University, and currently works for a premier test scoring company. She is the mother of a precocious six-year-old girl, who enjoys bugs, snakes and superman. She enjoys southern cooking, reading and exploring emerging technology, but is best defined by her devotion to her faith and the empowerment of women in the modern world.
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