Tuesday, October 7, 2014

North Carolina Author Jodie Bailey

Welcome to the Book Loft, Jodie! Is there a story behind your book Quilted by Christmas?

It’s kind of winding, but here it goes… My agent Sandra and I were talking about the Titanic. I mentioned that my grandmother had relatives on board and that it was something that had always fascinated me, something about which I have stacks and stacks of research. She suggested I try writing a novel for the 100th anniversary.  I decided to do a split contemporary/historical, and had the first draft of the contemporary part down in about a month. When it came to the historical… two months of typing and writing and researching and sweating… and I had two pages to show for it. I shelved the entire thing. Two years later, Sandra suggested I pitch the contemporary half of the story to Abingdon for their Quilts of Love series. Only Taryn, Jemma, and the most basic shell of that story remains in Quilted by Christmas, but QBC wouldn’t exist without that beginning.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? 

Jemma.  In 2009, I lost my grandmother, who was really more a mother figure in my life. When I sat down to write the story that would become QBC, she had only been gone a year. Jemma began to morph into my grandmothers, both the one I’d lost and the one who is still living. It was very, very hard at times, because Jemma would take off and do or say something just like my grandmother, and I’d have to sit back and breathe through it. By the end, though, it was healing and, to me at least, beautiful.

What started you on your writing journey?

I’m not sure it ever started, just that it always was. I’ve written stories my whole life, took on a second major in writing in college just because I loved it. It was my junior creative writing teacher and my senior English teacher who most encouraged me, but I didn’t take it seriously until my husband was deployed to Iraq in 2006. I was sitting in a Beth Moore Bible study thinking how awesome it was that she got to write about Jesus and talk about Jesus FOR A LIVING.  I tell people God hit me with a Bible and said, “Duh.”  From there, I focused on one story and learning the process.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Facebook.  ‘Nuff said.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

Fall! Sweatshirts, blue jeans, the memories of Friday night football games when I was in high school, that first hint of fireplace smoke in the air… And the beach is never better than in the fall!

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

I grew up in the country and spent the largest chunk of my childhood at my grandmother’s house. I think my favorite parts are the sounds of cicadas at night, the way the light comes through the windows, the smell of all of the flowers in the spring… and the dogwoods!  Dozens! We live in the house now, and the very best part is the memories. 

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

Reconciliation is a huge them in my stories. Reconciliation with others, with God… It’s about that restoration of relationship. That’s what Jesus did for us when you really look at it.

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

Along with Susan Sleeman and Debby Giuisti, I have a novella in Love Inspired Suspense’s Holiday Defenders also releasing this month.  There are also two more coming, but I don’t have dates yet.

Thanks for sharing with us today!

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Jodie Bailey is giving away a copy of Quilted By Love. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email 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.


Anne Payne said...

Jodie, Your new book sounds great. I love split contemporary/historical stories. The best of both worlds, in my book, or should I say yours ;)


cjajsmommy said...

I always say that Fall is my least favorite season, but you are right -- it absolutely is THE best season for the beach. The water is still a bit warm and the sun is not overwhelming and the crowds are gone. We had to skip our October beach trip this year. Maybe next year! I'd love to read your book. cjajsmommy at gmail dot com

Deb R.

Deanna Stevens said...

I also enjoy the sounds of cicadas at night, & the dogwoods must be
beautiful :)
dkstevensne *at* outlook .com

Susan P said...

Thank you for sharing! My favorite time of year is fall also. I love the smell of fireplaces, sweaters, and warm apple cider!

Amy C said...

What a fabulous interview with a new author to me!

campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

sm said...

That sure was a twisted path to this novel, Quilted By Christmas. I do enjoy the Quilts of Love Series and am always looking for a new one to read. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed the interview. I remember one night sleeping with the windows up and hearing a whip-O-will calling for it's mate all night. That is a lonely sound. Think I'd take cicadas anytime. :-)

bn100 said...

Nice thing about the area

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Jodie Bailey said...

Thanks, all! I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview. I love this time of year and, yes, particularly at the beach! I hope you enjoy the novel!

Anonymous said...

I just discovered the Quilts of Love series and I would love to read this book. I loved spending time in the country too at my aunts.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Merry S.

Karen G. said...

Nice interview. Would love to read Quilted by Christmas. Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Cindi A said...

This sounds like a wonderful story about family and love. Thanks for the chance to enter to win a copy of Quilted by Christmas.

Library Lady said...

We have the "Quilts of Love" Series in the church library.
I would love to win Jodie's book to add to our collection.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Judy said...

I loved your novella, Homefront Holiday Hero! I am so looking forward to reading, Quilted by Christmas!

Judy B

Jodie Bailey said...

Thank you, everyone! How wonderful that you all stopped by. I hope you enjoy the book!

KayLee from NY said...

Interesting interview. Would love to read this book.

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