My writing includes surrender issues and in Entrusted, Ben and Jenna both struggle. Jenna wants to belong and Ben’s afraid of loss. They have to surrender those things to their Heavenly Father and trust that He’s taking care of them. Book 2 and 3 also give a clue to the surrender journey with Entangled and Engaged.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I enjoyed all of them but Jenna was fun to write and in a few ways, I could relate to her. I did the opposite of her. I grew up in Upstate NY and moved to Youngstown, so I certainly understand such a change and trying to fit in. She also has a bit of sass to her and that was absolutely fun to work with.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
There’s quite a bit but I guess the most recent was being out late after church at an intersection where the first car must pull ahead to the line or the light stays red. The car ahead of me was far from the line and I was on my third cycle of sitting through what should have been a green light. A line was forming behind me. The car was dark with tinted windows but I got out, said a quick prayer, and knocked on the window. It was a young person who only cracked the window. I said, “I don’t mean to bother you but if you don’t pull up to that line, the light will not turn green. You need to move ahead.” He finally moved ahead, the light turned green, and we were on our way. I noticed as we did two police cars drove by and were looking, most likely at what is this middle aged woman doing at night knocking on a car with tinted windows?
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My family. We have a very healthy sense of humor. Our teen son will often ask if I’d like to watch videos with him, or, we’ll watch The Tonight Show together and just laugh and laugh.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall. I know it means winter is coming and I’m not a fan of that, but the vibrant colors and smells, it’s gorgeous. I drink it all in. I love it.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
Now that I live 300 miles away, I can see how I took this thing for granted growing up---the hills. There is nothing like the hills in the Finger Lakes region.
Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
We recently moved and I’m blessed to have an office with a view of our backyard that is surrounded by woods. I’m very much moved by God’s creation and nature backdrops really inspire me. I love to re charge and spend time with Him near woods, mountains, with sunsets.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
Proverbs 3:5-6. It’s my life verse. It’s guided, challenged and helped me through ups, downs, gray areas and everything inbetween.
Please tell us if you have another book in the works.
I have one in early 2015 coming out with fellow Write Integrity Press authors, the sequel to A Dozen Apologies. It’s called The Love Boat Bachelor and readers will choose who the hero will propose to.
As for my own books in the works, Entangled should also be out in early 2015. This will be Carla’s story and I can’t wait for everyone to read it.
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Julie Arduini is an author with a passion to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. Her first Adirondack contemporary romance, Entrusted, gives readers hope to surrender fear. A Walk Through the Valley will soon be available as an infertility devotional with 5 other authors. She blogs every other Wednesday at Christians Read and is a frequent contributor to Jasmine’s Place. To learn more about her writing and love of chocolate, visit http://juliearduini.com. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.
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