Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Florida Author Molly Jebber

Welcome to the Book Loft, Molly! Is there a story behind your book CHANGE OF HEART? 

I wanted to write a story about a woman leaving the Amish community, but not abandoning her faith in God. Becca faces an unknown world and encounters problems many of us face, but I take it further putting her in danger. Becca deals with many twists and turns in this story. I loved writing it.

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

Becca – She’s kind, but speaks her mind. She’s got a large birthmark on her hand, but she doesn’t let it define her. She loves God and appreciates her Amish upbringing, but she struggles with how to react when she’s faced with difficult people and harrowing situations.

What started you on your writing journey?  

My childhood imaginary friends, Bugs and Debbie. As an only child before my brother was born, Bugs was my little companion who got the blame for all the things I did wrong, and Debbie got all the credit for the things I did good. Mom laughed at my imaginary friends. Dad was a little worried about me. They were relieved when Bugs and Debbie went by the wayside when my brother, Mitch was born!  With my imagination, my friends and family encouraged me to write, and I’ve always wanted to.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

My husband, Ed, suggesting we go to dinner or a movie. My daughter, Misty or my friends wanting me to go to lunch for a good gab session, movie, swimming or beach. Eyeing a really good book on my nightstand and picking it up to read a few pages, and then not being able to put it down.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Devotional, Romance and Mysteries

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Swam with the dolphins in an unsafe environment. The instructor for this out of the country company sat on the dock while I played with the dolphins. I got them all to myself, and they swam with me side by side. I held onto them and they pulled me around the water, did tricks and were great. But I wouldn’t recommend it or do it this way again.

What is your favorite season of the year?

Summer! I’m happier when I can see my toes and have sunshine on me!

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

Springboro, Ohio. It was a small town. Everybody knew each other. My brother and I had lots of children our age who lived on our street. My daughter, Misty, was also raised there, but it grew by leaps and bounds before she graduated from high school. We loved the festivals, history, school spirit, local church, and candy store! My little playhouse is still in the back yard. It’s been painted and is leaning a little, but I tear up every time I drive by it and remember my dad building it out of scrap lumber. He passed a few years ago.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

I love cruises. My daughter and I can stay in the cheapest room and go to the least inexpensive place and still have the best time eating the food, seeing the shows, shopping, enjoying the pool, and exploring other countries. My husband likes staying in the nicer part of the ship and seeing different sites. I’m happy doing both.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

I love visiting Amish towns and learning from them. They inspire me with their strong belief in God and focus on Him. I find their way of life fascinating. I enjoy shopping in their stores and seeing their handiwork. The quilts and other dry goods are beautiful.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

My mother, Sue Morris, is a wonderful cook. She made up this recipe, and I love it.

Frozen Fruit Salad

In a medium sized bowl:
Mix half of a small box of vanilla or banana dry instant pudding with
¼ cup of milk (can be any kind of milk)
Add more milk if needed to make a paste mixture
Add a drained can of mandarin oranges and a drained can of pineapple tidbits (use fruit of choice)
Add colored or white little marshmallows (as desired)
Add one original size cool whip
Mix and pour into square glass dish and put in freezer overnight.
Take out 30 minutes before you are going to serve and cut in squares.
You can serve it as a salad or dessert!

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

I like to pray, reflect, read in my bedroom or in a quiet spot by the pool or beach. The quiet allows me to clear my mind and concentrate.

Can you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV
This verse has and continues to remind me when problems and worries come barreling into my life and they make my hair stand on end, I can count on Jesus Christ to do what’s best for me.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book is part of an anthology titled, “The Christmas Sleigh” with Amy Lillard and Kelly Long. My story is “An Unexpected Christmas Blessing”.

As much as Charity Lantz’s children need a father, the young widow isn’t sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. She’s drawn to him, but they’re having more disagreements and misunderstandings than snowflakes in December. Will God show them a way past their conflicts to a forever love?

It is available for preorder now, and due out October 30, 2015.

“CHANGE OF HEART” is part of a three book Keepsake Pocket Quilt theme series. “GRACE’S FORGIVENESS” is the second book and it will be released February, 2015.

Thanks for sharing with us today!

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Molly Jebber is giving away a copy of Change Of Heart. 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.


Anonymous said...

Hello Karen. Thanks for introducing me to a new author. I would love to win this book of hers. I think I will really enjoy reading it. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

Swimming with dolphins sounds like fun but I'm not sure I wouldbe brave enough to do it. The book covers are so pretty and now I look forward to reading the Christmas one as well. I would love to read this lovely book of yours.

Deanne Patterson
Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

cjajsmommy said...

You said, "I wanted to write a story about a woman leaving the Amish community, but not abandoning her faith in God." I know some ex-Amish. They left the Amish BECAUSE they came to true faith in God. I've quit reading Amish books because they are nothing but fairytales. Ex-Amish will be more than happy to tell you the horrors of being Amish. I challenge you to find some ex-Amish, get to know them, listen to their stories, and then write "real" Amish fiction. I asked one guy why he left the Amish. His answer was simple. "I read the Bible." (Please do not enter me in the giveaway.)

susanlulu said...

I'm interested in reading this book and knowing more about the author. Thanks for the chance!
Susan in NC

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like such a good book and I will be watching for "the Amish Christmas Sleigh" to come out too!

wfnren at aol dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

Hello Mollie, I enjoyed meeting you today. I find your book one I'd love to read. I do enjoy Amish books :)
And thanks for the recipe, it sounds like one my family will like..
dkstevensne AToutlookd OtCOm

Jackie McNutt said...

It was so great learning about all the new books you have coming out . I am looking forward to reading them .
Thank you for giveaway!
mcnuttjem0(AT)gmail(DOT) com

Amy C said...

This books sounds fabulous! Thank you!
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

donnasquaw said...

I enjoyed reading the interview and I would love to read this book "Chance of Heart"! I'm fascinated by the way the Amish live and believe in God and their faith. I also love the cover of this book! Thanks for the chance to win!
Donna Harris

Patricia Bradley said...

The recipe is one I want to try. And your book sounds intriguing. Going now to check it out!

sm said...

I also like Amish fiction because I learn about their singlemindedness and their commitment to their faith and families. Glad you had so much fun writing it, which should make for a great book. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Library Lady said...

I am not familiar with this author but her book looks as if it would be a good one to read.
Janet E.

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview. It's always fun to "meet" a new-to-me author. Thank you for offering a copy of Change of Heart.

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