The Book Lover's Giveaway is winding down with our final author in a very wonderful line-up. In case you've missed your chances, you can still comment on all of the previous authors' posts for your chance to win a very big box of books! Just scroll down and comment on any of the posts and learn about some of my favorite authors!
Today, I am excited to introduce you to another amazing author, Jody Hedlund. Jody is also incredibly generous with her knowledge, and as a debut author this year, I frequently found myself on her BLOG soaking up the wisdom...(Thanks for all you share, Jody!)
Now, read on for a little more about this fabulous writer and don't forget to comment for your chance to WIN! (Winner will be selected Friday.)
Courtney: Where'd you get the idea for your book?
Jody: I live in central Michigan in an area that was once filled with towering white pines and that played a major role in the lumber era. I decided I wanted to explore that era, especially since it happened right in my backyard, so to speak.
During my research for the book, I ran across stories of young women who were abused, exploited, and even enslaved. I was heartbroken to learn of these lesser known evils of an era that is usually quite glamorized.
Unending Devotion is inspired by one of those women, Jennie King. She rode a train into central Michigan in answer to a newspaper ad for a job. She expected to work in a hotel. Instead she found herself enslaved in a brothel. She fled, but was recaptured and beaten. The brave and desperate woman escaped again, wearing only a nightgown, and this time gained help from a local family. The brothel owner tried to get her back again. But the family helped smuggle Jennie out of town and to a safe place.
Courtney: Do you have any "rituals" you do when you write?
Jody: I always have something hot to drink, usually coffee in the mornings and not tea in the afternoons. Otherwise, I'm fairly flexible with my routine. Sometimes I listen to Pandora and wear headphones to block out my kids' noise. Other times, I write standing up at the kitchen counter so that I can better able multi-task other responsibilities. And there are rare moments of absolute quiet that I cherish!
Courtney: Favorite writing snack and/or beverage?
Jody: As mentioned, I usually have my hot beverage in hand. And of course I also have my sweet treat (that usually involves chocolate in one form or another!).
Courtney: How would you describe your writing style/books?
Jody: I would say my writing style tends to be on the more intense side. My books aren't quite the traditionally sweet romance since I tend to tackle some tougher more mature issues in my books. However, readers often tell me my books are passionate, page-turning adventures.
Courtney: Something people don't know about life as a writer?
Jody: One of the most surprising things to me as a writer has been the delight that I find in hearing from readers. It really brings me great joy to hear how readers have enjoyed my stories, especially when something in the story touches them on a deeper level.
For your chance to WIN Jody's latest book and all of the other books we've been chattinga bout this past week, simply leave a comment on this post.
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I hope you win. :)