Jan here, pleased to host Jodie Wolfe as our guest today! Jodie and I met here on Seekerville where we quickly learned we have at least one thing in common: our love of SNOW! (Even in February!)
When I heard Jodie has a new book coming out, I thought you would all like to hear from her! So take it away, Jodie!
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I write Christian historical romance. Some would call it historical romance with a spiritual thread. You may ask, "What exactly is that?"
1. Weaving a Tapestry
Writing fiction with a spiritual thread is like weaving a beautiful tapestry. Each thread of color is needed to make an elaborate picture or story. The spiritual aspect of the novel is interwoven seamlessly like many other elements such as setting and plot. It's a necessary part that works in conjunction with others to create a fully functioning story.
Have you ever looked at the back of a tapestry, cross stitch, or embroidery project? It looks like a snarl of thread. Most times you can't tell from the back what is depicted on the front.
I set the spiritual tone of my new release, Taming Julia with this line:
"Dear Lord, please don't let that creature be my new wife."
My hero, Drew Montgomery, is a pastor who sent for a mail-order bride he had married by proxy. Let's just say he wasn't too impressed when he first met his new wife.
2. A Thread That Can't Be Removed
When writing an inspirational novel, the spiritual element has to be woven into the story line, making it impossible to remove and still have a working novel. It shouldn't be like a 25 pound bag of bird seed. Let me explain. Most times when we purchase a big bag of food for the birds, the bag is sewn shut. It appears to be a snarl of threads. But if you pull on the right string, the whole mess will completely unravel. All it takes is pulling on the correct thread. So too, if you removed your spiritual element, the whole novel would unravel because it's such an integral part of your story. That's how you want to write inspirational books.
Now it's your turn: What tips do you have to weave in your spiritual thread throughout your novel? Tell me in the comments below, and you'll be entered to win an ecopy of Taming Julia (US).
About the Book and Author:
In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery's sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation's ultimatum that he marry or leave, forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy.
Jules Walker strides into Drew's life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle--more cowboy than bride. After years on the trail, she's not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family, and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is.
Buy Taming Julia here!
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and COMPEL Training. She's a contributor and co-founder of Stitches Thru Time blog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
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