Dear Readers, Jodie’s book is about twins. I love reading books about any multiples, so I read this as soon as I received it. I loved the storyline, the cowboy, and the twins’ interactions, as well as the romance. I think you will, too.
Bio: Jodie Wolfe writes a bi-monthly column with Home School Enrichment magazine. Some of her articles are available on crosswalk.com. She’s had a devotion published online with Christian Devotions. Linda S. Glaz is her agent.
In 2013, she semi-finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis contest. In 2015, she finaled in a Novel Beginnings contest through St. Davids Writer’s Conference. She’s a graduate of Jerry B Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Apprentice and Craftsman courses. She also is co-founder and contributor to the Stitches Thru Time, a group blog of writers. She’s a contributor to Putting on the New blog as well as Quid Pro Quills. She’s a member of ACFW and 19th Century Writers.
Welcome, Jodie. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
There is a little bit of me in each character I write. It might be a simple as a thought I had, an expression of mine, or one of my characteristics, although I’ll never tell what they are. J
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
LOL. It took me a while to come up with something, which should tell you a little bit about me. J Quirkiest thing - I like to drink dill pickle juice.
So does my husband, but he doesn’t do it very often, because of all the sodium. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I was in early grade school when I started writing little stories, stapling them together, and illustrating them. By the time I was thirteen, I started writing my first full-length novel.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Since I write historical romance, it’s typically what I read, however I will pick up a suspense or contemporary romance from time to time. I recently have enjoyed Vannetta Chapman’s new dystopian book, Deep Shadows.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I spend the first hour of my day reading my Bible, doing devotions, walking, and praying. It gives me a fresh outlook for my day. I try and do these six days a week. Then on Sundays, my hubby and I work at practicing a day of rest where we relax and recharge our batteries for a new week.
Taking that Sabbath day of rest is important. I’ve learned that the hard way. How do you choose your characters’ names?
Most times the names just come to me, although I've been having a little difficulty coming up with the name of my hero and his daughter for book two in the Twins and Needles series. I enlisted help on my FB page, and I think I know their names now.
Don’t forget to schedule that book on my blog, too. What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Raising my two sons and homeschooling them all the way through kindergarten to high school graduation.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I guess it would either be a dog or a guinea pig since those are my two favorite pets.
What is your favorite food?
A good steak.
I don’t know where you live, but I’m in
so a good steak is also one of my favorite foods. What is the problem with
writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it? Texas
Usually writing comes really easy for me. This is the first project I wrote that was a struggle. I think it might have been because I was under a tight writing deadline. Praise God, it still came together on time. J
Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Orphaned at age ten, Ellie Stafford and her twin sister Mae made a vow—to stick together and never marry. Now in their mid twenties, they are bucking convention in
women with respectable occupations who can take care of themselves. Ellie works
at the Good Fixin’s Diner and spends her evenings knitting garments for The
Children’s Aid Society. When a handsome local rancher shows up searching for a
cook, she’s hardly tempted, despite his good looks. Calder
Luke Rogers owns a spread just outside of Calder Springs. It was running as smooth as cattle going through a chute until his cook up and marries and high-tails it back east. With no cook and a bunkhouse full of ranch hands ready to revolt, he persuades Ellie to temporarily fill in until he can hire someone else. He should have known better than to get tangled up with another woman.
Please give us the first page of the book for my blog readers.
“EllieMae, some fella’s here to court you.” Mrs. Wright’s words meandered up the steps, along with the scent of fried chicken, to the small bedroom.
Ellie Stafford flicked the lace curtain aside and caught sight of a dusty cowboy tying his horse to the hitching post out front. “Do you think our landlady will ever be able to tell us apart?” She turned toward her sister. “We've been living in her boarding house for seven years, and she still can’t.” She shook her head. “What's this make now? The tenth man who has come calling?”
“Twelfth, I think. At least, here in
Texas.” Mae, her identical twin, stood and
eased the kinks from her back.
“That’s not counting all the proposals on the Orphan Train from
Ellie sank into the straight-back chair in front of a worn dressing table. She
took one last look at her reflection and tucked a brown wisp behind her ear.
“Heavens no. There were too many to keep a tally of them while we traveled. Besides, that was seven years ago.” Mae smoothed the wrinkles from her pink chiffon gown. “I may have lost count after the banker knelt on one knee in the middle of the street and almost got ran over by a runaway wagon.”
Ellie snorted. “I almost forgot about that one. He didn’t care which of us said yes as long as one of us—”
“Accepted.” Mae nodded. “Men. They should know by now we aren’t interested.”
“EllieMae!” Mrs. Wright’s voice raised another octave.
Ellie sighed and clasped her sister’s hand. “Well, I guess we better get to it then.” They padded down the steps.
“Don't forget our promise,” Mae whispered before they entered the sitting room.
As if she’d ever forget.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Jodie-Wolfe-553400191384913/; https://www.facebook.com/jodie.wolfe.1
Thank you, Jodie, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me.
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