Welcome back, Jamie. Do
you have plans to write a book for each of the nine fruits of the Spirit from
I do. Book Three, The
Peaceful Panther, will be available in February 2017. Book four is
currently being illustrated and titles for the five others have been created.
When it come to
children’s books, is a good story all you need?
In my opinion, No! For children’s picture books the
illustrations are key and go hand in glove with the message. I love to write
and am blessed with ideas, however without creative illustrations my writing wouldn’t
intrigue young children. A picture is worth a thousand words. That phrase was
originally quoted, One look is worth a thousand words, in Printers Ink in December 1921, and still holds true today.
Currently you are Indie
publishing. Any advice to someone else considering going this route?
There’s an old phrase, “If you build it they will come.”
This is not so true in writing. You would think, “If I write it, someone will
read it and buy it.” That’s not always the case. You need to either pay someone
to market your book, or be prepared to market it yourself. Fortunately, my
background is marketing, however I continue to learn daily what works and what
doesn’t, and challenge myself in the social media world. Be prepared to daily
be doing, scheduling, or calling someone that can move you and your book/books
forward for sales.
What do you hope to
accomplish with this series, The Fruit of the Spirit Collection?
Getting the word of God into the homes and hearts of parents
and children with simple yet practical stories.
If you were on a
desert island what five things would you want with you?
Pencil for writing :)
Paper for writing on :)
A lifeboat to get off the island :)
Do you have a
favorite TV series?
I absolutely do. Heartland!
It’s a series from Canada
and is in its 10th season. It’s the longest running series in Canada. For the
most part, it’s a family friendly show and portrays their family overcoming
even when it’s tough. I love how they still sit down and eat dinner together … even
if the conversation gets messy at times.
What would you like
to tell us about the featured book?
The Joyful Jellyfish is Book Two in the Fruit of the Spirit
Collection. In this book about ‘joy’ Jellyfish has the opportunity to encourage
her friend Crab, who seems to be mostly crabby. Jelly uses the passage in
Galatians 5:22-23 to explain to her friend about this fruit of the Spirit.
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