Like many writers, I’ve been writing since my childhood days. I always loved telling stories. When I was in junior high, I entered my first writing contest for a Biblical fiction story. And when I won, I realized God had indeed gifted me. I think that was when I became more serious about wanting to be a writer when I grew up.
Why do you write the type of books that you do?
I love reading historicals, so naturally that’s what I’m drawn to write. I’m fascinated with all of the things that happen in other times and places that seem so foreign to us now. I really appreciate when historical facts are woven into books seamlessly so that I’m learning but don’t really realize I am. And I hope that I can do that in my books too.
What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge at this stage in my life is dividing my time between writing and being a mom. Since I'm a work-from-home mom, there are many special issues that arise around setting boundaries, time management, as well as teaching my children to respect my work time.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
We have five children and homeschool our crew. Between homeschooling and writing I feel like I have two very full time jobs. It’s definitely not easy. But like any other writer trying to balance dual careers or multiple responsibilities, I’ve had to look for ways to make it work. I’ve scaled-back on outside commitments and simplified home life as much as possible. I also stick to a very strict writing schedule when I’m in first draft mode. I block out writing time and don’t let myself go to bed at night unless I get in my daily word count.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
One of the many verses I treasure is "I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength." Phil. 4:13 That verse has held me in good stead through many trials.
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
I've read a lot of spectacular books over the past year. I can't name one particular book or author because I've read so many that I've enjoyed and learned from. If I had to pick just one book, though, I'd go back to one of my childhood favorites, Anne of Green Gables. It played a role in developing my creativity as a writer. (Followed closely by A Little Princess and Little Women because they also featured strong, creative girls.)
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
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During my sleep deprived days when all of my five children were under the age of ten, I went shopping for clothes at Kohl's. As I was walking through the store pushing the double stroller and corralling my other kids, I happened to look down at my feet. I realized I was wearing two different shoes!
Please tell us about the featured book.
Captured by Love is set on Mackinac Island, Michigan during the War of 1812. The book portrays all the hardships that came during the British rule of the island–starvation-like conditions, blockades, threats by the British captors, and an impending battle against the Americans who wanted to retake the island. As the story unfolds, I weave in real details of the war using the names of many generals and the actual circumstances leading up to the battle that took place on the island.
Can you please give us the first page?
Michilimackinac Island, Michigan Territory May 1814
The dawn mist swirled around Angelique MacKenzie and shrouded the forest trail. She didn't need the light of day to guide her. She knew every path of her beloved island and could run them blindfolded if need be.
Even so, something in the damp foggy air sent a shiver up the back of her neck and forced her bare feet to move faster. The cold mud oozed between her toes, squishing and squelching with each step. She glanced at the dark tangle of bramble surround her as if a loup-garou would leap out at her and bare his sharp wolf's teeth.
She knew nothing of the sort could happen. Werewolves belonged only in tales, like the one she'd overheard the raconteur tell the night before. But she couldn't keep from seeing the hairy hunched back, long tail, and pointed ears in every flitting shadow.
Where can readers learn more information about you?
I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website: jodyhedlund.com
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