Talkshow Thursday: Welcome back Julie Arduini!
Linda: Welcome back. I can’t wait to hear about your latest release, You’re Amazing, the second in the Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ series. As with the first book, you co-authored the story with your daughter. How was this experience different than the first time?
Julie: Hi, Linda! Thanks for having me back! The biggest change for You’re Amazing is that Hannah created a plot around dance, something I have zero experience or knowledge about. The whole concept of the book for Jazmin’s story was having her struggle in dance for the first time, so I could relate! I have to thank our dancing friend, Alanis, who went over the dance aspects and edited me for accuracy.
LM: It’s obvious you have a heart for young people, and this series seems geared to help them deal with the issues of growing up. What do you think is the biggest challenge for teens today?
Julie: My passion is for young people, girls especially, to embrace the truth that as Stasi Eldredge wrote, that they are “Captivating, the masterpiece in creation.” If that truth doesn’t reach them, they will go find a way to be captivating in ways that will scar them. Young people have so much stress and little encouragement. That was Hannah’s heart for the series, to encourage girls younger than her so they wouldn’t struggle as much.
LM: You’ve written both fiction and non-fiction. How is the process different?
Julie: I think the research for fiction is harder. In the Surrendering Time series, it was important to get the setting right because I love the Adirondacks so much I wanted to honor the people and place. The non fiction writing I have done has been about my infertility experience, so that was something I knew very well, too well.
LM: You are a self-professed chocolate lover. What is your favorite chocolate treat?
Julie: Pretty much anything milk chocolate with almonds. I received Cadbury bars for Christmas and they didn’t last long!
LM: How do you prepare yourself for writing? (e.g. set up in a certain place, listen to music)
Julie: Great question! I have found I’m in a better frame of mind if I workout first, doing a walking workout on YouTube followed by a quick yoga program. Then, I spend time in Bible study. I turn on my candle warmer, usually with a Christmas tree scent, and have Alexa play instrumental music. I tend to write in the bedroom because my husband is often in the office and our college aged son also has online classes he takes downstairs.
LM: Here are some quickies:
Julie: Favorite Actor or Actress: Ryan Reynolds
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Biblical character: Esther
LM: What is your next project?
Julie: This fall I will release Restoring Christmas. It was part of the A Christmas to Remember boxed set, but now that novella will also be available in print form.
I’m also finally writing the first book in my next Christian romance series, Surrendering Opinions. I’ve tried Anchored three times and put it down. I finally feel like everything in my head will finally make it to paper. For those that enjoy the show, This is Us, Surrendering Opinions will be a series I think they will enjoy.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Julie: My site is at http://juliearduini.com, where they can also receive my first romance, Entrusted, as a gift when they subscribe to my newsletter. I’m everywhere on social media between Facebook and Snapchat as @JulieArduini. I’d love readers to follow me on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00PBKDRSQ and Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9819114.Julie_Arduini. Don’t be shy to reach out. I enjoy connecting with readers.
Thank you, Linda!
Jazmin’s a natural at dance until a series of changes make her wonder if she should even keep up with her favorite hobby.
Lena’s a mom with young children overwhelmed with her schedule when a woman remarks that what Lena does isn’t even important.
Both Jazmin and Lena belong to Linked, a mentoring ministry where all ages encourage each other and build friendships. Can these two surrender the lies they are believing and realize they are amazing?
A novella for tweens, teens, and women of all ages by mother and daughter team Julie Arduini and Hannah Arduini.