Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Back, Julie Arduini!
Linda: Thanks for stopping by. Congratulations on your newest release, Match Made in Heaven. I love the premise for the story. Where did you get your idea?
Julie: Thanks for having me! Match Made in Heaven started as my desire as a new Christian to write something I could share with friends that would be quality content to pass on. I’d written lots of little stories over the years that weren’t Christian that my friends loved. I wanted to write for God. The matchmaking element was based on my job at the time that I thought would be a fun premise.
LM: Did you always want to be a writer or did that desire come later, and if so, how?
Julie: I think that desire was always there, but I struggled with confidence. I didn’t have the best teachers, and grammar remains a weakness for me. I feared rejection. It took until my mid-thirties before I finally surrendered the fears and promised God I would write what He wanted, when He wanted.
LM: You are one busy lady. What does a “normal” week look like for you?
Julie: It truly depends on the week. This time of year is extra busy with school wrapping up and my husband is traveling quite a bit for work. When that happens, I tend to be busier with household and school activities. I make a point to read devotionals and spend time in my prayer journal. I try to get some bike riding and yoga in a few days a week. I help out with our youth group. Every morning I spend time on the laptop marketing my books and answering emails. Writing sadly doesn’t happen as often as I want with a season like this. Either late at night or when our daughter is home from school and watching her shows, I’ll sit in the same room and work, while interacting with her.
LM: If your story was going to be made into a movie, who would you like to see play the main characters?
Julie: I think Sandra Bullock could pull off the comedy that often is my life. A lot of people think my husband looks like Richard Dreyfuss, so that’s a possibility.
LM: How have you dealt with writer’s block or is that something you haven’t suffered?
Julie: I don’t know if it was writer’s block or if I worked myself into worry with the second book syndrome. Entrusted was my first book and was so easy to write. Readers loved it and were clamoring for the next, Entangled. I struggled hard writing that second book. I had to put the fears down and give them to God once and for all. I have a prayer team that prays for me, and I asked them to be intentional in helping me finish the book. It was all God in how Entangled came to be, and how readers still say it was their favorite in the series.
LM: Here are some quickies:
Mountains or ocean? Mountains
Sweet or salty treats? Sweet
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
LM: Can you tell us what writing projects are on your plate right now?
Julie: I’m still working on my new contemporary romance series, Surrendering Opinions. The first book, Anchored, I’ve started three times now. It’s a six book series about sextuplets who stay in the national spotlight after tragedy, and now that they are grown, each sibling is trying to find their identity and love like their parents had. In a couple weeks, our daughter is out of school and she will help me write the final book in the Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ series, You’re Brilliant.
Linda: Where can folks connect with you?
Monthly Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dCFG
Match Made in Heaven:
Beth Prescott wants to make a difference with the senior citizens she serves as a volunteer coordinator but their matchmaking efforts leave her guarded. She's experienced too much pain to make that leap again. Dean Kellerman returns to the Finger Lakes area to help his grandfather and heal his own broken heart. He's recommitted his life to Christ, and doesn't want any distractions. When his grandfather needs assistance with a senior program, it places Dean right in Beth's path. Can these two surrender their pasts to Christ and have faith in each other and their future?
Purchase Link: http://amazon.com/dp/B07QR29X51