Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Back, Jodie Wolfe!
Jodie: Thank you. It's exciting. I appreciate you having me on today. In regards to the inspiration, I thought it would be fun to create a character (Annie McPherson) who has a lot of head knowledge but when it comes to common sense, not so much. She's a total opposite from my heroine in my first book in the series, Taming Julia. I figured Annie would be fun to interact with Jules' brother, Josh who is pure cowboy through and through. As I was writing Taming Julia, I knew I wanted to have a book about Jules' brother which is how Protecting Annie came about.
LM: I love that your female protagonist wears glasses and is pictured as such on the cover. How did you decide to create her?
Jodie: You don't often see protagonists with glasses do you? It made sense to create a character like this since I've worn glasses since I was in second grade. Annie, like me, is blind without her spectacles which make for some fun scenes.
LM: Research is an important aspect of writing, especially historical fiction, and all of your books are always accurate. What sort of things did you do to research Protecting Annie?
Jodie: One of the biggest things I researched was Wanted posters from the time period. I don't want to go into too much detail, but it plays an important part in this story.
LM: You write historical fiction set in various times during the 1800s. How do you select which time
Jodie: For this story, I wanted it to be just shortly after Taming Julia took place which is how I came up with 1876. I typically come up with a story idea first knowing that most times it will be set in anywhere from 1870s-1890s, although I am starting work on a book that takes place in the 1860s which I haven't done before. As for a favorite time period, somewhere in the 1870s.
LM: How do you juggle your writing career with other responsibilities?
Jodie: Sometimes I do great with this, other times not so much. Recently our son has been going through a difficult situation and it's been hard balancing being there for him while also trying to keep up with my writing responsibilities. I'm blessed to have a publisher who is very understanding.
LM: How did the pandemic impact your writing?
Jodie: It impacted me a lot. My husband worked from home for over a year and I found myself too distracted to write while he was here.
LM: What is one piece of advice you have for fledgling writers?
Jodie: Trust God and His timing. He knows what's best. Keep pressing into Him.
LM: What is your next project?
Jodie: I'm actually tentatively working on two ideas. One is the next book in this series (Burrton Springs Brides) with a working title of either Wooing Gertrude or Courting Gertrude. She's the seamstress and friend in Protecting Annie. The other project is a new series set in a town in PA. The first story will be in the 1860s which will require some extra research.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jodie-Wolfe/e/B01EAWOHXO
ABOUT Protecting Annie:
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B097F5GZ47