The minute I finished The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund, I immediately needed to get her other books. Like A to the SAP. The publisher offered Unending Devotion for FREE a week later, so I passed out of joy and then downloaded it. It’s in my to-be-read-on-the-next-plane-ride pile (which is next month) as well as her other ones :).
As if being an amazing author wasn’t enough, I recently discovered that portions of Unending Devotion goes to stopping human trafficking. You can check out more organizations Jody supports here, but my level of respect just jumped 87 points. Not only does she use words to truly change people, she acts of her convictions and beliefs. To me that’s awesome.
Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling books, The Preacher’s Bride and Unending Devotion. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. Her latest book, A Noble Groom, just released.
To find out more about Jody and her books, visit her website at jodyhedlund.com
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
I would never have imagined that I’d be writing so prolifically! I was only writing about 500 words a day five years ago. I was lucky to eke out one book in a year’s time. And now I’m writing 1500 to 2000 words a day (close to 10,000 a week). The last couple of years I’ve written two full length novels per year. And this year, I’m on track to write three if not four books.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I wish I hadn’t worried so much about my future. This is a really tough one. Because I think it’s natural for us to be excited and nervous when we send a manuscript out there whether to an agent or publisher.
But in hindsight, I realize all my fretting didn’t make the process move faster or make things turn out better. It didn’t change WHAT happened. But it did make me more tense. I’m still learning to work hard at the things I can control (like continually striving to improve my writing), and to let go of the things I can’t (like how quickly I achieve success).
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
I’ve had plenty of writing-related happy moments! But a personal happy moment was when I was newly married and had just moved near my parents, my dad came over for dinner one night. It was just him with me and my husband. I made a pot of really spicy chili (too spicy, actually!). We had a wonderful evening together. Two nights later he died of a massive heart attack. That dinner was the last time I saw him, and now when I look back at it, I see the time we had together as a gift.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams! Dreams can come true. But be prepared to work really hard. Really, really hard. Learn all you can. Be teachable. But also be true to yourself. And persevere until you reach your dreams and beyond.
Thank you so much Jody for joining me here at Books and Beverages!