Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jodie Wolfe joins us today!

Welcome Jodie Wolfe!

About Jodie:
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She's been a semi-finalist and finalist in
various writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

Joi:Why did you start writing? How did you start writing?

Jodie: LOL. I can't remember a time where I didn't write. I remember my first writing assignment. I was in second grade and we were to come up with a poem. I wrote mine about my favorite thing at the time. Snoopy. I still remember it to this day…but I won't recite it for you. J
Joi: That's awesome!

Joi: How did you select your genre?

Jodie: Chuckle. I think I'd have to say my genre picked me. I loved watching and reading Little House on the Prairie as a child and the love of the era stuck with me I guess.

Joi: What is your writing day like?

Jodie: I guess it all depends if I'm working on a book or novella or if I'm in between projects. Sounds like I'm not giving you very straight answers, doesn't it? J My typical day begins around 6:30 or 7. First thing I do is spend some time with the Lord through devotions. Then I pull on my exercise gear and walk anywhere from a mile to a two and a half miles. This is my most favorite prayer time. I get to be out in the beauty of nature while I'm communing with my Heavenly Father. Exercise is just the added benefit. After breakfast and a shower, I sit down at my computer. My day is a mix of active writing (2-3 hours yielding 2-3,000 words), working on blog posts, marketing, social media, etc. I try to not sit overly long, so I usually putter around with things that need accomplished around the house as my 'break' time.

Joi: How do you organize your writing? (outlines/note cards/post-its)

Jodie: Well, right now my desk is a bit messy as I'm trying to transition my writing desk out of our dining room and into a separate office instead. I tend to use a lot of post-it notes, calendar, files, etc. to keep myself organized. I don't always do a great job with that, but I'm hoping to improve in that area.

Joi: What's the most surprising thing a character has “told you”?

Jodie: Oh, I wished you had asked me that question when I wrote one of my novels a few years ago. Unfortunately I don't remember now what it was.

Joi: Do you have a list of characters that you're saving for future use? What kind of information do you keep on these characters

Jodie: No, unfortunately I'm not that organized. At least I don't think I have a file like that. Although, I do keep a file of photos of people who could become potential characters. Does that count? J

 Joi: What does your work space/office look like?

Jodie: Like I mentioned before, I'm currently taking up part of my dining room, but I've outgrown the area. I look forward to having my own room where I can spread out. One thing I have hanging above my desk is a sign I had when my boys were still at home. It says, 'No Whining'.

Joi: What is your go-to snack when writing?

Jodie: It used to be chocolate until I stopped eating sugar this past summer. Now I usually snack on trail mix or not at all.

Joi: If you could only recommend one NOVEL, what would it be? Why?

Jodie: It's so hard to narrow it down to just one. I guess I'd have to go with one I've read recently. Roseanna White's, A Lady Unrivaled. Her characters were quirky and fun, and she is such a brilliant author.

Joi: If you could only recommend one CRAFT book (writing, no crocheting), what would it be? Why?

Jodie: The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
I sometimes struggle with a different way of having a character express an emotion. This is my go-to resource for helping with that.

Joi: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Jodie: Thank you so much for having me here today. I look forward to getting to know your readers better.

Joi: Thanks for joining us, Jodie!

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