I am so blessed to introduce to you a fellow Faith, Hope & Love Christian Writers member, Jodie Wolfe. Her newest release Protecting Annie is the second in her Burrton Spings Brides. Each story can be read as a stand-alone but is interconnected by the location and some of the characters. I’m looking forward to getting to know her better, and to introducing you to her and her stories. So without further ado, allow me to properly introduce Jodie.
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Faith, Hope & Love Christian Writers, and COMPEL Training. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
Now for the fun stuff! I have to admit I am partial to my Fast Five. 🙂 So settle in as I hit Jodie with rapid-fire.
CC: Milk or Dark Chocolate?
JW: Definitely milk.
CC: Print or E-book?
CC: Cat or Dog Person?
CC: Morning Person or Night Owl?
JW: Midmorning person. 🙂
CC: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
Now for a couple fun personal questions:
CC: How can we pray for you?
JW: Please pray for my son since he’s uppermost on my heart right now. This month he’s getting out of the Navy while also trying to find a job, a place to live, as well as working to get custody of his two children.
CC: Those are all such hard things. I am continuing to pray, and please thank him for his service to our country.
CC: What are you reading right now?
JW: I’m reading Jody Hedlund’s The Heart of a Cowboy and Chip Ingram’s I Choose Peace.
CC: Oh! I haven’t read either, but I’ve heard good things about Jody Hedlund’s. I’ve not heard of Chips, so I’ll be checking that out as we get off here.
CC: What has been the biggest challenge for you on your writing journey?
JW: The past few years have been my biggest writing challenge. Various circumstances as well as chaotic times killed my creativity. I finally decided to stop fighting against the chaos in my life. Funny thing, as soon as I did that, God gave me ideas for a story and words to write. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. 🙂
CC: LOL, I love how God words. It’s always when we surrender fully to Him that He reveals things He’s been holding back while waiting for us to really trust Him.
Since your release, Protecting Annie, was November 12, let’s talk a bit about that.
After twenty years of living along the trail as a deputy U.S. Marshal, Joshua Walker takes a job as sheriff in Burrton Springs, Kansas so he can be closer to his sister. Only problem, she no longer requires his protecting so he’s unsure of his next step.
Annie McPherson needs a change after the death of her father. She accepts a position as schoolmarm, hoping her past won’t catch up with her. Life is good, except for the pesky sheriff who continues to question her ability to adjust to life in the west and creates confrontations at every turn.
When the irritating schoolteacher’s past and present collide, dragging him into the turmoil, Josh has to decide who he’s willing to defend.
CC: Which character was the most fun to create? What makes them fun?
JW: This is a hard question since they all are fun to create. Sorry, I have to go with two. 🙂 The first is from book one in my Burrton Springs Brides series. In Taming Julia, I created Julia (Jules) Walker who was full of quirks and lack of knowledge of what it’s like to live in a town since she and her brother lived along the trail all her life. In Protecting Annie, book two in this series, I had fun creating Annie McPherson, who has a lot of book knowledge, but not a lot of common sense.
CC: Those sound like fun characters to create and read about. I’m looking forward to seeing how they both survive living in a western town.
How do you select the names of your characters?
JW: Sometimes the name just comes to me. Other times I search the time period I’m writing about to find out what the common names were. At some point a name will jump out to me and I go from there.
CC: That’s fun! I have census records I look through, and even found several books of local census records from my time period at the last library book sale.
Thank you so much for joining me today and providing all of us with a wonderful distraction. As my final question, I have my usual “Fun Question”.
If you could travel anywhere without worry about cost, where would you travel?
JW: I would love to go to New Zealand. My absolute favorite movies are The Lord of the Rings trilogy that were filmed there.
CC: I have a friend who went pre-Covid and toured all the LOR the locations. IT WAS SO COOL!! I loved looking at her pictures. I hope you get to make it at some point too!
You can purchase Jodie’s book at Amazon.
Jodie said the characters she created both lacked knowledge, one of how to live in town and the other common sense. What sort of trouble can you imagine characters like that getting into? Have you read other characters with these type of challenges?