Julie Arduini, author of the contemporary romance Surrendering Time Series, and a speaker
My passion is to encourage readers and audiences to find freedom through surrender, so my writing and speaking tackle surrender issues and chocolate. I’m not quite ready to surrender the chocolate, so I enjoy including that in what I do.
I am a team blogger with Christians Read, and I can be found there every other Wednesday.
Although I’m originally from Upstate NY, I live outside of Youngstown, Ohio, with my husband and two children.
When and why did you start writing?
I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t writing. An early memory is walking around with scrap paper and scribbling stories. I didn’t even know how to write or read. However, I took it seriously in 2006 when I overcame my fear of rejection. I started blogging, I shared writings online, took a course, and in 2010, I was finally ready to take an old manuscript and make it publishable. That work became ENTRUSTED.
What inspires your writing?
People. Moments. I’m always observing life. When I share my story with readers I explain that a parking lot is never a lot to me. I’m looking at the “what if” and developing stories on the spot.
How would you define creativity?
The ability to use gifts, talents and passions to express yourself in hopes your audience walks away encouraged or somehow better off than before they looked at what you created.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
I tend to do some daily readings, go through emails, and then listen to Pandora once I’m ready to write.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Just do it. I thought about writing for years and years but when I was a teen I was told not to pursue it because I wasn’t the strongest with grammar. I believe if you are called to write, you will be equipped. I lost so many years because of fear.
What do you believe make for great writing?
Reading up on the craft. Reading the genre you write in. Writing as much as you can. Be willing to let others critique your work. Revise, revise, revise. Repeat.
Which writers have influenced your writing?
Stephen and Janet Bly were my instructors with the Christian Writers Guild. I read everything I can from Janice Thompson, Susan May Warren, Rachel Hauck, Kristin Billerbeck.
How do you measure success as a writer?
Did the reader feel like they made friends with my characters? Did the reader come away encouraged or transformed for the better?
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
I recently shared with a book club that read ENTANGLED that I hated that book. Now that I am on the other side of it being released, I understand a lot of it was stress. There was so much going on at the time, and the message in the story was one I didn’t see being taken so seriously by readers. I am learning now how much readers are seeing themselves in the story and wanting to surrender regret and guilt from their lives. Now the stress makes sense, and I am so proud of that book.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
I’ll work this hard and not find new readers.
What traits do you feel make a great writer?
Drive. Patience. Perseverence. Teachable. Disciplined.
Describe your latest book to our readers
“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.” Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, life as a single mom with a teen she’s afraid will repeat her choices.
Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He’s the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will’s ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He’s bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will. Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm? ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past is Book Two in the Surrendering Time Series. Don’t forget to read Jenna’s story in Book One, ENTRUSTED, Surrendering the Present.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
That you can truly find freedom through surrender. ENTRUSTED is about surrendering fear, loss, and change. ENTANGLED is about surrendering regret. That humor and romance are great ways to show these messages.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
One thing I did that really moved things forward for me was joining ACFW. I know there are a lot of writing organizations out there. Research them. ACFW was a goldmine for me because of the critique groups. I learned (and still am) so much from the groups. I highly recommend them. Try NaNoWriMo at least one year, and don’t edit during it. Just write. Finally, this was advice I was given and I love it. “Have the skin of a rhino and the heart of a dove.” You can’t please everyone. You will get less than amazing reviews. Don’t tie your self-worth into what others think.
Can you give our audience a writing prompt to help get them writing?
This is a prompt I gave to a group of middle and high school students. They had a lot of fun with it.
Dan pushed his fork around his mashed potatoes as he watched the local news anchor deliver the news. Suddenly, the anchor stopped and looked directly into the camera.
“Dan. The city needs you. Meet me at the station in fifteen minutes.”
Dan dropped his fork and stared at the television screen, now just full of electronic snow.
What’s next for you?
I am writing ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, the last book in the Surrendering Time Series. Trish Maxwell was the “bad girl” of ENTRUSTED, but now she’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of explaining to do. Will a certain paramedic help her figure out what’s next after her dreams fell apart? I hope to have this available later this year/early 2017.
by: Julie Arduini
“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”
Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son’s father is back in their lives.
Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He’s the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will’s ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He’s bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.
Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?