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by Janell Butler Wojtowicz
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Janell Butler Wojtowicz, born and raised on an Iowa
|Janell Butler Wojtowicz|
Welcome, Janell. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Catherine Marshall (author of Christy). While I had read Christian fiction as a child, Christy was the first novel that hit me emotionally. I read it in high school, at first intrigued by the title. (Before I was born, my parents had a daughter, Kristy, who was killed in an accident when she was 16 months old.) The plot hooked me right away, and it continues to hook me 40 years later. I probably read Christy once a year. In addition to discussing Catherine’s extraordinary writing journey, I’d love to talk about her entire life, which is a novel in itself. In fact, I’d love to write that novel!
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
1) I’m asked all the time how my last name is pronounced: Why-tow-vitch. It’s Polish and means “son of the mayor (of a village).” I still have problems writing it after 24 years of marriage.
2) I was a part of a team in my small town Iowa community that set off Fourth of July fireworks shows during my young and crazy days. Imagine wearing jeans, a long-sleeved and high-collar shirt, socks, closed-toe shoes, and a hat to be shielded from sparks in 90+ degree weather. But what a rush!!!
3) My family genealogy includes Pres. William McKinley (who was assassinated by a crazed anarchist). Note the last name of the main character in Embracing Hope. No, the character does not suffer the same fate. In addition, my kindergarten teacher was Mrs. McKinley.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’ve spent 35 years in journalism and public relations, which is predominately non-fiction. I had to work with the facts of reality, sometimes limited, that I was given or researched. Sure, I could be creative, but there were times when what I dealt with was dull (the effects of emerald ash borer), the ending was not happy (murder), and I wished I could tweak reality. With fiction, I make up the people, the plot, and the personalities. If I realize a character doesn’t fit, he’s red-penned (or killed off). I get inside the characters’ worlds and their heads. I insert my personality into characters and tidbits of my life into the plot. Writing fiction has never been dull, I can tweak to my heart’s content, and I create my own happy endings.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
I was published by a small start-up publisher, so the marketing budget is nil. The burden of marketing falls on the shoulders of most small-press and indie authors. Here are some suggestions to help us out.
1) Word of mouth goes a long way. Tell others: family, friends, women who attend your church and Bible study, neighbors, co-workers (when on break, not company time!). Even mention the Christian women’s and romance genres to male acquaintances. Several men have read my book and passed it on to the ladies in their lives.
2) Obviously, use the many forms of social media, including LinkedIn.
3) Recommend it to local libraries, buy it for your church library, and if you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.
4) Recommend it to independent book stores and gift shops.
5) I’ve noticed women over 60 enjoy the genres, so consider donating to senior centers or care centers.
6) Buy them for gifts: Christmas, birthday, graduation, hostess gifts, get-well.
7) If so led, give a financial gift for advertising; even a few dollars can help authors promote their book.
8) Reviews, reviews, reviews. Whether it’s Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes and Noble, social media, your local newspaper, church newsletter, or library newsletter/web site, reviews are an author’s bread and butter. It doesn’t take much: just a few sentences about what you liked about it, how it touched you, why you recommend it to others, etc.
Please tell us about your novel, Embracing Hope.
Christian college dean Drew McKinley mourns his dead wife and still wears his wedding ring. He
stumbles on a desperate journey to understand God’s motives for her tragic death. Crossing his perilous path is Allison, a graduate student and new employee in the dean’s office. Even as she deals with financial hardships, she recognizes Drew’s unresolved grief from her own loss. Putting up a roadblock is Chris Whitney, the handsome but egotistical student senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?
Where can readers find you online?
Where readers can purchase Embracing Hope?
Barnes and Noble Nook
Contact me (I have author copies.)
Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Did the loss of someone or something ever leave you feeling hopeless and you lost faith in God? How did you overcome it to find hope for your future and rebuild your faith?
Janell, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Janell is offering an eBook copy of Embracing Hope to one commenter to this blog post.
Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through August 22, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.
Last week, everyone was a winner! Lillian Duncan was last week's guest blogger. Lillian offered all readers of her post a free eBook copy of her Devotions from Puzzle House. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.