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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jodie Wolfe, Historical Romance


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by Jodie Wolfe

Jodie Wolfe
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has 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. She's a contributor for "Putting on the New" and "Stitches Thru Time" blogs. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie.

Welcome, Jodie. What made you decide to write about the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893? 
Almost 20 years ago my mother-in-law showed me the place where one of her relatives had claimed a piece of property during this last great race in our country. The original homestead was partially built into a hillside and lay in ruins crumbling, but I could already imagine characters who sought out that piece of land. 

What is the theme of this book? 
The importance of letting go of bitterness. My hero, Benjamin David says this to my heroine, Elsie Smith, “You can’t keep holding on to the bitterness, or it’ll eat you alive. Don’t allow Satan to win. He desires for you to be discouraged, defeated, and unforgiving, but God has better things in store for you, if you’ll allow Him to work in your life again.”  

Are there any historical items from your husband’s family in the story? 
Rose of Sharon quilt
One of my favorites is a Rose of Sharon quilt. It was passed down from generation to generation to the oldest daughter in the family. My mother-in-law passed it on to me since she only had sons. We believe the appliquéd quilt was first stitched in 1834. From the research I’ve done, this type of quilt was called a signature piece—a special bed covering that was only brought out on special occasions such as a wedding anniversary or something like that. I also discovered that this type of quilt was originally from my area of the country. My husband’s family carried the quilt along with them when they made the run into Oklahoma Territory. The slight change I made to the story was having the youngest daughter inherit the quilt. 

What was one of the interesting things you learned when researching for this book? 
The run itself has many intriguing facts. There were nine different starting places along the Kansas border and part of Oklahoma Territory south of the Cherokee Strip. It was mind-boggling to hear about the numbers of folks who competed trying to win a piece of property—over a hundred thousand. If you’ve ever seen the movie Far and Away, it accurately pictures what the race must have been like. 

Name a fun tidbit about your new release. 
At the beginning of each chapter, I have quotes from Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society. My characters usually do the complete opposite of whatever advice is given. I’ve had such positive feedback from advanced readers in regard to Mrs. Wigglesworth that I have an ebook of her sayings that released on May 21. 

Wow! Two books released in a week. Is Mrs. Wigglesworth an actual person? 
Chuckle. No. It’s all been made up in my mind. :) Hopefully, readers will have as much fun reading the quotes as I had in writing them. I'll be giving away a free copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one of your commenters. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, To Claim Her Heart.
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his Promised Land. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancée. He hasn't counted on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he is sadly lacking. 

Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith's only hope for survival, and not just any plot, she has a specific one in mind. The land's not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. She's willing to put in whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and Elsie's determined to keep it. 

Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land . . . or her heart.

Where can readers find you online?

Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society

Where can readers purchase To Claim Her Heart?

Thank you for the interview, Jodie. Do you have any closing thoughts?
 I believe we all have had times in our lives where it’s easy to wallow in bitterness because of the trials we’ve gone through. Believe me, I get it. I’ve been there, but I find that I do best when I make an active choice NOT to linger in the bitter feelings. When I give them to God (sometimes over and over again), it’s then that I can move forward in the hope and joy He desires for us to walk in. 

Jodie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jodie is offering an eBook copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 29, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Bidding on the Bouquet by Catherine Castle is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


  1. Thanks for inviting me here today. :)

  2. Hi Jodie & Jo. It is so nicethat you are enjoying the quilt that has passed through so many generations. I also think that the etiquette advice is a clever idea to go along with your new book.
    Jo, I am a follower.

    1. Connie, thanks for following my blog and leaving your comment!

  3. Hi Connie! So glad you stopped by today.
    I had fun writing both books. Readers have especially enjoyed Mrs. Wigglesworth's words of advice at the beginning of each chapter. :)

  4. Love this. I loveeverything historical and vintage! I would love, love, love this wonderful book! I am a follower! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. Sonja, thanks for coming by to comment and for following my blog!

    2. I know what you mean, Sonja. I so enjoy historical and vintage things as well. I guess that's why I love writing historical romance. :) Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. I am a follower
    wow, this is on my TBR list. sparks are going to fly. how will they be resolved? I love to read books about hope and faith.
    I am a quilter and I love The Rose of Sharon quilt. There is such a fascinating history behind how it got started. Such a fabulous keepsake.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    1. Hi Lori!
      I've loved learning some of the history of the Rose of Sharon pattern. I think it probably was especially meaningful to the woman that stitched the quilt since her mother migrated here from England.

    2. Lori, thanks for following my blog and for leaving your comment!

  6. Mrs. Wigglesworth sounds fun. Both books are on my TBR list.
    I am a follower

    1. Hi Nancy! Thanks for taking the time to comment today. I hope you enjoy both of the books. :)

    2. Nancy, thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

  7. Sounds like a great read, Jodie. Thanks for the giveaway, Jo. roemerfarmatfrontiernetdotnet

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    2. Hi Cynthia! Thanks for popping by for a visit.

    3. Cynthia, thanks for stopping by to comment.

  8. This sounds so interesting. I like it when authors use some family history in their books. Love the information about the quilt. mrs. Wigglesworth sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. Paula, thanks for coming by to leave your comment.

  9. I loved being able to share about the quilt and the family heritage. Thanks for stopping by, Paula.

  10. Loved the interview. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win rose blackard (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview, Rose. Thanks for taking the time to visit. :)

    2. Rose, glad you enjoyed the interview with Jodie. Thanks for commenting and following my blog!

  11. Loved the interview. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win rose blackard (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Rose, thanks for following my blog and commenting! Glad you enjoyed the interview with Jodie.

  12. Hello Jo and Jodie,
    Thank you Jo for sharing your interview with Jodie. I love reading about different authors and always happy to find a new one.
    Jodie, I love your answers and wit. It says a lot about you.
    I am from Oklahoma and yes, my ancestors were in the Oklahoma land rush. They were very fortunate to get land that was rich with oil and natural gas. To bad I’m way to far down the line. lol
    I can’t imagine what they went through to land their land. (Play on words) lol
    I haven’t read any of your books since I just found you, but I look forward to reading them. I followed you from this blog.
    If I were to win, I would love a signed paperback.

    1. Kathy, you're welcome. Glad you found a new-to-you author here. Thanks for commenting.

  13. Thank you for the interview ladies! Sounds very interesting! Aren’t you glad that our Father is always there for us...Blessings, Natalya.
    Jo, I’m following.

    1. Natalya, you're welcome. Thanks for following my blog and leaving your comment!