Author Interview: Julie Arduini
Julie, thank you for being with us today. Entrusted is a sweet romance with a great message wrapped inside. The story is set in the Adirondack Mountains, and I know you have a special connection there. Would you mind sharing that with our readers?
I first visited the real Speculator, New York in the early 90s when my good friend from college invited me. I instantly fell in love with the area and looked to visit whenever I could. That same family was even gracious enough to give us their home for the week for our honeymoon. I’ve always felt such peace there, definitely a gift from God.
I mentioned the message above. For me, my take away was to let go and learn to trust the Lord for our future, to sort out the things of the past, and to surrender to Him our worries and our fears. Is trust something that the Lord brought to you while writing Entrusted or is it something you wrote from personal experience?
I think a little of both. I certainly battled fear, and for me it was fear of rejection. Jenna needed to belong and Ben kept her second guessing with his reminders she didn’t belong. I grew in faith while writing Entrusted because for years the lie I believed was I wasn’t good enough. I was always the mediocre English student. As Ben and Jenna transformed through surrender, I believe I did, too. I know I’m called to do this, and through that, God equips.
What impressed me about your writing from the very beginning when I was reading it in critique was the ease with which the humor flows. I know that writing humor is not as easy as you make it look. This will seem a bit contradictory, but I have found that whether humor comes natural to a writer or whether they have to work at it, the art of bringing a smile to a reader isn’t as easy as you make it look. I’d love to know your process.
I truly believe its God at work. I ask Him for the words because I know humor is hard to translate on paper. I also look at my writing from a reader’s perspective. I want to deliver books that I know I’d love to read. When I read Kristin Billerbeck’s Ashley Stockingdale, I knew sassy characters were more than okay to write. They could be embraced—because I absolutely loved Ashley. I felt like that gave me permission to write what I love reading—funny, sassy characters who are also growing in faith.
And I’d like to know if you are anything like your character, Jenna Anderson?
I would be a horrible senior center director. Although I spent a decade in the field, I love encouraging the director, not being one. However, I share Jenna’s love for a mocha and I can speak freely like Jenna without always thinking it through.
Tell us about the upcoming novels in your Adirondack Surrender series and any other projects that you might have in the works.
Entangled is Carla’s story and I can’t wait to share it. She’s creating split ends for the people she loves when she can’t let go of her past choices.
Thank you, Julie. I hope that you and Carly will join us here at Inner Source when the novel is released.
More about the Author:
Julie Arduini is an author with a passion to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. Her first Adirondack contemporary romance, Entrusted, gives readers hope to surrender fear. A Walk Through the Valley will soon be available as an infertility devotional with five other authors. She blogs every other Wednesday at Christians Read and is a frequent contributor to Jasmine’s Place. To learn more about her writing and love of chocolate, visit http://juliearduini.com. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.
More about Entrusted:
Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl, plows—literally—into Speculator Falls with a busted GPS, arriving in town as the new senior center director. She has only one goal—that of belonging no matter how out of place she appears and how angry she makes town councilman and grocer Ben Regan.
Her new life is so rural there are no traffic lights, and when she learns her car isn’t equipped to handle the mountain terrain, Ben’s grandmother offers her late husband’s vehicle, further alienating the local businessman.
As she endears herself to the seniors at the center and creates a vision full of ideas, programs, and equipment, she ruffles Ben’s plans to keep Speculator Falls void of change, including the store his grandfather built.
The two work through community events and shared heartbreak only to face off in a town council meeting where Ben publically rejects her proposal for the senior center, causing Jenna to react out of her fears about belonging.
She returns to Ohio where she realizes she needs to surrender her plans for the center and fears about belonging and trust her Heavenly Father when facing fear, change, loss, and love.