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Interview with Jodie Wolfe

Author Jodie Wolfe, also known as Grammie, loves stories that feature characters going through trials and seem to have no hope, only to find the will to press on. She enjoys writing quirky characters readers can connect with. When not writing, you can find Jodie enjoying time with her husband, walking, and reading.

What was the inspiration for Protecting Annie?
When I wrote Taming Julia, the first book in my Burrton Springs Brides Series, I figured it would be fun to write a character in the second book who is the complete opposite of Jules (Julia). While Jules lived her life along the trail and has a lot of practical know-how, Annie McPherson, my heroine in book two only has book knowledge and thoroughly relies on it. She lacks common sense and has a difficult time adjusting to life in a western town.

What did you learn while writing this book?
I enjoyed doing some research about Scotland and the highland clearances. I researched ships that came to America, so I’d have some ideas for Annie’s backstory.

You like to give your characters different quirks. What quirks can readers find in Protecting Annie?
Like I mentioned, Annie relies on her book knowledge, which leads to all kinds of situations to throw her into and bring out her quirks of not knowing what to do when she can’t find answers in books.

How do your faith and spiritual life affect your storytelling?
My faith is part of me/my life, so it naturally spills over into my writing. I hope others can easily see something different about me because of my relationship with the Lord Jesus.

If you could have coffee with an author, dead or alive, whose work you admire, who would that be? What would you ask him or her?
Hmm. That’s a tough one. Perhaps, Gilbert Morris. He was a little older than me when he had his first book published. I would love to know how he kept things straight in his head with writing since he went on to write many more books.

What is your writing routine like?
Due to having my husband working from home for almost a year and half, my schedule was thrown out of whack. Apparently, I’m easily distracted. I found myself struggling to settle down and write when he was here. I’m in the process of trying to get back to writing at least a couple hours each weekday.

What draws you to write historical romance novels?
I never liked history when I was in school because it always focused on memorizing dates—something I’m not good at. But I love digging into history and finding the stories from it. I love reading historical fiction as well because I learn more.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Don’t get caught up in Satan’s lie of not being good enough. Be who God created you to be and don’t listen to the naysayers.

Have you made any New Year's Resolutions?
To be faithful to write the stories God puts on my heart.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?
I Choose Peace by Chip Ingram, and Mary Connealy’s A Man with a Past and Love on the Range.

What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Protecting Annie. Gertrude Miller has been in the first two books in this series (Burrton Springs Brides), so I figured it was time for her to have a story of her own. The third book is currently called Wooing Gertrude.
Jessica Baker loves sharing her passion for reading with others and connecting readers with authors. In addition to blogging at A Baker’s Perspective, Jessica is a virtual assistant, proofreader, and runs her own business. Though she wishes she had a library like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Jessica realizes the importance of sharing her books with the world to tell the story, and donates many books to her local library. Jessica lives in Central New York with her husband, teenage daughter, beagle, three cats, and four ducks.

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