About the Author
Julie Arduini’s passion is to encourage audiences to surrender the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate. Her writing tackles both surrender issues and chocolate, and she jokes as a speaker she has the gift of gab. She loves to cheer audiences on as they find freedom through their surrender journey.
Her Surrendering Time series includes the re release of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present and ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, will release at the end of 2016.
She’s also the co author of A Walk in the Valley, where she is transparent in sharing her infertility story.
Julie blogs every other Wednesday at Christians Read, a popular blog featuring favorite Christian authors.
She loves to connect with readers. Discover her free resources on the left sidebar of her blog, JulieArduini.com, and say hello throughout social media by following her @JulieArduini.
She lives in NE Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret stash of chocolate.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I love telling a story that gives the reader an escape, but also a crop of characters they could consider friends. That they can close the book at the end and feel inspired that they can make a difference because the hero and heroine surrendered their fears or some other issue.
Tell us about how you write:
I write at the dining room table with the woods in front of me. I have music on, usually a playlist from Pandora or Spotify. Then, I'll open YWriter and look at my character and plot notes. My notes are more of an outline, but definitely can't write as a "pantser." My character sketches are from before I start the story, but I keep adding to it as I go along.
Once I know where I want to take the story, I move to Word and start typing away. Once I finish a chapter, I submit it to two critique groups and then edit once I receive their remarks back. If I'm not interrupted, I can usually get 2.5 k words in per session.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen. They have creative personalities and wisdom in where they want their journey to go. There are layers within them that I could never unravel alone.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't get so lost in the writing process that you lose the romance yourself. I consider myself a reader first. I'm always looking to write what I love reading. I want to be swept away, shed tears, and just fall in love with the characters. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the technical aspects of writing. Although that's important, if you don't have the romance central to your story, it won't matter how well it is written. Your readers want a good romance.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was a stirring I couldn't shake, even though I was with a publisher I liked very much. I obeyed that call and started Surrendered Scribe Media in February 2016. I believe I was meant to do this so that I could have the freedom to line everything I do—writing and speaking—under my brand of surrender issues and chocolate. Everything audiences read or hear features something about surrender, and a chocolate mention.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the indie publishing movement is going to gain even more respect and participation at warp speed. It is very difficult for new authors to receive a traditional contract, and even long-contracted authors are not being renewed. That said, indie authors need to treat this as the business it is. Don't just upload your first draft because you can. Make your manuscript the best you can. Make sure it is edited, and have Beta readers proofread. The cover needs to look professional or no one will be interested in what is inside. I'm excited for publishing.
What genres do you write:: contemporary romance, chick lit, clean romance, Christian fiction
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print