Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Julie Arduini. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Julie: Encouraging. Faithful. Sassy. If I was allowed to expand on that, I’m working on the sassy part being more grace and prayerful.
Good choices. And we’re all working on something. 🙂 Now about travel…
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Julie: That’s a great question! I’ve been intentional about using regions in Upstate New York as my settings. My current series I’m working on is set in the Finger Lakes, where I grew up. A future setting I’d like to use and would need to do research on as I haven’t visited since I was a little girl would be the 1000 Islands. My heart is to show readers places apart from NYC that are typically small town. My first series, Surrendering Time, was in the Adirondack Mountains. The biggest compliment I received was from residents in the real Speculator who looked at a map to make sure my fictional village of Speculator Falls was fake.
Sounds like an interesting place. What a compliment! Last question:
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Julie: So many songs come to mind as music really speaks to me. There have been seasons where I have a theme song because it ministered to me at the time. “The Anchor Holds” and “I’m Still Standing” (yes, Elton John.) The one constant song is “I Won’t Back Down,” the Sam Elliott version. I’m tenacious and prayer is important to me. The lyrics really fit my life, even though it’s a song used in an animated movie.
Interesting choice. I like a lot of songs from animated movies too.I love that song. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Julie: Thank you, this was fun!
Julie: I would love to give away a copy of You’re Beautiful, a novella for girls 10-100 that I co-wrote with my teen daughter, Hannah, plus Entrusted, my first contemporary romance in the Surrendering Time series. It’s based in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY and my favorite place to visit. US winner can choose print or eBook. International winner will automatically receive eBook.
You’re Beautiful by Hannah Arduini & Julie Arduini
Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY.
Her latest release, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah. A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a boxed set featuring Julie and some of the authors from the Inspy Romance blog that will be available for pre-order mid-September. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance.
She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.