Howdy y’all (I’m working on my Texan).
Please welcome to the Embattled Spirit studio a new author from Write Integrity. Jerusha Agen is one of my co-authors of the upcoming Christmas novella (watch for it to release in December). But today we are talking to her about her debut novel, hot off the press.
No love, no pain. No God, no games. A tragedy three years ago destroyed Nye’s rise to the top of the dancing world as an upcoming tango star, and in the process destroyed her reason for living, too. She survived the pain and built a new life resembling nothing like the one she left behind, determined never to hurt again. Nye’s emotional walls hold up perfectly until she meets a handsome lawyer and an elderly landowner. They seem harmless, but one awakens feelings she doesn’t want and the other makes her face the God she can’t forgive. Will these two men help Nye dance again? –This Dance
J.A. – Tell us a little bit about yourself—What do you do when you are not writing?
Jerusha – I stay busy training my dogs, baking, running, reading, and watching movies.
J.A. – Well, so much for people thinking we authors are more just ordinary people. LOL. Where do you get your story ideas?
Jerusha – Everywhere! I’m constantly hearing of someone’s experience, reading an article, or just getting lost in my imagination and coming to the conclusion—that would make a great story!
J.A. – In other words, we much have to watch what we do and say when in your presence or you’ll put us in your next novel? A true writer! Can you tell us about your newly released book?
Jerusha – No love, no pain. No God, no games. This Dance is a story that I hope will resonate with many people. Nye Sanders is a woman who experienced a tremendous loss that nearly destroyed her. As many of us do, she blamed God and others for what happened. The solution for her is to take control of her life and prevent any possibility of pain by staying detached from everyone. Then there’s Cullen Chandler, an attorney with workaholic tendencies who is trapped in a job that demands the sacrifice of relationships in order to succeed. The former tango dancer and the overworked lawyer may have more in common than they think. They are both about to find out that God isn’t finished with them yet. My hope is that people in similar situations to these characters will find comfort or helpful truth in reading this story. And, I hope they have as much fun spending time with these characters as I did!
J.A. – Is this book part of a series?
Jerusha – Yes. This Dance is the first installment in the Sisters Redeemed Series. Look for Book Two in February 2014!
J.A. – Woohoo! I’m sure I’ll be one of the first to hear about it. (You know how our editor is.) Do you have any advice for other writers?
Jerusha – Keep writing and have confidence that if you are writing the story God gave you, then you are doing the right thing, even when you aren’t seeing the results you want. Remember that God’s timing and will are perfect for if and when your writing will be published. Wait on Him and always keep writing!
J.A. – Great advice, and so true. What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Jerusha – A mini notepad for jotting down notes when inspiration hits. My Audrey Hepburn tote bag with extra “necessities” like a lint/hair roller (I have two hairy dogs and a cat), granola bars, umbrella, and hand wipes. I should have been a scout: “Be Prepared.”
Jerusha – No stalking!
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