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Molly, thank you so much for joining us for coffee today. I have my coffee ready and I am excited to be celebrating you today!
Do you have any habits or routines when working on a book?
I have to interview my characters ongoing as if I’m meeting them several times for tea. Where are they from? Family? Likes and dislikes? Life experiences? Tragedies? Past loves? Quirks? Secrets? Favorite foods, places, people, and things? I find this part fun and interesting. Ideas flood into my mind based on my characters’ answers.
Have you based scenes in your book on any of your experiences?
Yes, One day I grabbed my favorite white sweater out of the dryer. I threw it over my chair at work. Got cold, and pushed one arm through. Oh, it felt so good. Pushed the other arm through, and my arm stopped, so I pushed as hard as I could through the sleeve. Big mistake. My panties went flying through the air and landed in front of the man coming through my office door! Embarrasing to say the least. I used that scene to show how Becca felt standing in front of friends and family when David jilted her.
Do you want quiet or background noise when you write?
I have to have quiet. I find music and television distracting. I wish I could watch television and write! I have crazy hair days once in a while. I wake up, go straight to my computer and stay there all day (minus the needed breaks). LOL My husband peeks in and checks on me. He’s so supportive and encouraging – and he doesn’t complain. I don’t do this often. Most of the time I stick to my schedule of writing each day.
Do you travel much for research?
I have traveled to Holmes County Amish towns (Middlebury, Berlin, Mt. Hope, Charm and Sugarcreek) several times throughout my life. I went to Shipshewana, Indiana for the first time last year. I will continue to go back. I learn and enjoy the trips. The people are wonderful to talk too. I also went to Pineridge in Florida this year. I love it! I’ll go back there too! The stores have handmade quilts, potholders, and many items made by the Amish. They are beautiful. They have places giving exhibits and history facts about their start and how they’ve continued to maintain their lifestyle through the years. There are farms open to the public for tours and the talks are very informative.
About how long does it take to complete a book?
For a full length book (85,000 – 90,000 words) – eight months. You think of the idea, create a timeline, and map out in detail the character, and story. After the book is complete, I edit it several times for content, flow, grammar, punctuation, redundancy, action and more.
Who are some of my favorite authors?
I have so many! I enjoy romance and mysteries. I’m always trying new authors. Rebecca Waters wrote Breathing on Her Own, and I love the story. Janet Oke is another favorite. Both of them write stories that grab your heart and have you turning the pages well into the night until you’re on the last page of the book!
To celebrate Molly’s joining us today, we are giving away a paperback copy of Grace’s Forgiveness to one luck winner. Comment below on something interesting interesting you learned from Molly to be entered. This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on Friday, June 10th.
Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.