A little bit about Julie
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the re-release, ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. 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 at JULIE ARDUINI: SURRENDER ISSUES AND CHOCOLATE and the weekly e mail. SUNDAY’S SURRENDER AND CHOCOLATE.
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The Friday Five with Julie
What inspired your latest story?
ENTANGLED is the second book in my re-branded Surrendering Time series. When I was trying to finish ENTRUSTED, I was stuck. I kept praying, and one day all the loose ends came together and paved the way for me to continue. It gave Carla a story. My writing is based on surrender themes and chocolate, so for Carla, her story became one of not being able to let go of regret. Because she can’t forget her past, she’s destroying her future.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Hearing from readers. Writing is a lonely, hard life. When a reader reaches out and told me they read ENTRUSTED in one night, or my mom lets me know there is a friend’s brother who has read the first book and wants to know when ENTANGLED is out. I never thought about male readers. I’m hearing from those who read ENTANGLED and as hard as that book was to write, it is changing lives. Readers are letting go of their guilt and shame from the past. That feedback makes every moment when I want to walk away worth it.
Who would you cast as the hero and heroine of your latest release? (Pictures would be nice for this question.)
What a great question. I think for Carla, Emma Stone. Although not an actor, I keep hearing that on the cover, Will Marshall looks like NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
How do you balance writing and the rest of life?
It’s a challenge. This year I bought an iBloom planner and that has made a huge difference in my life, so much so, I am now part of their affiliate team. I can’t enough about how it keeps me organized, let’s me reflect on goals, focus on relationships, and more. I also create reminders via Google Calendar app. This year not only did I start my own imprint, we had an out of state wedding and a graduation within weeks of each other when I was releasing two books. It was not an easy time, but I credit these things (with a lot of prayer) as how I survived it. (2017 iBloom planners are available for pre order at https://ibloom.co/planner/?partner=35.)
Are you and introvert or extrovert? What’s that best thing about being an (introvert or extrovert)?
I call myself an introvert’s introvert. I struggled with that for a long time because I always felt like such a misfit. Now, I embrace it. I work a lot mentoring women and praying for them. If I were always on the go and socializing, I’d miss those opportunities. As an introvert, I have to step back and re charge. I’d never get any writing done if I were an extrovert. I love the extroverts in my life, but I finally can say I feel blessed to be an introvert.
“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”
Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son’s father is back in their lives.
Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He’s the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will’s ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He’s bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.
Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?
Entangled is book #2. Although it can standalone, if you’d like to read Entrusted: Surrendering the Present first, click here: http://www.amazon.com/Entrusted-Surrendering-Present-Time/dp/0692709177?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&sr=