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When I grow up, I want to be . . .

When I grow up, I want to be . . .

From the time I carried a book out to the front porch swing and escaped into my own world, I pictured myself providing that same pleasure for some other girl somewhere. Stories buzzed around in my head, impatient to be written down. Back then, my writing influences were more about the story than the author. I loved Nancy Drew mysteries and Little House adventures. I really had no idea what the life of an author would be like. The perfect career I envisioned would be me churning out rough drafts in a spiral notebook, and someone else taking them to a factory somewhere and making them into a book.
As I began to write more, I began to respect the craft of writing, and admired authors who could keep my attention and leave me looking for more of their work on return trips to the library. I was entertained by Phyllis A. Whitney, The Cat Who books, and Mary Stewart. Finally, a friend recommended Janette Oke’s books, and I devoured them, along with Christy by Catherine Marshall. Now, my direction was becoming clearer. I would write the whole story. Not just the surface romance, the action and adventure, but the home all by yourself emotions, the yearning and turning to God that we all experience.
Finally, as I discovered that there was much more to being published than completing a rough draft, I began to admire women who were actually making it work. Now, through Facebook, I can get a glimpse of what it takes to be a real Christian fiction author. Deborah Raney and Kim Vogel Sawyer are the two who most closely reflect my writing style, as well as my goals. They are happy, very busy women with families that they adore,and they still make time to attend conferences and provide personal advice to those of us who are still striving. These role models, along with the encouragement I get from the members of ACFW Arkansas make my journey much happier.
When I grow up, I want to be the best Jenny McLeod Carlisle possible. Hopefully, my stories will reflect that, and someone somewhere will enjoy spending time in my world.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:13.

  1. Debbie Archer05-07-13

    Great post, Jenny!

  2. Jenny Carlise05-07-13

    Thanks, Debbie!

  3. Ann McCauley05-30-13

    Loved hearing your heart, dear. I look forward to seeing your books in print, too. Your quiet stick to it nature inspires me.

    • Jenny Carlisle05-31-13

      Thanks, Ann. You encourage me to stick to it!

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