Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jody Hedlund

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday

Please Welcome

Jody was actually my very first follower on this blog and I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to feature her. 

First, let  me tell you about her new book The Doctor's Lady. You can check out the beautiful book trailer below.

I will openly admit I am not an avid historical fiction reader. I finished The Doctor's Lady in one day, staying up until the wee hours of the morning, because I had to know what happened. It is a quick moving, fascinating read about the life of a woman travel across the country in the 1830's. The characters suck you in. By the time I turned the last page, I was sad to end my journey with them.
You can enter to win a free, signed copy of the book by leaving a comment this week. 
The winner will be chosen on Monday, October 3rd.
*U.S. mailing address only, please*

Let's get to know Jody!

  What was the inspiration behind The Doctor’s Lady?

This book is inspired by the true life story of Narcissa Whitman, the first white woman to brave the dangers of overland trail and travel west. In 1836, she married Dr. Whitman, and then the next day left her childhood home and would never return for the purpose of starting a mission among the Nez Perce natives.
It was my hope in this story to bring Narcissa Whitman to life. This heroic woman has often been ignored and at times even disparaged. In reality, she exuded incredible courage to attempt a trip many proclaimed foolishly dangerous. It was called an “unheard-of-journey for females.” Because of her willingness to brave the unknown, she led the way for the many women who would follow in her footsteps in what would later become known as the Oregon Trail.

What message do you hope readers take away?

I hope readers are inspired to try new things and brave dangerous prospects in the pursuit of their dreams. When we go after the things that matter, we’ll have to take risks and we’ll experience setbacks and obstacles. But if we persevere, we can reach our destination and do great things along the way.

What do you like most about writing and being a published author?

As a writer, I love telling stories. I especially like the feeling that comes as I near the end of the book when everything looks hopeless, the characters are in big trouble, and somehow I’m able to wrap up the book in a satisfying way. I call it the first-draft love affair! I fall absolutely and madly in love with the story and think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written.

As a published author, I love hearing from readers. I’m always thrilled to get emails or hand-written notes from readers telling me how much my story touched them.

What do you like least?
I struggle the most during the editing phase of each of my books. The love affair that started during the first draft comes to an end. I fall out of love with my books. By the last edit—called the Galley Review—I finally reach a point where I loathe the book, think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever written, and wish I could just throw it away. During the Galley stage, I’m fraught with insecurity and fear. My agent did a great job of talking me off the cliff during my fears with The Doctor’s Lady. She encouraged and inspired me to keep going no matter what happens. 

  What’s coming next?
 In 2012, my next historical romance releases. I’m really excited about this story because it’s set in my home state of Michigan. It takes place during the 1880’s at a time in history when the lumber era was at its height. Although the story isn’t inspired by a true person the way my first two books have been, I do include several real people, particularly a real villain by the name of James Carr who was notorious in central Michigan for his violence and for introducing white slavery into the state.

 The heroine of the story is a young woman, Lily Young, who is looking for her sister who’s caught up into the degradation of lumber camp life. While Lily searches for her missing sister, she fights against the evil that runs rampant around her, and she fights not to lose her heart to the lumber baron who turns a blind eye to the lawlessness of the lumber business.

   Where can readers find you?

I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website:

 Thank you so much for stopping by, Jody!
Psst, you should also check out her first book 

So, do you like to read historical fiction?
Leave a comment or question for Jody to be entered  for a chance to win a free, signed copy of 
The Doctor's Lady!

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Please email me at writer in waiting at gmail dot com and I will be happy to enter you in the drawing.


Jerrie Alexander said...

Great post, Jody and congratulations and many sales for The Doctor's Lady.

I write romantic suspense, and you'd think historical fiction wouldn't be my cup of tea, but I love going back into the past. The fact that you've used real figures from history is intriguing.

Jessica R. Patch said...

Great interview, Dawn and Jody!! I've just discovered how much I do love historical romance, I've missed out for so long! :)

Jody Hedlund said...

Hi Jerrie and Jessica! I tend to stick to reading one genre too! But I'm always pleasantly surprised that when I do try something else I usually enjoy it too! I guess we just need to give ourselves permission to try other genres once in a while! :-)

Anonymous said...

I have nor read any historical fiction books,so I am looking forward to reading the Doctor Lady.

Kristen said...

I love, love, love historical fiction, and I am looking forward to reading the Doctor's Lady mostly because The Preacher's Bride was so good! One thing that impresses me so much about HF is the amount of research that must go into it... So Jody, exactly how much time did you spend researching before writing the book, and how much did you research during the writing process as the need arose?


Gayle Beveridge said...

I have read The Doctor's Lady; I made myself tired reading into the early hours of the morning - I just couldn't put it down. The same was true of Jody's first book, The Preacher's Bride. I eagerly await 2012 and the next book; I'm definitely a Jody Hedlund fan.

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Jody Hedlund said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for the encouraging words! I'm thrilled to know that many of you enjoyed The Preacher's Bride! Hope that you'll find The Doctor's Lady equally enjoyable!

And Kristen, in answer to your question about research, I usually spend about 8 weeks doing research before I actually start writing. I read biographies, diaries, etc. and get a good feel for the time period. Then as I write the first draft I try not to stop to research unless I really need to. Mostly I highlight things I need to come back to, unless it's something more major that I have to know in order to continue the story. Thanks for asking! :-)

Dawn Alexander said...

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to support Jody. She is a super, sweet person and I have enjoyed getting to know her.

Please excuse the spamoney comment. That is what happens when you ask your husband to try to comment on your blog because others are having trouble.

Rhonni Russell said...

Jody serves as a great role model for all aspiring authors. She inspires me to continue in my literary pursuits. I love her honesty and admire her courage.

I loved her first book and am anxious to read The Doctor's Lady!

Teri Anne Stanley said...

Spamoney to you, too!

I had a brief moment of insanity, in which I thought I might just crank out something short and historical and got completely sucked into the history of Northern Kentucky...I didn't even realize it had a history outside of it's life as the Southern Bank of Cincinnati!

I got overwhelmed and shelved that idea, because there is SO much that I don't know...yet. But I'm absorbing it slowly...I might go back to it!

Keli Gwyn said...

Jody is a gifted writer. Yes, I realize that as her critique partner I'm rather biased, but readers agree with me. Her first two books have received rave reviews, and I'm sure her third will as well.

I've read Jody's third book in manuscript form and loved the interactions between her hunky logger hero and spunky idealistic heroine. There are some serious sparks. Since this is a Jody Hedlund story, there is a also an action-packed, page-turning plot. Her readers are in for another treat.

And the fun continues. Bethany House has contracted three more books, so readers have lots to look forward to.