Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Author Interview - Debut Author Jodie Dye


Today on bookaholic I am honoured to welcome debut author Jodie Dye. Welcome Jodie. It is a pleasure to have you join us today.

Thank you. I am really pleased to be here.

I am sure the readers would love to hear about you. Could you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

I am a very simple woman who loves to spend time at home with my family. I am a wife to a wonderful husband who calls me his queen. I have three beautiful children from a previous marriage, and so does my husband. So we have a nice big family, but only the 2 youngest are at home with us. My days are spent home-schooling my youngest son, who is in the 4th grade. My teenage son is attending the local public school. When I am not teaching my son, I am usually reading and writing myself. I love learning new things. I have a very peaceful home, and it has been this way for 3 years now, since I married this man.

Now if we go back about 20-30 years, my life was not simple. It was hard. I grew up without a mother, spent a lot of time on the street life, doing drugs, and getting myself into a lot of trouble. From living in my car to being in a gang, the stories are endless. Many of those stories are in my book.

Your book sounds really interesting. Can you tell the readers about it. 



My book is based on the book of Esther, and each of the characters in that book has a common thread that weaves into mine. After getting to know them a little better, we can trust that the specialist who ordered the beauty treatments knows what he is doing. There are twelve beauty treatments that I myself have received and have changed my life. The beauty treatments that I refer to are for the inner man. They are for the spiritually minded.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book?

After a heartbreaking end to a relationship I deeply desired, my heart was open for what God wanted for me. God spoke to me in the middle of the night (as you would hear a melody in your mind) that he wanted me to remain unavailable for one whole year for any dating relationships. He wanted me to prepare my heart for Him, just like Esther in the Bible prepared for King Xerxes. She prepared with beauty treatments and special food for 12 months before she even met the king. So I heeded the call and committed to prepare my heart by studying the book of Esther in depth. I fasted from food every other day for the entire food so that I received spirit led, spirit fed food that would change my life forever.


Your Christian faith is obviously a very real part of you. How does that blend with your writing?

YES my Christian faith is so very much a part of who I am and what I write about. If it weren’t for the testimony of what Jesus did for me at the cross, then I would not have a testimony to share. I would have ended up in prison or I would have died never knowing the life I could have in Him. So in everything I write about I hope to give God the glory for what He has done for me. He pulled me out of darkness, and He forgave me for all my sins, and put me on a new path that gave me a Hope and a radiant beauty that only He could give…oh there is just so much He has done.


When you are not writing what types of books do you read? What would you say was the best book you have ever read?

I love to read Christian fiction books that have a great story line of real life situations and non-fiction books that help me to grow spiritually. The best book that I have ever read would seriously have to be the Bible. I can say that because I read it almost everyday and I have been reading it for over 20 years and it still speaks to me. I find new treasures in it all the time. I love the Bible so much!


Have you any other books in the pipeline?

Yes I do! I am working on a workbook for Beauty Treatments, so that people can do as a church bible study.

I am also finishing up my second book called Special Food because Esther not only received beauty treatments but also special food. So they will go hand in hand. The Special Food book is almost done, and it is packed with inspirational ingredients and righteous recipes to increase ones hunger for God’s Word.

Then I will be working on my third book called, The Cluttered Castle, all of my books have a royal theme from the book of Esther.


As a new writer what would be your number one piece of advice to other new writers? 

If writing is what you like to do, then do it with your whole heart. Give yourself the quiet time to develop the new skill. Keep a journal and write down everything you think is a new idea for you, because chances are, it will also be a new idea to someone else. And one more thing, “Don’t be afraid to be YOU in your writing!”


Now we are going to get personal. What would you say is your favourite food?

My favourite food is anything Mexican. I love tacos, burritos, beans, rice, avocados, cheese, and sour cream; hmmm this is making me hungry just thinking about it. I know I what I am eating for dinner tonight. J


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, cuddling up to my man and watching a good movie, playing scrabble with my son, taking long baths with candlelight and chatting with friends on social media sites or the phone. I enjoy the outdoors in warm weather. I enjoy going to my church. I really do enjoy a lot of things.

My Amazon link US:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1936578638/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

My Amazon link UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Treatments-Jodie-Dye/dp/1936578638/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382985796&sr=1-1&keywords=beauty+treatments+jodie+dye

My youtube video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=D162si95hwQ

My facebook author page:
https://www.facebook.com/innerbeautytreatments

My website:
http://www.innerbeautytreatments.com/

My twitter account:
https://twitter.com/JodieDye1

My goodreads author page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7217221.Jodie_Dye

Wow Jodie. You have certainly had a fascinating life. I am really looking forward to reading your book, as I am sure are all Bookaholic readers. Thank you for taking time out of your hectic writing schedule to be with us today. 

That's us again Bookaholic's. Remember to grab a good book and keep reading. I will be back with you all again soon.

4 comments:

  1. Christen Fiction. Ive been trying to figure what catagories those particular books would be housed in the library.

    And just to mention, your list of getting in touch with your writing, through the channels listed above.

    Im a supposed writer. Im have to write to keep listed on google search engines.

    I like your extended web page here.


    Plus me if you see me here?

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    1. Thank you Jake. I will certainly look out for you on Google+.

      Wendy

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