Straight up, I have a lot of books. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to many of you. At Christmas, most of my presents are fresh printer-and-ink-smelling rectangles in tacky Christmas wrap, simply because I make it easy for my husband to guess what I want by constantly adding a pile of Marissa Meyer, Veronica Roth, Marie Lu, Lindsay Cummings, Kate Quinn, and Kiera Cass volumes to my Amazon Wishlist, along with the random other authors I decide to obsess over. And don’t even get me started on my Bill Johnson collection.
With technology and self-checkout robots dominating society, I’m relieved that real books with paper pages are still a thing. Gone are the days where Christmas shopping was as easy as purchasing a CD, or a DVD that you knew someone liked. Now with Spotify and Netflix, who needs stuff like that?
And now here comes Kindles and e-books, rising up from the guts of the literary world with its robot tentacles to scoop up as many of us as they can. Some people love reading on a Kindle or their phone, and I’m sure that’s where the future is headed. But it’s just not my thing.
Don’t go dying on me book-lovers. We need our libraries to live on!
In the midst of the buzzing technology that runs this world, I find my happiest place is still sitting by the window in a plush chair, with a cup of something only slightly less hot than burn-your-mouth temperature, with all the other sounds turned off, holding open a book and getting lost in a great story. And since moments of rest are sort of God’s thing, something He holds high on the list of valuable things for your life, I hope some day I can be responsible for the story that brings someone else into a place of peace.
Because, really. After all these years of raising babies, it’s about time I kick-start my writing career, wouldn’t you say? I’ve been telling stories since I was a little girl, and now that I have kids of my own I want them to go on adventures and live a life with all the magic of getting carried away into other worlds. So please pray for me, friends! Shoot one into the air right now if you can. I need all the faith-fuel I can get as I start to send proposals to literary agencies. And you can bet your buttocks I’ll keep you in the loop as much as I can!
Now tell me, what kind of story would you want to read about?
- Parallel universes on the brink of war with a psychologically unstable (but hilarious) female lead that has totally fallen head-over-heels for a guy who hates her guts.
- A chilly Christmas tale that forces an uncoordinated faithless female protagonist to face off with villains from old Christmas legends.
- A fairy-tale retelling with a twist that pits two sisters against each other in a dangerous competition to hunt down the greatest threats their historians have ever recorded.
Let me know! I’m sharpening my pencils to take notes…
16 thoughts on “Can I be in your Shelfie?”
I love this idea! My friend and I are trying to read 100 books in a year. I would love to have your books in that collection! Your writing is very captivating. While I was reading what you wrote I thought of myself in the fall cuddled up with a blanket, tea and one of your books! That definitely would bring me lots of peace!! Please let me know when your book is available! I also would love the second option. A Christmas book with dealing with the past and going towards a brighter future!
Yes and amen! I do enjoy a good book for traveling…but somehow also always bring at least one physical book, dashing my own argument that I can “pack lighter” with a Kindle. Haha
Honestly, I would read anything you write, Jen! But the first story piqued my interest the most.
So proud of the way you are chasing this dream!
Thanks! Physical books are just nice to pull out on vacation.:)
Oh Jen, I do love your creative mind and will pick up one of your stories to read!! It’s always an adventure I love to travel on while driving along or sitting in my favourite couch!! Let your imagination flow Jen!!!
Thank you, Donna!
Well option 1, obvs.
I would pick an actual paper book any day also! Have fun writing!
Thanks a mill!
I like the idea of a psychologically unstable & hilarious female main character. 😉
Sounds like a story about me hahahaha
Ha! Love it.
I also love to hold a physical book in my hands while I read. And I’d read anything you write but I’m into the Christmas story idea (and since I’ve already gotten a glimpse, at least at the first book, I’d like to finish the series!!)!
I would read anything you write Jen! I’ve always loved your blogs. You are a gifted writer. How about all three books in a trilogy?
I mean, it would be a pretty unusual trilogy, but hey, why not?