Can I be in your Shelfie?

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?

  1. 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.
  2. A chilly Christmas tale that forces an uncoordinated faithless female protagonist to face off with villains from old Christmas legends.
  3. 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?”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!!)!

  5. 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?

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