I was about two-thirds done revising my first Adirondack romance. The heroine, Jenna Anderson, was a strong character with a great surrender message to tell about trusting God with fears about change and wanting to belong. Helping Jenna was her new best friend, Sheriff Carla Rowling.
The more Jenna and Carla hung out, the more I realized Carla was someone I wanted to know better. As I gave her a secondary story as a single mom who loved to “do hair” as a hobby, I had fun with her. At the time I was trying to finish the story and wasn’t thinking long term. If I needed to create a series, I figured I’d use the “bad girl” of the story, Trish Maxwell, as a lead in another story. I never dreamed Carla would get her own.
I revised this book, Entrusted, so much that I ended up re-writing the ending. I had no idea how I was going to wrap up some loose ends when it came to Jenna, Ben, and the Speculator Falls senior center. I was praying, and I have a team of ladies that pray for me. In one writing session at the laptop not only did all the loose ends come together, they gave Carla her own story. I was floored.
Fast forward, and I’m moving through 2016 as a new indie author. I’m re-branding all my writing and speaking to fit under surrender issues and my other favorite topic, chocolate. Entrusted will not only be re-released as Entrusted: Surrendering the Present, but Carla’s story will debut as Entangled: Surrendering the Past. You will see both available this spring.
Carla’s been given her dream, to leave her job as sheriff and attend cosmetology school. The gift is so overwhelming that she struggles with feeling unworthy, especially since she still feels guilty for becoming a mom as a teenager. When Wayne Peterson reenters her and their son Noah’s life, Carla creates some tangles between her and her steadfast boyfriend, the flannel-wearing, truck driver Will Marshall. Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?
I love that, when I couldn’t see beyond the page, God dropped an entire character’s history and transformational story into my laptop as I tried to finish my first novel. I hope everyone enjoys Carla’s story as much as I do.
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the upcoming re-release, Entrusted: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, Entangled: Surrendering the Past, set for a spring release. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A Walk in the Valley. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read.
She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities, “Julie Arduini: Surrender Issues and Chocolate.”