Monday, July 21, 2014

Interviewing J. Spredemann! {Day 2 of the J.E.B. Spredemann Week!}

Welcome to J.E.B. Spredemann Week! We here at BFCG will be reviewing the first four books in the “Amish Girls” series, interviewing all three authors, and having a surprise on Saturday! This will be a crazy fun week! :D


Welcome to Day 2 of the J.E.B. Spredemann week! Today we’ll be interviewing the ‘J’ in J.E.B Spredemann…Miss Jennifer Spredemann!


Here’s something y’all might not know about the author of the “Amish Girls” series, J.E.B. Spredemann; It’s actually three authors! A Mother, Jennifer, and her Teen daughters, Emily (age 17) & Brandi (age 14)! How cool is that?! We reviewed Book #1 in their “Amish Girls” series yesterday {Click Here! To see it!} and will be doing a whole WEEK of J.E.B. Spredemann! We here at BFCG will be reviewing the first four books in the “Amish Girls” series, interviewing all three authors and having a surprise on Saturday! This will be a crazy fun week! :D

Let’s talk to the ‘J’ in J.E.B. Spredemann…Miss Jennifer Spredemann!

BCFG-  Welcome, Miss Jennifer! Thank you for letting Books for Christian Girls Interview you! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Miss Jennifer- It’s great to be here! Thank you, Lindsey, for giving us the opportunity to share our lives with our wonderful readers.
About me - I’m 40! Yes, I did just admit that. (Sigh. Oh well, that much closer to Heaven!) I have a wonderful husband of nineteen years and six awesome children. And, of course, I have the most magnificent Heavenly Father, the Creator of the universe! (Btw, did you know that the word ‘universe’ means ‘single, spoken sentence’? God said, “Let there be…”)
Oh yeah, and I love dark chocolate, preferably Ghirardelli or Lindt truffles.

BFCG-   When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Miss Jennifer- I’d dreamt of the idea in high school. That’s when I began writing my first romance. I have no idea what ever happened to that manuscript, but it wasn’t finished. I think I only had about ten pages, but that was more than I’d ever written previously. I’ve always loved writing. I’d written some short stories in junior high. Those were fun! But becoming an author and actually writing something that people enjoy reading – that was just a dream. Now I guess you could say it’s a dream come true! God is good. :)

BFCG-   Whose idea was it to write all together?
Miss Jennifer- I think it was mine.

BFCG-   Do y’all ever have different thoughts on how the plot should go? Has there ever been a three-way-tie?
Miss Jennifer- Not really. We usually just made it up as we went along, which is characteristic of my writing process. I never know exactly how my book will progress. I start with an idea, then pray, and set my fingers to the keyboard. If I wait until I had a whole book outlined, I’d never get anything written. I believe in the creative process and realize that every writer’s style is not the same.

BFCG-   What’s your favorite thing about writing with your daughters, Emily & Brandi?
Miss Jennifer- We have a lot of fun. I love to see them come up with their own ideas. And I love seeing the satisfaction a completed book would bring. Good reviews from satisfied readers are a bonus. Bad reviews help us learn and grow.

BFCG-   What is your favorite memory from writing the “Amish Girls” series?
Miss Jennifer- I think my favorite memory is reading the manuscripts to all the children after we were finished. It was invigorating to see the children enjoy something written by their sisters and mom. Even though it’s called the Amish Girls Series, there’s enough mischief in there to satisfy the boys too. 

BFCG-   Who was your favorite {girl} character to write about? I think I enjoyed reading about Susanna the most!
Miss Jennifer- Chloe. The emotions she experiences are what I went through after breaking up with my first boyfriend (fiancé) at fifteen. (Yes, fifteen! Yikes.) I could totally relate to her.

BFCG- Why did y’all choose to write about the Amish? {Not that I’m complaining! I adore reading about the Amish!}
Miss Jennifer- I love to read Amish fiction, so naturally that was my first choice. Although, I have been pondering Contemporary Christian Romance…but I don’t think I’ll ever give up writing about the Amish. I admire a lot of things the Amish stand for, although I don’t agree with some their beliefs.

BFCG-   Is there an author who writes Amish Fiction you look up to?
Miss Jennifer- My two favorite Amish fiction authors are Cindy Woodsmall (for emotion) and Kelly Long (for romance).

BFCG-   Do you have a favorite Scripture?
Miss Jennifer- Not one, many. My life verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” And my heart’s cry is Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” I love the book of Romans especially.      

BFCG-   What do you like to do in your free time?
Miss Jennifer- I like to enjoy the weather, read, and spend time with family and friends.

BFCG-   Have you ever been out of the country? If not, where would you go if you could?
Miss Jennifer- I’ve been to Canada and Mexico. I’d like to tour the Holy Land someday and go to Brazil and meet my husband’s family.

BFCG-   Can you give us a hint about anything new y’all are working on?
Miss Jennifer- We have an Amish Girls Christmas book coming out this year. I have another ‘Amish Fairly Tale’ (fairy tales, Amish style) in mind for this year, and I’m currently working on the third (and maybe final) book in the Amish Secrets Series, called A Secret of the Heart. The book I’m working on is definitely geared toward adults, as the subject matter is mature in nature. With that said, even though I’m tackling some difficult subjects in this series, they are Christian and as clean as I can possibly write them to make the story believable and understandable. I’m not into reading or writing trash, but the story does need to be real and heartfelt in order to resonate with the readers. 

A few This, That Or? questions-
Pink, Purple or Blue? May I say green? If not, my second choice is blue.
Cats, Dogs or Birds? Cats.
Snow, Beach, or the country? Beach, preferably an empty one without half-naked people. Although I choose to live in and LOVE the country.
Call, Text or E-mail? Definitely NOT call! Probably email, because auto-correct doesn’t mess up everything you’re trying to write and you can actually see what you’re writing.
Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest? Facebook
Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream? Chocolate or vanilla

Thank you so much Miss Jennifer for letting us interview you! Our Readers can follow y’all on: Your Website, Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Google +, and LinkedIn

So far we’ve reviewed book #1 in the “Amish Girls” series, “Joanna’s Struggle”, and we’ll see y’all tomorrow with a review of book #2, “Danika’s Journey”! :)

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