Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novellas, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her other latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to opt in to her content full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
How did you become a writer?
My writing journey has twists and turns, but overall, it’s the call on my life. I was always writing little stories in school. I joined yearbook and was known in high school for all things writing. However, in college, writing was all academic. I didn’t have time or energy to write fiction. I missed it. In my single years, I was completely inspired and a new Christian, so I wrote a lot of romances. They weren’t good, but I had so much fun writing them. I felt complete. Marriage and parenthood took over, and writing took a backseat for a long time. When there was an opportunity to join Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS, and their publicity team, it felt so right and ignited a spark to write more. During a service I felt God ask me if I was willing to let my MOPS writing go and trust Him. I obeyed, completed the Christian Writers Guild, started submitting weekly challenges to FaithWriters, and received a request to allow one of my writings in an anthology. Today I write through Surrendered Scribe Media with the goal of encouraging readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate.
Why do you write Christian Fiction?
I write Christian fiction because I love reading Christian fiction. I’m an introvert that spends a lot of time praying for others, but I’m light-hearted as well. I love to be entertained. Writing fiction is where God has me, and I believe it gives a balance to who I am and how God can use me. If I can entertain readers and yet share a life-changing message on surrender, I’m blessed to have the opportunity.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
There are so many weird trivia aspects to me, but one is that I can usually guess the date of when movies and songs came out. I remember a lot of zip codes that I’ve used in Upstate NY. Yet I struggle with Bible memorization. Go figure!
Wow! I’m impressed with your memory, Julie. Thanks for visiting us today.