Interview with Award Winning Author Nan JonesWritten by Nancy LaPointe
Recent Book Release:
Perils of a Pastor's Wife...Available Now
1. Nan, please tell us about yourself.
I live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina (Ashe County) about10 minutes from Virginia and about 20 minutes from Tennessee. My home is a farmhouse built in 1895 with a much loved wrap-around porch, complete with rocking chairs and porch swing, that replenishes my spirit when I feel worn. I have three adult children in their late 20s and one grandchild. Talk about joy! I love the dynamics that occur in a parent-adult child relationship. Watching the fruit of my labor sweeten the world around them is a delight of my heart. My simple country home wouldn't be complete without my Mastiff, Blue - a 125 lb. hunk of love and two country cats. When I'm not writing or preparing messages for my speaking ministry, you'll find me gardening, crocheting, reading or sharing a cup of coffee with a friend.
2. Tell us about The Perils of a Pastor's Wife. What inspired you to write it? Where did you get the ideas for it?
I served as a pastor's wife for 31 years. These were some of the most fulfilling and rewarding years of my life. These years were also some of the most trying—not necessarily because of the people, but because of the spiritual battle that raged. Our lives could be turned upside down as quickly as the wind changes in a storm. A pastor's wife knows what it is to feel completely alone in the middle of a crowd. We are known to have trust issues—wondering who we can really be ourselves with and share our hearts with when we're troubled. Rejection is another deep-seeded hurt that most folks don’t think about when they consider the lives of pastors and their wives. We love our church people like they are family. When we are asked to leave or voted out because of the annual confidence vote it's like going through a divorce. The pain is unbearable. But most people don't think about that. I knew that other pastors' wives needed to know that they were not alone in their struggles and that someone understood what they were going through. The Lord has taught me so much through this journey of service to Him—lessons of His faithfulness, lessons of His pleasure in obedient hearts, and lessons of finding shelter beneath the shadow of His Wing. I am so thankful He asked me to share this with His girls.
3. When did your book come out, and where can readers find it?
The Perils of a Pastor's Wife was released on June 30th. You can find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
4. What distinguishes your book from others?
I believe my conversational tone sets it apart from other non-fiction works. I don't enjoy a non-fiction book that reads like a lecture. I wanted my reader to feel as though we are sitting together enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation. It's written with raw emotion—no fluff—as I address the struggles of ministry. I wanted my reader to know that I fully understand her heart.
5.What would you like your readers to take away from your book? What emotions and thoughts do you hope to invoke?
The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is written with raw, authentic emotion because I want the reader to realize that I too, have experienced exactly what she has. Reliving the pain was difficult, but necessary to make a difference in the lives of others. My heart's cry is that the pastor's wife will realize she is not alone—that someone understands how she feels. I want her to walk away from this book with renewed confidence in her calling, with healing deep in her wounded spirit, and the realization that in her darkest moments God was with her—He is faithful.
6. Are you planning a sequel, or another book?
Yes! I'm working on another non-fiction piece tentatively called SEEING BEYOND THE VEIL: Finding the Nearness of God When You Need Him the Most. It's all about learning to look for the evidence of God in our lives. You know, we tend to think that when we're going through a difficult time God has abandoned us. Through my own sorrows I've learned deep in my knower that during my darkest moments, that's when the Lord is closest—He is drawn to our pain. But I must open my eyes to see Him. That's the veil I'm referring to, not the veil in the temple that separated God's people from Him—the one that was torn in two when Jesus died. No, I'm referring to the veil that separates our physical world from the spiritual world. The Lord promised to be with us always, but we often fail to see Him, especially when we need Him the most. Seeing Beyond the Veil will teach the reader how to open her eyes to see Him, and in the seeing, the child of God learns the very essence of who He is. I've recently started a facebook community page by the same name, Seeing Beyond the Veil. I get carried away when I speak about this because I love to share lessons learned, so I'm sorry I rambled. Suffice it to say that I'm very excited about sharing what the Lord has shown me about His faithfulness and His Presence surrounding us always. There will be a bible study for small groups by the same name to follow, so stay tuned.
7. What genre do you place your book in?
8. How did you publish? Are you independent or do you have a publisher? How did you decide to publish?
I am with a small, traditional publisher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Lighthouse delights in giving new voices a chance to be heard—I love that. How many great voices, messages, and stories have been neglected because the author didn't have an agent or couldn't afford to attend a large writer's conference to meet face to face? Lighthouse is a branch of Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us). They host a small conference in Black Mountain, NC at Billy Graham's, The Cove every February called Writer's Advance Boot Camp. It's a great place to begin a publishing journey. The conference averages 100 people and costs less than $250 for lodging, food, and conference fees. That's where I met Eddie Jones, my publisher. I was actually the first recipient of their Badge of Honor book writing contest.
9. What's your marketing plan? Do you use social media to help you? Do you have any ideas for marketing that you'd like to share? Author
tips to share?
Marketing is a big deal to authors today. Because I'm with a small publishing house, I'm responsible for 80% of my marketing. Even in a larger house, the author must help market and must show their willingness and ability to do so on their proposal. It's a big deal. I recommend that, instead of coming to the table kicking and screaming, lift your hand toward heaven and ask the Lord to take hold and lead you down this difficult path. And He will. Self-promotion is very, very hard for me. I don't enjoy the limelight and I want my writing to be about the Lord, not me. Most of us feel that way. But, I've learned that if I truly believe He has given me a message (and He has), then He expects me to get that message into the hands of His children who need it. That requires marketing. That requires studying how to market. That requires networking with marketers and other authors and industry professionals where you can glean from their expertise. A book that helped me tremendously is Rob Eager's, Sell Your Book Like Wildfire. I've read it three times! He also has a newsletter chocked full of information.
Social media is mandatory for authors. Any potential publisher is going to google your name and see if you have an online presence. I don't enjoy all- things technology (I'm 60 years old) and I'd be just fine without a computer—give me a child, a crayon, and a book any day, but again I've had to surrender my will and my frustrations to the One who has given me a message for His children. The way I handle this is to try to be relational in all of it, even on Twitter. I have met some amazing people on Twitter. We offer each other prayer support and encouragement, yet Twitter doesn't consume me like facebook does. On facebook I've learned to draw boundaries so that my life is not lived out on a digital screen. My go-to blog to learn about social media is Edie Melson's, The Write Conversation. Everything I know about social media, Edie has pretty much taught me. I highly recommend her blog. If you're just beginning this crazy journey, I recommend that you read Marlene Bagnull's book, Write His Answer. That was the first writing book I read and my heart travels back to its pages often. Marlene taught me to listen to what the Lord is saying to me as I stare at an empty screen or an empty page. She taught me how to understand that my writing belongs to Him, to commit it to Him, and trust Him with the outcome—that the outcome is wonderful whether it's to an audience of one or to the readers of a best seller. It's all good, because it's God's plan, not mine.
10. What other links would you like me to post (author page, website, facebook, twitter, etc.)?
blog, Morning Glory: mailto:http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/
facebook: Nan Trammell Jones
facebook community page: Seeing Beyond the Veil
For Speaking Engagements: Women's Ministry
To purchase The Perils of a Pastor's Wife: Amazon
To purchase The Perils of a Pastor's Wife: Barnes and Noble
11. Do you give permission for people to contact you? if so please
include your email address or other contact information.
Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist
fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour.
Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for
Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence.
She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online
inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. When Nan
is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing
God’s love as keynote speaker for special events.
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