Featured Interview With Jo Ann V. Glim
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on the island of Fidalgo in a town called Anacortes, Washington. It was an amazing place to spend a childhood in the 1950s. Today, my husband and I live on the Suncoast of Florida (gulf side). Both communities “live the outdoors,” considering both are surrounded by water and beach style living. A portion of the book, Begotten With Love” is set in Anacortes.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was about 9 years old when I discovered a book about Amelia Earhart. From that point on, I was hooked on reading adventures about real people.
I was always scribbling notes about something and being an only child, I had a head full of characters. The one that got me in trouble was the church mouse family I imagined during Sunday service. I think it was the giggling that caught me a “Mom talk” that afternoon.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
There are the established writers like McCullough (John Adams) and Indie writers like children’s author Mariana Llanos (Tristan Wolfe series and her latest “Staircase on Elm Street”) that have recently become favorite reads for me.
I love biographies and memoirs; adventures and history but I also like fiction: Dune, Harry Potter, The Hobbit. When I need to unwind, I prefer something lighthearted. Right now, I’m following a series of liturgical murder mysteries set in North Carolina where the sheriff is also the church choir director. My favorite so far, “The Tenor Wore Tweed.” Still laughing.
As far as my own writing goes, I am inspired by our ancestors. Their courage and faith to leave everything: family, fortune, and homeland, to follow the dream of a better life not only for themselves but for us leaves me in awe. They truly understood the meaning of American ingenuity and lived it.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“Begotten With Love” is a sometime turbulent, sometime rollicking true story spanning one hundred fifty years of American history and five generations of family. It’s based on 30 years of genealogical and historical research and brings to life each generation letting the reader live the experiences as the characters and plots unfold. As one of our fan’s put it, “It reads like fiction, but it’s not.”
Following is a portion of a critique I received from Writer’s Digest. “The author does a great job in capturing time, place, and character, with enough history thrown in to help readers place themselves in time. The book is nicely written, and the hard work the author did both with her research and getting the book just right shows . . .” Excerpted from the commentary — Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
I also received very exciting news last week. “Begotten With Love” is a finalist in the Florida Writers Association 2014 Royal Palm Awards competition. The outcome has already been determined, however we won’t know the outcome until the banquet in October. Very excited to just enjoy the moment.
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