Joanne is one of my favorite authors. I’ve followed her work from her first book, Be Still My Soul. Her writing is one of the best I’ve encountered as a reader. So far, I don’t know anyone who’s regretted reading her book. (You can read the TBAP review of her most recent work, This Quiet Sky, here.) This beauty doesn’t stop in her work. Joanne is one of the nicest people I’ve ‘met.’ She’s very sweet and giving! Please, get to know this awesome lady by following our chat below!
Miranda ~ Hello Joanne! So pleased to have you visit To Be A Person on Christmas day! Could you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Joanne: It’s a pleasure to be here! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas! I’m a mom of three and a wife to my best friend and hubby of ten years. We live in the mountains of Southern California and when I’m not hanging out with him and the kiddos, I’m usually writing!
Miranda ~ Your blog centers on your home. What is a typical day for you like? Do you still have those special days of the week/month where you go all by yourself to write with music/earphones in your ears?
Joanne: I homeschool our three children, so a typical day starts with them jumping on me long before I’m ready to wake up! Then we dive into breakfast and schoolwork. In the afternoons, I get some writing done and that’s sort of my quiet time. I almost always have headphones in. I write to music and it’s one of my biggest inspirations.
Miranda: Could you please tell us your redemption story? What led you to decide to make Jesus your personal Lord and Savior, and then decide to write and dedicate your career to Him?
Joanne: My redemption story is quiet in the sense that it’s not a very exciting tale—I always remember being a Christian from a very young age, but what isn’t a boring part of the story, is that like all others who accept him, Christ came to my rescue and it’s because of Him that I have life.
Miranda: What are your hobbies—those things that are most fun for you to do?
Joanne: Aside from writing, my favorite hobbies are listening to music, going on adventures with my family and reading.
Miranda: Your stories center on hope and redemption. What led you to have a heart for these themes? Are they specifically what you hope to portray through all your stories/books, or will your themes be diverse?
Joanne: My husband was saved a few years back. Seeing the huge heart transformation that Christ worked in him made my walk with the Lord stronger and led me to want to write stories that tackle tough subjects and strong heart-journeys.
Miranda: The characters in your books are remarkable and unforgettable—I can’t get the Cadence of Grace characters out of my head! How do you select them? Do the stories pick them or it’s the other way around?
Joanne: Why thank you! That means a lot to me! The stories always pick themselves and often take me by surprise. I find though, that whatever story I’m working on in any given point has a hidden lesson that the Lord knew I needed to learn.
Miranda: Your books have received several nominations/awards; how do these achievements encourage your faith and walk with God? What is/are the lesson(s) you’ve learned on your journey as a writer?
Joanne: That’s a great question. While those instances are always times of rejoicing, I think that it’s not so much the winning or receiving of awards that encourage my faith in God, but the not receiving of them. It’s the downs, uncertainties and unknowns that have us looking to Christ the most, I believe, and trusting in His strength and wisdom with each step of our lives.
Miranda: This Quiet Sky is the latest from you. What next should we expect from you?—A sneak peek please? *winking*
Joanne: I have a whole stack of stories awaiting publication and while I’m not sure what will come next, I do believe that I’ll have at least one or two release next year. And as for a sneak peek…I’ll share that what I’m writing right now is actually another novella and my very first contemporary that I hope to have out for readers sometime next year. I’m really excited about it!
Me: What Christmas message do you have for your readers, as well as writers, and the rest of the world today? What do you hope they remember and keep in their hearts always, about Christmas?
Joanne: The very first thing that comes to mind is a blog post I wrote a few years back. It was Christmas time, we had a new baby, and my husband was hospitalized. It was quite an emotional season and I wrote about it as a testimony to the true meaning of Christmas.
THIS OR THAT (The Fun Questions!)
Christmas or Easter? Both!
Christmas Songs or Christmas movies? Christmas songs!
Snowman or Snowballs? Snowman.
Sweater or Parka? This California girl would say sweater.
Christmas shopping or Thanksgiving shopping? Christmas shopping.
Coffee or Tea? Tea, but coffee is a close second.
Mocha or Cider? Ooh, cider!
Snow or Rain? SNOW!!! (did I mention living in California, yet? 😉 )
Cakes or Bread? Bread…especially sweet bread.
Gift-opening or Gift-wrapping? Is this a trick question? 😉
Carol singing or Carol-listening? Singing all the way.
Thank you, Joanne, for stopping by today! A Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Christy Award-finalist and author of Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is Torn, Joanne Bischof, has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and writing stories that shine light on God’s grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, folk music, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.