About Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew:
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew writes, loves, teaches, and urban homesteads in South Minneapolis. When she’s not chasing her gregarious daughter around the neighborhood or dancing with her partner, she’s doing her best to support the spiritual life of writers. Her books are Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir (Skinner House Books), Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir (Skinner House Books), On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness (Westview Press), and the novel, Hannah, Delivered (Koehler Books).
What inspires you to write?
I’m usually motivated to write by curiosity or longing or an intense engagement with mystery.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a strong believer in writing as a process of discovery–discovery of both the story and the self. I love the rich personal and communal engagement of writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters, but it’s not like they talk directly to me. It’s more like they have an integrity all their own, and my work is to heed that integrity and help bring it to fruition.
What advice would you give other writers?
Place yourself in the heat of your love–for writing, for stories, for characters, for questions. Let your love guide you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Writing is for me an act of communication, so I usually want to share my writing through publication as a way to engage in a bigger conversation. I always prefer to find a publisher because I have great regard for the editorial process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love that publishing is becoming more democratic–we’re getting a wider range of stories than ever before. I hope we can maintain standards for the quality of our stories as this happens.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: memoir, essay, fiction, nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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