About Jacqie D'Bach:
I am an ordinary girl who loves Jesus. I have always loved to draw, and scribble in a journal. I started writing about my passions, my thoughts, and curious wondering as a teenager. In fact, as a young girl, I created a cartoon character named Chuckles. He was a dog who looked a lot like Snoopy from the famous Peanuts cartoon. I have always been a fan.
I believe in my heart that when we nourish on God's Word we begin to flourish, like the mustard seed shooting out branches for others to find shade. Mark 4:30-34.
I finally decided to be intentional about the gifts God gave me. I decided to publish my work with a mission to encourage children and parents one book at a time.
My roots are in Ohio, born and raised and I currently live there with my family.
What inspires you to write?
I have always loved to write. Many things prompt me to write. I am in awe of God's creation. The biggest inspiration for my Sedwik book series has been my nephew, Ethan. He loves books and enjoys reading very much. I wanted to create a story that would capture his attention and at the same time draw him into a better understanding of God's love for him. As I began to see the story unfold, I knew that this was a message not only for my nephew, but for everyone.
I was also motivated to write about a character that would experience the same issues that our children face everyday, such as bullying. My daughter and son both had to deal with bullies growing up and I wanted to show children how that effects us and that Jesus cares about all the things that we face in life.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
While I am writing, I sometimes ask my characters questions like, "What would you do?" or "Do you like….?"
My favorite author as a child was Beverly Cleary. I just loved her Ramona series. As an adult, I rarely read fiction except to my nephews. My favorite author as an adult is Best selling author Terri Savelle Foy, who primarily writes about turning your dreams into reality. This has been very helpful to push me to the next level in writing and speaking.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am mostly a seat of my pants writer, but I also outline in my mind. The mind mapping process has been quite helpful for me. I generally have a basic idea about the main character months before I actually put pen to paper and yes, I still prefer to write with a pencil and paper.
As an illustrator as well, I often draw a rough idea of my main character after the first chapter. I like to look them in the eye as I am writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do talk to my characters a little bit. Sometimes out loud, even. It helps me bring out their personality.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can give is to just keep writing. The more we write, the better our mind flows. Stop procrastinating and just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I really wanted to get my message out there for children and it is a shot in the dark to get the attention of a traditional publisher. I started researching assisted self-publishing and then found Chandler Bolt's self publishing school. I am so thankful for all the help and guidance from those courses.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the sky is the limit. With all the resources out there today to help, anyone can write and publish quality work.
What genres do you write?: I write in Children's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry,
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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