What secrets are hidden inside the armoire?
Maxine, a psychology major from Wisconsin, has always wondered what her grandmother kept locked away in her armoire. But when she inherits it, Maxine unlocks something divine and wonderful that’s to lead her to the answer of her life’s biggest question – what is my purpose? She embarks on a journey that opens her eyes, opens her heart, and lights a fire in her soul. She’s shown things that people only dream of, as well as the things of nightmares. Inspired, Maxine sets her life on a new course, but life comes with pain, just as it does joy. Shaken by a devastating discovery, she has to learn to trust God to go where she cannot and protect who she cannot. Will she be able to stay the course, or will the discovery be too much for her to bear?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Ione Joy whose book The Armoire compelled and thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love mystery and suspense but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Ione Joy, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Ione Joy will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Ione Joy!
I’m a wife, mom, INFJ, IT professional, and newly published author – oh, and a coffee lover. Can’t forget that, my goodness, no. I call the Chicago suburbs my home. A few years ago, I got the itch to write. Not sure why, I wasn’t a huge reader, but I couldn’t shake being drawn to it, no matter how long I put it off. I started taking writing classes and that’s when I found ‘it’, you know, that thing you discover you were meant to do. I took several classes, but fell in love with fiction writing.
I’ve been a Christian since I was a kid and felt strongly drawn to write on that topic. If God gave me some talent, I wanted to use it for Him. So, from there came “The Armoire”. I plan to continue to write what I feel He leads me to, and I hope it will bring some light to someone who needs it.
Now, how wonderful does Ione Joy sound?! Ione Joy is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Ione Joy ‘s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Ione Joy, I hope that you enjoy Ione Joy’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
Thank you so much for having me, Aimee. It’s a pleasure. Well, I live in the Chicago suburbs, born and raised. I’m a wife and mom of 2 wonderful boys. I work in IT by day, and my first Christian fiction book, ‘The Armoire’, was published in August of 2017.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
It’s about college aged girl from Wisconsin, who loses her best friend, her grandmother. She inherits her armoire, that’s always been kept locked. When she opens it, she discovers something divine that leads her to the answer of her biggest question – “what is my purpose?” The book takes a lot of twists and turns, as she’s shown things that will shape her future, as well as others around her.
The initial idea for this book came from a writing class assignment. We had to choose an object in the room we were sitting in and just start writing about it. I happened to be sitting on my bed, and we have an armoire in our bedroom. But once I got started, I just went with what inspired me, and that was wanting to make a difference.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
To not be discouraged and don’t forget to enjoy the journey. In the beginning ofmy journey, I felt like it would just be the end-all-be-all to get published, and to be honest, it felt pretty good when it happened, but I’ve come to realize that using my God given talents for his glory is really the end-all-be-all. I can’t describe the immense joy and satisfaction I get when I’m knee deep into a story. Having a publisher have enough faith in your book to publish is an accomplishment, but I’d keep writing either way, because I know the desire to write was put in me for a reason, and I trust His plan, whatever it is.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Wow, what a good question. I love being inspired. Nothing effects me quite as much as finishing a story (be it a book or movie) and feeling the positive effects from it stay with me for days. It makes me feel like it made a difference, like I could make a difference.
What is your writing process like?
I’ve found that when I’m writing about something that inspires me, there’s no shortage of ideas. From writing classes I’ve taken, I learned a trick that helps combat writers block or when you don’t know where to start, and that’s just to sit down and start writing! Don’t overthink it, just go. I’ve made that a practice for myself, and have found that gives me at least a foundation to work with, that I can either tweak, or it will lead me into directions I hadn’t thought of before, which is always a nice surprise. The creative process is so much fun.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
It’s a combination of sticking to a schedule and answering when inspiration calls. There are times where tons of ideas to progress the story pop into my head and I’ll take to the computer for an hour or so to get those going and plan them into the plot, but mostly I set goals for how many pages a week to write and check the weeks off as it goes along. As I move forward, the ideas usually flow pretty easily. It feels great seeing the goal come closer and closer. I’d like to say it’s a lot more poetic looking like pulling all-nighters when inspiration hits, but in reality, most writers have day time jobs and many have families, so it’s really finding consistent amounts of time to do it around other priorities in our lives. And really, for me, it works out just fine. I don’t lose out on quality time with my family, and still get to do what I love.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I’m not a huge reader, though I’ve done my fair share of it. ‘The Shack’ and ‘The Left Behind’ series are my favorites, and of course, the Bible. I was several books into ‘The Left Behind’ series, then my husband I began a family. Reading for fun went bye-bye for quite a while, but that series is on my list to finish – someday soon, I hope.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I’m working on a sequel to ‘The Armoire’ now and am anticipating it to be available by early/mid year 2019. I have some ideas for turning it into a series, as well.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Ione Joy! If you have liked what you have read about Ione Joy and are interested in learning more about Ione Joy and reading Ione Joys work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,