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A Chat with Author Jane Daly

Jane Daly
Jane Daly

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! It’s a treat for me to interview today’s author, Jane Daly. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Jane over the years at numerous writers’ conferences, and I love her sense of humor. Jane has written several nonfiction books, and now her first novel is debuting! And…I got to read the first few chapters, and it’s GOOD!!!

Welcome, Jane! Please tell us about your amazing new book, The Girl in the Cardboard Box.

The Girl in the Cardboard Box by Jane Daly
The Girl in the Cardboard Box by Jane Daly

A young girl is found huddled in a cardboard box in a homeless camp. She doesn’t speak and appears feral. Placed in the affluent home of Hayley and Jason Montgomery, she begins to flourish. But will Hayley and Jason’s secrets ruin the appearance of their perfect marriage, and threaten the girl’s newfound security?

With such an intriguing concept, what inspired the idea?

I had a vivid dream about this child wandering alone and surviving in a homeless camp. When I began writing, I placed the girl with Hayley, who seemed on the outside to have it all together, but in reality was a hot mess. She thinks she has to somehow get God’s forgiveness by taking in difficult foster children.

Why did you write this book?

Christian women who have had an abortion in their past suffer from tremendous guilt. Hayley represents those women. Hayley thinks God caused her toddler to die in a hit-and-run as punishment for her abortion. Now she has to earn back His favor. She discovers that God doesn’t work like that.

I’m glad you wrote about this common misconception—one that’s so easy for all of us to fall into. Is there a message you hope readers will take away from this book?

God is merciful and has already dealt with ALL sin, even abortion. His grace is all-sufficient.

Such an important message! How has God used this in your own life?

After my son died, I had to stop and make sure I knew God didn’t take him because of an abortion I had when I was seventeen.

I can tell this story comes from a place of both knowledge and compassion. What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

Writing this was like giving birth to a twelve-pound baby. It took me over three years to write. I had to delve into my own beliefs about God, the sanctity of life, and my views about other women who have made that difficult decision.

What’s your favorite scene in this book?

My favorite scene is where the girl inhales an entire bowl of banana chocolate dessert, provided by Hayley’s neighbor Zola, and promptly vomits it all over Hayley’s shirt.

I had a hunch your sense of humor would come out somehow! What themes do you return to again and again in your writing?

Redemption, redemption, redemption. No one is beyond redemption, no matter how far you’ve strayed. No situation is beyond redemption, even the loss of a child.

Beautiful. What would be your ideal writing place? And…what’s your actual writing place like?

My greatest inspiration comes from being on the coast, listening to the waves crash on the beach and feeling the warm breeze flowing through the windows. We have a timeshare on the beach in Baja, and I’ve gotten more writing done there than any other place.

My current reality is writing at my kitchen table, looking out the sliding glass door at the birds who flit around our feeder while my tiny garden sprouts tomatoes and cucumbers.

That sounds lovely too! So, when did you first recognize God’s call to write for Him?

When I was in second grade – I had a tiny story win an award and it was published in our local newspaper.

Well, with such an auspicious start, do you still have an unfulfilled dream?

I want to visit the capital cities of all 50 states. When I retire, hubby and I plan to take several road trips in our RV so I can check that off my bucket list.

Do you have a “day job” or a previous career? Does it influence what or how you write?

I have a day job in a bank. I hear so many stories from my customers – at times we’re like bartenders. People know they can tell us their deepest, darkest secrets and we are legally bound to keep them to ourselves.

I never would have known! How interesting. Now, all writers are readers. Do you have a favorite library memory?

When we moved to Sacramento, California in 1964, our local library was so tiny you had to turn sideways to get down the crowded aisles. The uneven wood floor and dark paneling made it a mysterious place for this imaginative little girl. I loved riding my bike there each week and returning home with a bag of books. When the library moved to a bigger location, it was never the same.

That old library sounds enchanting! Other than exploring states and libraries, what are your hobbies or activities or passions?

I’m a bit of a fitness nut, always trying out new healthy recipes. In addition, I work out four days a week with the same group of women. I call us The Faithful Five. We do spin class (that’s a bike that doesn’t go anywhere) two days a week and PiYo (fast-paced combo of Pilates and Yoga) two days. When it isn’t raining here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll hop on my bike and explore our new town. Many of the homes here are over a hundred years old.

What fun to have a fitness group! And what’s next for you as a writer? Tell us about your next project.

I just signed a contract with Elk Lake for a novel, Broken. It’s the first in a series of two or three books.

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Congratulations, Jane! I’m so excited for you!

To learn more about Jane and her books, please visit Jane’s website and Jane’s blog.

Writing for Him,

Sarah Sundin

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Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Jane Daly

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! I have the joy of interviewing my friend, fellow author, and fellow Northern Californian, Jane Daly. Jane and I serve on the board for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference, where she brings her expertise as a bank vice president to keep the conference’s finances in order. If that weren’t enough, Jane has written two nonfiction books, is writing several fiction and nonfiction works, and has recently started a podcast with her longtime writing buddy, Robynne Miller.

Jane, please tell us about your podcast, “The Art of Semi-Fiction.”

Jane Daly
Jane Daly

Robynne Miller and I started “The Art of Semi-Fiction” podcast as a way of sharing our passion for helping writers. The podcast is for writers of any age, genre, and anywhere on the journey of writing. We explore every corner of the written word, and we hope that writers will be encouraged and entertained as we talk about all things writing.

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Encouragement

When Life’s too Much

 

“Your mother is dying.”

My mind understood the doctor’s words, but my heart refused to believe them. Only a few days prior, my ninety-four-year-old mother had taken a day trip to Reno with my husband. How could she be dying?

Why now, God?

This was supposed to be the weekend I would put the final touches on my novel before sending it to my agent.

Too many circumstances in the past six months had kept me from diligently writing. Moving in with my mom after her stroke. Readying our house for sale. Packing the things of my own I wanted to keep. Thanksgiving, Christmas, visiting with my daughter’s family on their return from overseas. Stomach flu – three times in two months.

And now, this.

I was afraid.

Afraid if I don’t keep writing, my agent will drop me.

Afraid if I don’t finish my next project soon, I’ll never find a publisher.

Afraid if I don’t keep blogging and posting on social media, I will lose the tiny bit of platform I’ve gained.

The Caregiving Season by Jane S. Daly
The Caregiving Season by Jane S. Daly

Afraid to watch my mother die.

Like the song from Christian recording artist, Zach Williams, “Fear, he is a liar.”

God’s word is the truth.

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3).

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16: 9).

Though I’m afraid and overwhelmed, God is showering me with His peace as I meditate on His word. I encourage you to “take His yoke upon you” so He can give you rest.

Jane Daly at a book signing
Jane Daly at a book signing

Jane Daly is a banker by day, blogger by night. She makes her home in Northern California with her husband of forty years and two cats. Connect with her and see her published books at www.janeSdaly.com. Check out her blog, The Caregiving Season.

 

 

 

 

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Hearing God…or Not

They say it’s your birthday. It’s my birthday, too, yeah.

I’m glad it’s your birthday. We’re gonna have a good time.

–Lennon/McCartney

Today is my birthday. Now that my feet are firmly planted in my sixth decade, I have questions that must be answered.

What happened to my nice, thick eyebrows, and why are they now growing on my upper lip?

When did I become my mother?

Will I ever remember all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody?

When will I stop acting like a spoiled child?

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things (I Corinthians 13:11).

When I read Paul’s words to the Corinthians, I think about the ways I am still a child. Remember when your kids were little, and they’d put their hands over their ears so they wouldn’t have to hear your rebuke? Sometimes I still do that when I hear the Lord’s voice through His word, through a sermon, or from the gentle chastening from a friend.

My pastor’s sermon two weeks ago was on evangelism. The word strikes trepidation deep in the soul of every introverted Christian. I picture the guy in our city who stands on various freeway overpasses with a bright pink sign with the words “John 3:16.” No way, God. (Hands over my ears.)

A few months ago, my ninety-three-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was afraid to be home alone at night in case she fell. My husband, Mike, suggested we move in with her. No way, God. (Hands over my ears.)

Paul encourages us to put away childish things – thoughts, actions, and attitudes. I feel Jesus’ gentle touch, prying my hands off my ears so I can hear his voice. At sixty-two, I may have finally grown up.

Jane Daly
Jane Daly

Jane Daly is the author of two books, Because of Grace, A Mother’s Journey from Grief to Hope, and The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parent. She makes her home in Northern California. When she’s not working at the bank or hunched over her computer, she enjoys riding her bike and scrapbooking.

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Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Jane S. Daly

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! If you attend any writers’ conferences in northern California, you’re sure to meet Jane Daly. Her brilliant smile and energetic personality make everyone feel welcome. I was thrilled when Jane joined CAN recently, and it’s an honor to introduce one of our newest members.

Jane S. Daly
Jane S. Daly

Jane, how did you get into writing? How many books do you have published?

As of September 1, I will have published two books. The first one was released in February of 2015, Because of Grace: A Mother’s Journey from Grief to Hope. This latest one is The Caregiving Season: Finding Grace to Honor your Aging Parents.

My plan was to write fiction. Then my son became ill and died a year later. I was encouraged by an acquisitions editor to write my story. I’d journaled all through his illness and after his death, so much of the book’s content came from my journals.