I’ve got a special treat for y’all today: Christian author J. Carol Nemeth will be joining me for an author interview, and I’ll be spotlighting her Faith in the Park series! So, without further delay, please join me in welcoming J. Carol to Authoring Arrowheads!
Meet J. Carol Nemeth
A native North Carolinian, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading. My maternal Grandmother was an elementary school teacher and used to give all her grandchildren the Scholastic children’s books for birthdays and Christmas. We grew up reading book after book. Then as I became a preteen my mother introduced me to Grace Livingston Hill and I was hooked. One summer I was known to read one GLH book a day.
I began making up stories in junior high school, most based in the places I lived or traveled to. After college I worked in the National Park Service as a Park Aid then served in the US Army where I was stationed in Italy, traveling to over thirteen countries while I was stationed there. In Italy I met the love of my life, Mark Nemeth who is also an Army veteran. After we married, we lived in various locations, including North Yorkshire, England where our daughter was born.
This is where I was inspired to write Yorkshire Lass. It took a while, but once I finished it, I began the journey of publication. When I say journey, that’s exactly what it was. It took nearly twenty-six years. Then Forget Me Not Romances picked up Yorkshire Lass and published it. The rest, as they say, is history.
Mark and I have lived in West Virginia for nearly 20 years, where, in our spare time we enjoy RV camping and sightseeing along with researching for my books. We are active in our church and we enjoy our two grown children, our son Matt, who serves US Army active duty, our daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Flint who serves Air Force reserve and three grandchildren, Martin, Ava and Gage. We also enjoy our two four-footed kids: Haley, a white German Shepherd, and Holly, a black Lab. They love traveling with us in the RV, and when we pack up to go, they’re inside waiting for us to head out.
Author Interview with J. Carol Nemeth
Q1: When did you first feel that God called you to be a Christian author?
I started writing stories when I was in junior high school, but it wasn’t until I was married and a young mother that I felt it was what the Lord was calling me to do. I wrote my first serious novel and attempted to publish it when my daughter was very young. I received a lot of rejections, rewrote it, continued to submit it, and continued to get rejected for over twenty-six years before a publisher decided to take a chance on me. That book is Yorkshire Lass, my first novel. It was published by Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications in 2016.
Q2: What element of writing did you struggle with most while writing your first manuscript? How have you worked to overcome it?
I would say sentence structure was and still is my nemesis, but I’m an avid reader and reading helps. Plus, I have an amazing editor. I give most of the credit to her.
Q3: How do you balance time spent with your family and writing?
My husband is a shift-worker so I have to work around his schedule, but mostly I start working early in the mornings and work most of the day while he’s either at work or sleeping. Then when he’s awake or off work I can spend time with him. When the kids and grandkids come over, I spend time with them. They don’t come over when he’s sleeping, so it works out.
Q4: What’s your go-to snack when you hit writer’s block and need a pick-me-up?
I’ve been very fortunate to have an active imagination so it’s rare that writer’s block hits me (knock-on-wood.) But I love chocolate and salty both, so that’s what I snack on when I’m working. A mix of pretzels and Reese’s Pieces will do the trick. I just try not to overdo. I lost a lot of weight this last year and I don’t want to put it back on.
Q5: What advice would you give to an author seeking to have their books traditionally published?
First and foremost, don’t give up! There were so many times I wanted to and did for a while but I always came back to it and kept pursuing publication. Yes, many times I thought it would never happen, but I kept praying and kept trying. Just remember that God’s time is not our time, and His time is perfect.
Second, don’t shoot for the big publishing houses first. They weed through stacks of manuscripts and only accept a few. Get your foot in the door with one of the smaller publishing houses. Then when you have a backlist under your belt it may be easier to approach the big guys. Or you may find you’re happy where you are. Seek the Lord’s guidance in this just as in everything else in your life. He’ll show you where to go.
Those are some awesome answers! It’s nice to get to know you better, Mrs. Nemeth!
Book Spotlight of the Faith in the Park series:
When Molly Walker graduated from college, she was thrilled to be hired on as a ranger at Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She arrived ready to begin her career and to enjoy all the aspects of her new job, but the one thing she hadn’t counted on was the local poachers and their illegal shenanigans. Molly and fellow ranger Jake Stuart try to put a stop to the escalating poaching problem while protecting the animals. In the meantime, Molly finds that the handsome ranger, who is also a local, is a great partner to have on her side. She also finds that she’s losing her heart to him when she’d planned to stay focused on her career. Can she give her heart and have a career? She and Jake find themselves in a battle against a group of men with a hidden agenda far more sinister than poaching. Can they be stopped before Molly’s life is snuffed out?
When Kate Fleming arrives at the Grand Canyon National Park, she’s anxious to begin her new job as park service liaison to an archeological team. However, artifacts begin to disappear and the lead archeologist is found murdered. Kate soon receives a deadly warning as well, so archeologist Ethan Wagner steps in to safeguard her. Although Kate finds herself captivated by her ruggedly handsome protector, she already lost love once and refuses to surrender to those feelings again. After a second murder occurs, park police are determined to locate the killer, but it may be too late when Kate finds herself in the crosshairs.
Thanks for stopping by Mrs. Nemeth! It was great to have you on, and it’s always great to find more Christian reads! 🙂
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Have you had a chance to read Mrs. Nemeth’s books? What do you think of them?
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