Sheila Vandervort interviewed author Darlys Jacobson about her new book, I choose joy. Darlys lives in Cook, and the book is available on Amazon.co.uk, barnesandnoble.comor by calling Sheila at 218-780-0019.
Q: Can you tell us what the book is about?
A: My book I choose joy is close observation into the depths of all things. Like watching birds in the morning, hanging clothes on the line, growing old, the seasons and all their phases, and family. It’s about finding beauty and holiness in everyday things.
Who are your target readers, if any, and why do you think they would like your headline?
Thanks to my readers so far, I’m delighted to say that all ages are enjoying the book. I think they would appreciate the title I choose joy knowing that joy is a universal word that also means pleasure, appreciation and comfort. Who doesn’t need more of that!
Is this your first published work?
Yes, Christian Faith Publication made that dream come true for me.
How long did it take you to complete this book? Completing this book took two full years of four hour work most days.
Have your personal life experiences affected the subject of this book, and if so, how?
I choose joy is a collection of personal experiences. Examples: growing up on a farm, helping friends and family through cancer, missing your parents, sending your kids to college, and more.
What kind of books do you prefer to read?
Fiction: romance, happy ending. I want to read good writing. I want the words and the story to linger in my mind while I’m away from the book and make me want to come back to it. I also need to read tons of poetry. It’s so refreshing. Emily Dickinson is my all time favorite.
Do the books you read for leisure and pleasure influence your own writing?
All words influence my writing. Even the words on the back of a Cheerios box.
How do you get started writing poetry? In other words, what was your method for writing this book?
I like to get up at 5 a.m. and make a big cup of coffee. Grab my laptop, iPad, or a notebook and pen, depending on how I feel that day. Then I head to my shed office, or maybe upstairs in the loft or on a hot day I might head to my deck at sunrise. It doesn’t matter, with writing you can do it anytime and anywhere.
Would you consider the publication of this book among your greatest achievements in life?
Among my greatest accomplishments in life, yes, getting my book published is absolutely on point. I like to think of it as a rebirth, a rebirth.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of becoming a published author?
The reaction of my readers, and the words they used to describe my book. Words like: entertaining, funny, stimulating, heartfelt. Readers said they laughed and cried. They also told me that my words come alive on the page.
Describe the feeling you felt when you first held your own published book in your hands?
Proud and scared. Fear because I’m out of my comfort zone and now my heart is exposed.
What advice would you give to other potential writers?
I would like to answer this question with my poem “Continue to Write”.
To find the words are like liquid
Poured from their container
Take the shape of the glass.
To discover the artist.
To splash the colors
Of mountains and meadows
And landscapes of daisies
Through pages and pages of canvas.
Keep writing For therapy.
The possibility of pitching a tent in the midst of earthly chaos. To be delighted in daydreams
Taken back in the memories
And devoured in images.
Then returning refreshed By the waters of baptism.
When husbands are in need,
Children, homes and jobs
In crowded corners.
When to grossly stress
Invites her way in
And get comfortable in your favorite chair. Keep writing.
Who inspired you the most to write this book?
My husband and daughters casually but continually asked how the book was coming. Just enough encouragement to give me a boost.
Do you currently have another book in progress?
I do. I’m halfway through my second book of poetry. It should be out by the end of next year.
Sheila Vandervort lives in Virginia.