Welcome, Molly Jebber!
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***Congratulations to Lucy M. Reynolds, winner of Molly’s Two Suitors for Anna!***
Welcome, Molly Jebber
Take it away, Molly Jebber!
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Life for Molly Jebber before Novels
I’m from a small town in the Midwest, and if you blinked twice you might have missed it. Over the years, it’s grown by leaps and bounds. My past career has been a Director of Regulatory Affairs for Pharmaceutical Research for four hospitals, and a Contract Manager for a commercial architectural/construction firm. Sounds a little boring – but it was fun!
Molly Jebber, the Author
Now I write while living in the Midwest and Florida, unless my husband and soulmate, Ed, offers to take me to dinner or a movie or to golf. I can’t turn down my daughter, Misty, or my friends, to go shopping or have girl chats. Hence, I write very early in the morning or late at night on these days! I love to speak for Women’s Christian Connection, book clubs, historical societies, women’s groups, and libraries across the United States about the Amish and their lifestyle and traditions.
Also I work out at a local fitness center, and I always like coming out of the gym rather than going in! I love to swim, read, golf and visit Amish communities. I’ve swam with dolphins and parasailed and loved doing both! I look forward to doing these same things again! I love vanilla cupcakes, anything seafood, and M&M’s! No thank you, oatmeal, coconut, and sauerkraut!
Molly’s Debut Experience
The first day I decided to write, I typed in the browser on my computer, “I want to write. Where do I start?” (Tweet That!) I clicked on an article. It said to eat popcorn and watch my favorite movie instead. I kept reading, and it said if I insisted on writing, I better have thick skin, patience, and time. The editor suggested I read books on writing and publishing, join author groups, and obtain critique partners. At the end, this editor said to never give up. His humor and good advice inspired me to write Change of Heart, Grace’s Forgiveness, and Two Suitors for Anna.
Some nights, I wake up with an idea, blindly reach over on my nightstand and scribble it in the dark on paper. Thankfully, I’ve been able to read them so far!
For four years, I attended conferences, and learned how to write fiction. Then I submitted my first book, Change of Heart to agents and got rejected. I worked harder to edit and rewrite Change of Heart. Then I submitted to an agent and prayed she’d take it. She called me to offer representation. I did the happy dance throughout the house after talking with her. Then I knelt and thanked Jesus Christ for blessing me. (Tweet That!) Without Him, it wouldn’t have happened. If I’d have had a ladder, I would’ve climbed on the roof and shouted the news like a crazy person!
My agent called about two weeks later, and said she’d sold my book to a big New York publisher, Kensington Publishing Corp. The editor-in-chief offered me a contract for not one but a series of three books! I cried happy tears! My agent and editor-in-chief have been good to me. I’ve been fortunate to have their support and guidance.
What’s Coming up for Molly Jebber
Amish Brides will release in stores and ebook on May 30th.
A Tidbit or Two Molly Jebber Has Learned as an Author
Many people told me I would never get an agent or publisher due to the overwhelming competition. My family and friends encouraged me to never give up. Neither should you! The ups far outweigh the downs!
The best reward for me is meeting and hearing from readers. I wish I could fill a room with all the readers who I interact with on social media and hug each one and tell them how thankful I am for them. Thank you, readers!
My Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series: Change of Heart, Grace’s Forgiveness, and Two Suitors for Anna have garnered a boatload of media attention. Change of Heart was on Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten List Spring of 2015, and USA Today HEA featured it with an article that same year. Romantic Times has given my books near excellent ratings.
Two Suitors for Anna released on January 31st. In 1903, Berlin, Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for and a new, very different future. Anna Plank is thrilled when her beloved Noah proposes, but Noah has a surprise for Anna. Once they’re married, he wants them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection—and leaves. Daniel Bontrager’s arrival adds to Anna’s confusion. Since taking over his late brother’s farm, the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to share.
Contacting Molly Jebber
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Thank you, Molly Jebber
We’re so happy you joined us this week, Molly. Yours is truly a success story. And an inspiration to other aspiring authors, I’m sure.
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Oh, Lord, how sweet You are to Your children. You’ve brought Molly through her initial struggles in learning and growing as a writer and through potential discouragement to a place of fulfillment and success. We pray your righteous hand of blessing on her in future years. May her words reflect Yours. ~For Jesus’ sake