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GIVEAWAY - GINNY L. YTTRUP INTERVIEW & REVIEW





How did you get the idea for Words? Why write about something so personal?

The idea for Words developed slowly over several years. I began having thoughts about a little girl. I didn’t know who she was or why I was thinking about her. But the thoughts became so consuming that I felt like this child was following me around. One day, I finally stopped and asked God who she was and why I was thinking about her. I was beginning to feel a little crazy. But God slowly answered my question and I discovered she was a victim of childhood abuse and would become a character in my first novel.

Honestly, I didn’t think that was a novel I wanted to write. The subject was painful and it wasn’t something I looked forward to revisiting. But God did a work in my heart and I was able to release those fears to Him. Eventually, writing Words gave purpose to my own pain—it became a redemptive act—a process of seeing God cause all things to work together for good in my life because I love Him and am called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).



After readers finish this novel what do you want them to remember—walk away feeling?


Two things: I want them to know that the truth will set them free. Not their truth, but the truth, Jesus Christ. I also want them to know that God is a God of love, mercy, and grace. He loves us deeply and He will redeem the pain of our circumstances when we walk with Him.




Did you come up with this title? If not what was your working title?

Words was my original working title. The first line of the book is: “I collect words.” That line rattled around in my mind for months before I sat down to write. When I finally began writing the novel, the name came from that first sentence and just stuck.

What inspires you to write? What inspires you when you are in the writing process?

Typically, I’m inspired by something God has done in my own life or a lesson He’s teaching me. I often feel so overwhelmed by God’s goodness that I feel like I’ll burst if I don’t share His goodness with others.

By sharing those experiences or lessons through the medium of story, I believe others may be more easily able to apply the lessons to their own lives.

Hi, Ginny, I wanted to ask you one of your discussion questions in the back of the book. You mentioned in the note to readers that your character Kaylee is you and that you experienced a similar situation. Question: As with Kaylee, victims of childhood sexual abuse often lose their “voice”. What types of circumstances silence you? How do you gain the courage to speak up when you’d rather remain quite?

Unlike Kaylee, I never stopped speaking completely. However, verbalizing thoughts and feelings has always been difficult for me. As a child, I was so afraid to speak up that I almost never asked a question in school or talked to a teacher. Because of that, I did poorly in school and thought I wasn’t very smart. I barely graduated from high school and didn’t attend college.

As a young adult, social situations were excruciating. I still struggle with shyness occasionally.

HOWEVER, God is working what feels like a miracle in my life! I now speak my mind freely and even speak publically! Last year, I worked with a speaking coach who said to me: Your message isn’t about you—it’s about your audience. That was the most freeing realization. Now, when I feel that strangling fear or that disconnect between my brain and my tongue that I fought for so long, I remind myself to shift my focus off myself and instead surrender to God, allow Him to speak through me, and to focus on the person or the audience in front of me.

Sierra expresses her emotions through art in the book. How do you express difficult emotions?


I write novels! Truly, the emotions expressed in the novels I write come from my own experiences. The circumstances may differ, but what the character feels is, for the most part, something I’ve felt at one time or another.

When I feel stuck emotionally, I’ve learned to set an appointment with a Christian counselor. I cannot say enough about the benefits of working with a Christian therapist. God works so powerfully through these wonderful people!


Sierra and her BFF are really into creating art work for clients and some just for pleasure or to help them express difficult emotions, what research did you do for this aspect of the book. I thought how you described this creative side was fascinating. Do you do any type of art work? If so what? If not, what would you like to do if you had the time?

Art was one of the only things I felt like I excelled at as a child. I loved to draw and loved my art classes in school. As a young mom, arts and crafts became an outlet for me. I still sketch now and usually take a sketchbook with me when I’m vacationing. I’d love to devote more time to artistic endeavors.

When I began to develop Sierra’s character in Words, I decided I wanted her artwork to be a metaphor for her emotional state. I thought if she did some type of collage art, it might represent her emotional layers. Shortly after I began writing her art scenes I was at a dinner party and discovered the gal sitting next to me was an artist. When I asked about her medium, she told me she was a layerist—a collage artist!

A few months later she gave me a tour of her studio and she also read through the art scenes in Words and advised me.

To see her more of her work, you can visit her website at http://www.eileendownes.com/

I loved this discussion question in the back of the book John 1:1 refers to Christ as the Word. This name for Christ becomes significant to Kaylee because of her love for words. What names for God are significant to you and why?



I love this question too. The names of God most meaningful to me are: Emmanuel (God with us), Comforter, Rescuer, Shepherd, and Beloved.

Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? Can you tell us something about it? When does it release?

I just finished my second novel and am in the planning stages for the third novel. The second novel is based on Matthew 10:39 “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. The working title is Lost and Found. It’s a contemporary story of two women—one who thinks she’s found her life as a successful financial advisor, but loses herself. The other who has lost herself in an emotionally abusive relationship, but finds her true life when she walks away from all she’s known and follows Christ. It is loosely based on the life of a seventeenth century mystic—Madame Jeanne Guyon.


QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK!

1. A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why?

First, I think I’d go all the way back to the beginning and witness creation. Can you imagine? The book of Job records God’s description of creation and it’s one of my favorite accounts in Scripture. It says that upon witnessing creation “all the morning stars sang together.” I would have loved to witness the awesome majesty of that moment.

The second historical event would be Jesus’ crucifixion. That may seem odd, but I’ve thought a lot recently about what it means to be a friend of God’s. Abraham was referred to as God’s friend. What an amazing privilege. So I’ve wondered what it looks like to offer friendship to God and surely it would mean sharing in the sufferings of His son. I pray I would have been one who stood at the foot of the cross allowing my heart to be broken with the very thing that was breaking God’s heart.

2. What do you read to escape, relax, or just have fun?

I read for all of those reasons—to escape, relax, and just have fun. Now that I’ve just met a deadline, I have a large pile of books waiting for me. I love meaty non-fiction. I’m currently reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and Julian of Norwich by Amy Frykholm. I’m looking forward to reading Book of Days by Jim Rubart and The Songs of the Seraphim by Anne Rice. I read everything that Jodi Picoult writes and love anything by Pat Conroy. I could go on and on and on…

3. Kaylee’s favorite books are one, written by Julie Edwards (who is Julie Andrews professionally) called Mandy and two, James and the Giant Peach. When Sierra hands these two books to Kaylee she hugs the Mandy book to her heart and lets her book the other book on the bed. What is so special about the book Mandy? Was this a book that was very special to you as a child? If yes, why? If not why mention it in your book?

Mandy remains one of my all-time favorite books and yes, it was special to me as a child. It’s the story of an orphan who climbs over the orphanage wall and finds a small cottage filled with shells. Eventually, Mandy is adopted from the orphanage by a loving family. The book spoke to me of escape—and I desperately wanted to escape my childhood circumstances. Mandy found that escape in the shell cottage. But it also spoke of possibilities and hope and I needed both in my life.

The book is special to Kaylee for the same reasons—it is a picture of hope.

4. What three movies can you watch over and over again?


 Anna and the King with Jodie Foster, Shall We Dance with Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, and Susan Sarandon and The Sound of Music (I’ve seen it too many times to count).

5. What were three of your favorite books as a child? Why?

As I mentioned above, Mandy by Julie Edwards. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. And Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I loved James and the Giant Peach for the same reasons I loved Mandy. James escapes his abusive aunts and has a magnificent adventure in the giant peach—it, for me, was a story of hope. And I loved Jo’s character in Little Women. I loved her strength. She was so different than me and I longed to have some of her gumption.

GINNY, ANY FINAL COMMENTS THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

Nora, thank you so much for highlighting Words and giving me an opportunity to share my heart. Now that your readers know a little bit more about me, I’d love to get to know them. I welcome hearing from readers through my website at http://www.ginnyyttrup.com/



THANKS Ginny for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your book better. Thanks also for leaning on the Lord as you wrote and praying as you wrote for the women that would read it. You mention in your notes that one out of every four woman is sexually abused by the time they are 18, those are staggering numbers. WORDS is a powerful story of healing and hope. Your book touched me to the core with the loving touch of hope and love only God can bring to the human heart.

I’m thankful you've let the Lord work in your heart and life and that He gave you the courage to write such a brilliant and moving novel. It’s a book I won’t soon forget. Thanks also for the give away and the opportunity for someone to experience of reading your book and getting to know two special ladies. Sierra and Kaylee! Your special too Ginny. I’m thankful to have meet you here and read your book. I highly, highly recommend it! This is a book you must experience!


Sincerely,

Nora :D



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45 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to read this book. I've heard great things about it and look forward to reading it.
    I love the personal questions you post about the authors; gives us an inside look at the person.
    I, too, have Book of Days on my "to be read" list and love the movie "Shall we Dance".

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  5. Hi Ginny, I enjoyed your interview. Thank you for sharing why you wrote Words with us. It is so sad that many children have been abused and are being abused today.

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  11. I've been seeing this book around, and have wanted to read it. This is the most detailed description I've seen so far. I really didn't totally know what it was about until this interview.
    And I now want to read Mandy. I had never heard of it before. :)
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  15. I love the title for all the reasons you mentioned. Very powerful and symbolic. It takes a lot of heart to write about something so personal.

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  16. I love the cover and the positive comment about the benefits of Christian counseling. I agree! I also think Jim Rubulart is awesome and plan to read Book of Days soon. I have heard a lot about Words and want to read this book a lot because of my background working with abused children. I would love to review it. :)

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    I felt I was reading my history- no I was not abused. I was unable to get words from my brain to my mouth. It was difficult and at times is still difficult. I get quiet and not speek unless I feel at ease with that person. i started to cry when reading the interview - I know how it feels not able to express what you want to express or how you feel. Thanks for a great interview!!! You do a great job!!!!!

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  21. What an inspirationa and enlightening
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  25. The cover of this book drew me in, and after reading the author's interview and review of the book, I definately want to read it. It's a difficult subject to read about, and it happens every second of a day to many children..sad, but true. Thank you for the entry.

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  27. I've seen several positive reviews on this book and would love to read it. The author interview was interesting as well.
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  29. Wow, what an honor to read through all your comments. As an author, it is so encouraging to hear from readers! This book does deal with the painful topic of sexual abuse, but it is a story of hope and redemption. As I wrote in my reader letter in the back of Words, statistics tell us that 1 in 4 women will be sexually abused before her 18th birthday. Isn't that a staggering number? So even if this isn't your history, it is the history of someone you know and we each have the opportunity to put our arm around an abuse survivor and say, "I'm so sorry you went through that." Just hearing that simple sentence can offer healing.

    Okay, I'm on my soapbox! :-)

    Thank you, again for your comments on Nora's blog. I hope you'll enjoy reading Words.

    Ginny Yttrup

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  30. Interesting interview...really want to read this book!
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  31. I always had a problem with speaking up as a child. Not much easier now but I fake it well. Even my comments on posts are short.

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  34. Great interview! 'Words' looks like a wonderful story, and I love the cover!

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  37. Great Interview! The cover reminds me of when I would sit on the stoop at home and daydream.
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  42. Wow, what a wonderful interview. I so admire you, Ginny, for your bravery in overcoming your past. I loved the interview, Nora!

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  44. Yeah! I love Ginny and am so excited for her debut novel release! How exciting! Please enter me in the drawing to win Words!

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