Author Spotlight: Jenny Miller

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Lorena McCourtney is LEE JOLLEY! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week Jenny Miller is in the Spotlight! To win a copy of her book, Life is a Gift, leave a comment on this post!

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

Married to my best friend for 14 years, and blessed with 3 little girls, Sierra, Courtney, and Brooklyn, who you’ll read about in my book. I work full time as a mommy to my girls, and yes, I write early morning while they’re still in bed, or during nap time!

And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest…

Life stories are my favorite for reading and writing, I also enjoy Christian fiction.

How did you get started writing? Did you have a dream of being a published author?

Creative writing was my favorite subject in school, and through the years I’ve written a lot of short stories that hardly anyone ever saw. But all the while I was dreaming of “someday”….that day when I would publish my book.

After you started writing seriously–how long was it before you were published?

Almost exactly one year. It took 3 months to write, and 9 months to have it edited/published. The 9 months were comparable in a lot of ways to pregnancy. One of my friends was sure I would go through post-partum depression when it was all over. 🙂

Aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well? Do you have any favorite places and routines when you write? How many hours a day do you spend writing?

The most inspiring thing I can do before I sit down to write is get out in nature. Taking a walk on a beautiful day does something for my spirit that makes me want to write on paper. And always, before I sit down to write, I start with prayer. More than anything else, I want my writing to be inspired by God, and not just words I come up with.

What has been the biggest help to you in the journey to publication? Writers’ conferences? Writing groups? Your mom as your first draft reader?

I was blessed to find an editor through friends of friends. I emailed her and asked if she would edit my work on a private basis, thinking I would find an publisher once it was edited. She became my best ally, and we talked on the phone for hours. She really, really wanted me to be happy with the end result. She gave me her honest opinions, but also wanted to hear mine. And she works for numerous publishing companies, and recommended several of them to me, then helped me through the entire publishing process.

And yes, my mom was my first draft reader, along with my sister and a cousin, which was very helpful. A friend advised me not to pass along my manuscript to a lot of different people, because then all you would have is a lot of different opinions! So I stuck with a few trusted people whose opinion I highly value.

Is the “writer’s life” what you thought it would be? (Explain your answer)

I think I may have glamorized the idea of being an author before I became one. 🙂 And now that I’m here, I realize I’m still the same “me” I always was, still learning, still stumbling from time to time. But I will admit, having accomplished a life dream, with God’s help, does feel pretty amazing

What are your biggest distractions?

Well, I’d hate to call them distractions, but my husband and my girls have my first priority. 🙂

What was one of the best moments in your career and what was one of the worst?

The best? The moment the UPS man drove in my driveway with the hard copy of my book. I ran out to the little bridge across my creek, and had little worship session with tears of gratefulness.
The worst? The first publishing company that I went with ended up not working out. I had so much faith in them and it became obvious it was going to be an unworkable situation, so I pulled out. Suddenly, I had a book almost ready for print, and no publisher. We prayed hard and within a couple of weeks, we had our new publisher, and the book was in print 6 weeks later.

What do you least like about being a writer? Most like?

My favorite part of being a writer is reader response. Finding an email in my inbox from a reader makes my day. I’ve met so many new friends.

What advice would you give to new writers?

Whatever you’re writing, let it be from your HEART. You can be talented at putting words on paper creatively, but if it’s not from your heart, I won’t connect with it.

Pretend I’m a customer at a bookstore looking for a good book. Give me a one or two sentence promo to convince me to buy your book.

Are there situations in your life that make no sense at all…that make you wonder what God is thinking, what He’s up to? Follow me in my journey of confusion, darkness and pain as I struggle through accepting the genetic disease my daughters were born with. And come with me as I find grace, comfort and even joy as my Heavenly Father lovingly, step by aching step, teaches me important lessons about Himself and life.

What’s on the book horizon for you?

People ask me if I’m planning a sequel, and I say, “I have no idea what I would write about!” 🙂 But maybe someday, a little farther down the road. At least I can dream, can’t I?

Last question, how can readers find you and your books?

My book can be found on my website, or on and many other places online.

Thank you for sharing your writing life with my bleaders! (blog + readers = bleaders)

Thank you, Suzanne! I’m so honored to have had the opportunity!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. kari says:

    so interested in reading about this mom’s journey

  2. Karla Hanns says:

    Oh, I would love to win that book!! Children have always been near and dear to me!! They better have been- I taught them for 34 years!! I am amazed at the love, strength and willpower God gives to the parents of these special children.

  3. Kathie from CA says:

    My first child had many physical and mental challenges and as a result I am drawn to children with challenges in their lives. I would love to have your book and pray for you, your husband and your daughters.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  5. Sandi Ansell says:

    I love reading books about children. I recall one of the very first books I read as a child was “Angel Unaware” by Dale Evans Rogers. It was wonderful. I’d truly enjoy reading this. God bless

  6. Shari Best says:

    I would love a copy of Life is a gift. Please consider me in your drawing!!

  7. Jean Smith says:

    It sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to read it.


  9. loretta says:

    That was an interesting interview. I’m still interested
    in the condition of her children, I guess I will have to
    read the book to learn that : )

  10. Judy Burgi says:

    I would love to win a copy of “Life Is A Gift.” I’m sure I will need tissues near by. It just feels like a real tear jerker.

    I loved how God answered prayers for a new publisher for your book. We shouldn’t be amazed at how God works but some times it is just a WOW moment. Jenny, I plan to visit your website just as soon as I post this!

    Judy Burgi

  11. Jane Reeves says:

    Very interesting interview. I would love to win a copy of Life is a Gift.
    Jane Reeves

  12. Jackie Tessnair says:

    Very interesting interview.I would love to readthis

  13. would love to win this and review it on my blog:
    what a challenge God has given you in your 3 blessings! thanks for sharing from your heart!

  14. felecia says:

    I would love to read this. Looks wonderful!

  15. Kristie D. says:

    I think that God knows what he is doing when he creates each one of us. I have several disabilites and know that there is a purpose. It’s difficult some days but I think that I have no choice but to go on. Thank goodness God is there. Your book sounds very inspirational. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  16. Dixie says:

    What a beautiful story of how God is Growing you in Grace and Mercy. Only thru Him could you have written such a touching story of your life. I was blessed to borrow your book and read it in 2 days! It is a moving story and makes one really take a good look at what God has given them and think about what they are doing with His blessings. Your words were truly encouraging to me and made me realize how blessed I really am. May the Lord continue to Bless you and your precious family. May we all seek to draw closer to Him. Thank You for sharing from your HEART.