Author Spotlight: Jody Hedlund

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 Rachel Wojnarowski is Carol Ellmore! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week Jody Hedlund is in the spotlight! To win a copy of her Unending Devotion, 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?

I’m a coffee-guzzling, chocolate-loving, avid-reader, and passionate writer! I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for twenty-one years, and we have five busy children whom we homeschool. When I’m not teaching or running my kids to activities, I try to squeeze in my writing time.

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

I write historical romances. My first two published books The Preacher’s Bride and The Doctor’s Lady are inspired by real life heroes of the Christian faith and their love relationships.

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

I’m pretty sure I was born with a pen in one hand and a notebook in the other. Since my earliest days, I loved making up stories and writing them down. The passion followed me into adulthood. And after many twists and turns along the path, I’ve finally been able to channel that passion into a full time writing career.

What are your biggest distractions?

Between my homeschooling and writing I have two full time jobs. It’s definitely not easy. But like any other writer trying to balance dual careers or multiple responsibilities, I’ve had to look for ways to make it work. I’ve scaled-back on outside commitments and simplified home life as much as possible. I also stick to a very strict writing schedule when I’m in first draft mode. I block out writing time and don’t let myself go to bed at night unless I get in my daily word count.

What do you most like about being a writer? Least like?

Most like: I love telling stories. I especially like the feeling that comes as I near the end of the book when everything looks hopeless, the characters are in big trouble, and somehow I’m able to wrap up the book in a satisfying way. I call it the first-draft love affair! I fall absolutely and madly in love with the story and think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written.

Least like: I struggle the most during the editing phase of each of my books. The love affair that started during the first draft comes to an end. I fall out of love with my books. By the last edit—called the Galley Review—I finally reach a point where I loathe the book, think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever written, and wish I could just throw it away. During the Galley stage, I’m fraught with insecurity and fear.

What advice would you give to new writers?

Write a couple of books first and unleash your creativity. Then start reading books that explain how to write. Study techniques, practice them, and keep writing. When you begin reaching a level in your writing where you think you’re ready to start querying, get a critique partner to read your work, vamp up your online presence, and immerse yourself in the writing industry.

What’s on the book horizon for you?

My newest book, Unending Devotion has recently released. I live in central Michigan in an area that was once filled with towering white pines and that played a major role in the lumber era. In the 1870’s through the early 1880’s, lumbering employed more workers than any other industrial occupation in the United States. The white pine tree was considered “green gold” and netted greater profit than the gold rush of the West.

During my research for the book, I began reading biographies about people who lived during the lumber era. And as I did, I ran across stories of young women who didn’t fit into the glamorized legends and songs.

The stories of many of these women were much darker. They’re tales of women who were abused, exploited, and even enslaved.

Unending Devotion is inspired by one of those women, Jennie King. She rode a train into central Michigan in answer to newspaper ad for a job. She expected to work in a hotel. Instead she found herself enslaved in a brothel. She fled, but was recaptured and beaten. The brave and desperate woman escaped again, wearing only a nightgown, and this time gained help from a local family. The brothel owner tried to get her back again. But the family helped smuggle Jennie out of town and to a safe place.

In fact, Unending Devotion is tour with Litfuse right now! Head on over and see what other readers are saying about it and enter for your chance to win a Nikon Photography package!

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

I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website:

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

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. Linda says:

    Not sure I’ve read anything by this author. Thanks for this offer!

  2. Would love to read one of her books! Please enter me int he contest!

  3. Carolyn Jefferson says:

    She is a new author to me. I’d like to win this book.

  4. Amanda T says:

    Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Sue Stone says:

    Jody would be a new author for me. I would love to be chosen to receive this book. Thank you very much and I look forward to adding you to my home library.

  6. angela chesnut says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank You for the chance.

  7. Edy says:

    Would love to win her book!!!!!

  8. Kaye Whitney says:

    I have only one of Jody Hedlund’s books, THE PREACHER’S BRIDE. I have never thought about the lumber industry in Michigan and women’s roles there. The book UNENDING DEVOTION sounds quite suspenseful, and I would love to win a copy. Thank you for having the contest.

  9. Sandi Ansell says:

    Wow…you are one busy person! I have never read any of your books and I hope I win this one so I can become a fan! God bless!

  10. Steph says:

    Just discovered Jody with The Doctor’s Lady…loved it! Would love to be a winner! Thanks!

  11. Jennifer Lowe says:

    Jody Hedlund is a fantastic author! Just finished her book ‘The Preacher’s Bride’ over the weekend and am halfway through ‘The Doctor’s Lady’. Cannot wait to read her next book. Would love to win it! 🙂

  12. Deena Paine says:

    Hello, please enter me into your weekly drawing. I’m a 54 yr old disabled hairdresser and office cerial clerk. I have resently went back to working 3 days a week. I read something beside my bible daily. I’ve been folowing you on facebook for a bout a year and have enjoyed all your articles and information. Thanks for writing. Deena Paine

  13. Jody Gossert says:

    Love to read new authors. Maybe I’ll win!

  14. pat cowans says:

    I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I think I would really like them. Thanks for doing this.

  15. Karen Pollard says:

    I would love to be a well read author, but I don’t have the talent for it. So, I do the next best thing and read all of their books! I can still enjoy the writing and good stories!!

  16. Amy C says:

    I loved this interview. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  17. Jody Hedlund says:

    Hi Suzanne! Thank you for hosting me on your blog today! I truly appreciate getting to sit down in your cyber home for a little visit! 🙂

    And thank you to everyone for stopping by today and giving me the chance to share a little bit about myself and my newest release! I hope you’ll all have the chance to read it eventually! 🙂

  18. Trish Lee says:

    would love a chance to read your writings! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  19. Karen Sue Kimberly says:

    I would love to win this book. I have read her other books. This one is on my wishlist.

  20. Marissa E. says:

    I’ve read the Doctor’s Lady and it was so good!! Can’t wait to read this one!

  21. Susan H. says:

    Thanks for introducing us to this author. Looking forward to reading her books. Thanks for chance to win.

  22. TONI COLEMAN says:

    I hope to win ! It looks like a great book to relax by !

  23. Linda McFarland says:

    Thanks Suzanne for introducing us to new authors. Jody Hedlund’s books sound intriguing….I’ll be checking on some of her books…it would be exciting to win! Thanks for the opportunity….Linda M.

  24. Cindi Laughlin says:

    Would love to win her book! Looks like a great read!

  25. Elaine Jordan says:

    I have read both “The Preacher’s Bride” and “The Doctor’s Lady” – so looking forward to reading Jody’s next book (& all the one’s to follow!). Not sure how you do it with 5 kids – I have 4 and my life is very full.

  26. yes, this is also a new author to me…..would love to win and read her book! Thanks!

  27. Connie Hinkley says:

    My sister in law has read some of your books & has recommended you . I would really like to receive a copy of your book so I can say the same to someone else .

  28. Emma says:

    I would love a chance to win this book. I have been excited about it since I read that it was set in Harrison. My family owned a little cabin in Harrison and I have spent so many weekend, summers and winters up there! It was one of my favorite memories growing up!

  29. Kristie D. says:

    Your book sounds very moving and sad. This sounds like a unique topic. I will definitely put it on my list. I’m impressed by your writing discipline. Homeschooling five kids is no cake walk either. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  30. felecia says:

    I would love to read this.