I am so excited for today’s interview! These past few weeks I have really gotten to know today’s featured author and have been so encouraged by her bright personality.
She is amazing, and it is with such joy to feature YA author Jannette Fuller on Hope through the Pages.
Grab a blanket and a few pillows for my fun chat with her about pizza, her novel, Transgression, and music.
Jannette Fuller loves spending time with God and her family. She’s a fangirl of everything lovely, and always tries to see the best in everyone, except for the villains in her YA series (Ambrosial Acres).
When not blogging or writing her latest article, she’s watching Maco Mermaids on Netflix, or sweating away unwanted calories. She’s a bit of a neat freak too (her home always sparkles). But her daily walks through the enchanted forest is one of her favorite pastimes of all.
There’s more to be said, but then her bio would end up being a memoir.
– Hi Jannette! I am SO excited to have you on my blog! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
And hello to you, Laura! Thanks for having me on your blog. Now for my answer. Hm? Hopeful, passionate, and full of love.
– You mention on your site that Pizza Hut and Redbox are fan-favorites among your family. What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Toppings?
Deep-dish with pineapple, mushrooms, black olives, and pepperoni. Yum!
– That sounds delicious. You also mentioned that you love baking. What are some of your favorite baked goods?
Cake, pie, doughnuts, cookies and cupcakes! I LOVE baking cupcakes because they’re so cute and little. Plus, I love decorating them with all kinds of pretty sprinkles.
– Cupcakes are awesome! I love all the different kinds of sprinkles as well (the more the better). What was it like writing Transgression? I know we have an awesome guardian angel who is called an agent as well as “meetings” with the supernatural in a few cases.
Whew…just thinking about it brings back an array of emotions. Transgression was conceived from my heart to contribute to God’s Kingdom despite my struggles and weaknesses. Like my teenage protagonist (Amber Reynolds) I made a lot of bad choices, giving into the temptations of sin: lust, rebellion, fear, deception…
Fusing Amber’s character with some of myself, as well as the others, made the writing process extremely challenging. To make a long story short, it took about three rewrites, extensive editing, and lots of prayer. I wanted to make sure to portray what I think giving in to sin looks like in the spiritual realm. I also wanted to write this book for a wider audience, concerning the repercussions of our choices. After all, no one is exempt from temptation, sinning, and the use of freewill.
Simply put―it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It literally drained all of my energy and patience. And being it was the first book I ever wrote, I established some bad habits: editing while writing, instead of fleshing out my story, pantsing instead of working from an outline, and waking up too early and going to sleep too late to write. I will never do that again! I believe in the wisdom of outlines now, as well as proper sleep.
– I know I have told you this before, and I’ll say it again, I’m so thankful you wrote this story. It was powerful. I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I am curious about who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
What a fun question! The lucky character would be Trent. And the reasons why: he is super sweet, silly, sincere, humble and, even though it doesn’t show too much in Transgression, Trent loves God and others. If we could hang out for a day, I’d meet Trent at Starbucks, and ask how his week went. Then we’d head over to Books-A-Million, and browse for our next inspiring and encouraging read. Finally, we’d swing by Pizza Hut, and then meet Amber, Josh, and Tirzah at Phoebe’s to watch movies. She has a subscription to the UP and Faith & Family channel. The Encounter is one of our favorites. You should watch it.
– Trent was such a sweet character! It sounds like you guys would have a blast and totally would love to tag along. If you could visit Ambrosial Acres for an afternoon, what is one thing you think you would enjoy doing or seeing?
Hanging out on the west side (Arcadia), swinging underneath the willow. Without giving away any spoilers, Arcadia is a place of intrigue, beauty, hope, safety and…
– Agreed! I think it’s one of the best places on Ambrosial Acres. Since Amber enjoys cranking her music in the car, what are some of your favorite bands and/or singers?
Yay! Another wonderful question. Here’s a list of bands/singers whose heart for God overflows through their lyrics and music: Jesus Culture, Colton Dixon, Lauren Daigle, Brandon Heath, Matthew West, Lecrae and the list goes on and on…
Before I leave, I want to say how much fun I had hanging out with you today. Next time, you’ll be a guest at my Cyber home. I’ll even bake you some virtual cupcakes. Best part about them…they’re calorie and fat-free. LOL! God bless you, Laura! And God bless all of you who have taken the time to get to know me a little more.
– The list goes on and on for me as well. So many amazing and talented artists out there. I appreciate you stopping by today and sharing about Transgression, Jannette.
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Agent Yagil faces the fight of his calling as a Guardian Angel. His newest assignment is going to take every bit of perseverance and patience he has.
Seventeen—year—old Amber Reynolds is looking for some freedom and independence from her rigid lifestyle. Going behind her parents’ back, she takes a part-time job at the renowned inn located within Ambrosial Acres.
As Agent Yagil watches over Amber, he discovers things are not what they seem. Despite its wondrous beauty, Ambrosial Acres hides a dark and supernatural secret.
Between Amber’s new coworker crushes, her menacing stalker, a mysterious online stranger, and the evil agents out to lead her down a path of self destruction, Agent Yagil struggles to keep her safe. To keep her from using her freewill that will bring harm to herself—and others.
Will Agent Yagil succeed? Or will his shortcomings get in the way?