ever been in a situation when you felt the walls of your life closing in on
you; pressing against your hope, your faith, your peace?
I know what that feels
like. My family suffered a series of back-to-back blows. My son was diagnosed
with autism on a Thursday, and the next day, my husband
lost his job. We were pawning, scraping and doing everything we could think of
to keep our heads above water and provide the expensive therapies my son
seasons, you sink a little, swim a little, and in between, you sometimes flail.
Yet, those very situations; those same adversities, if we walk through them the
right way, hold the potential to catapult us into something great.
This was my
perspective when I first encountered Jasinda Wilder. I’m a writer. Obviously,
you’re reading me now! But I am just breaking into fiction, and was looking for
authors with whom I could identify and, to a degree, follow.
Almost from the
beginning, I knew Jasinda would be one of these people. It wasn’t just her
writing, though if you are looking for emotionally evocative, richly layered
stories that tear your heart out and heat you up, she’s your girl! She is one
of Amazon’s Top 100 authors and her latest novel, Alpha, just hit #4 on The New
York Times bestseller list!
What first drew me to Jasinda was the TRUE
story of how she went from being in the desperate place I described above, to being a
New York Times, USA Today, and
Wall Street Journal bestselling author. How she and her husband
navigated their family out of terribly difficult circumstances into where they
are today – thriving!
where they were: One of their five children was gravely ill. Jasinda’s husband, forced to stay home and provide care. Jasinda’s salary significantly cut. Bills
piling up and their home about 30 days from foreclosure. But instead of wallowing,
instead of giving up, instead of whining, they used their gifts and WROTE their
way out of this mess. They self-published a series of racy novels that not only
helped them get by, but opened up a whole new world for their family. Here’s
“Find A Way To Get Paid For Doing What You Love”
Tina: You and
your husband literally wrote yourselves out of a hole. You locked
yourselves away and just didn’t stop until you were done. You tapped into your
creativity to save your family from financial ruin. What made you think to
JASINDA: It was
something my husband and I had both been thinking and talking about for years,
and we’d been writing just for a creative outlet as well, but it was when
desperation really set in that we decided to try writing as a viable career
option. Thank God we did!
Tina: In just
three years, you’ve gone from a family facing foreclosure and financial ruin,
to a bestselling author. How is your life different now? How has it affected
your family? Your children?
JASINDA: Our lives
are totally different in some ways, and the same in others. We’re still us. The
dynamics of our family haven’t changed because of all this, but we’re a lot
happier, I think. We’re not facing financial ruin anymore, which is an amazing
feeling. Obviously stress never goes away, because running a publishing company
is hard work, as is raising a family of seven people. But it’s all worth