Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Amazing Julie Cosgrove's on the Coffee Corner (with Giveaway)

The Amazing Julie Cosgrove’s on the Coffee Corner

(with Giveaway)


Julie Cosgrove

The Coffee Corner has a great guest this month…Julie Cosgrove!
Do you want to read an amazing story? Pick up one of her books…better yet, wait a week, and buy Freed to Forgive.
She’s giving away an Amazon gift card this week...gobble it up if you win.
(Details after the interview.)

For now, let’s jump right into the interview!

Renee: Hi, Julie, about your upcoming release, Freed to Forgive, what’s special or unique about it?

Freed to Forgive
Julie: Oh, dear. Start off with the tough one. I guess the fact that it is faith-based and yet deals with human trafficking makes it unique. Not that I am the first Christian author to do so.  Even so, describing the atrocities in veiled descriptions to be as inoffensive as possible while still taking the reader through my character’s journey in order to show God’s healing work is a challenge. But I truly felt the call to write Marisol’s story and did a great deal of research and teleconferencing with immigration attorneys, post sex slavery counselors and missionaries to make sure I told it accurately.

Please do not let that scare you. There is a lot more to her story than sexual violence. It is ultimately the story of anyone who has been abused – be it physically, emotionally or spiritually. I think all of us have probably been deeply hurt by another human being at one point in our lives.  The question is, do we let that define us? The key to healing and accepting God’s miraculous love to transform us is to start the process towards being able to forgive.


Renee: Marisol…what an interesting name. How do you pick your character names?

Julie: I picked Marisol because it is a combination of Maria and Soledad. In Spanish they mean sad and isolated—this describes her before she finds God and the ability to trust and love a man. The other names just came to me. I try not to use similar names for characters because that confuses the reader. I guess it is like naming your baby. You visualize them and the name either fits or it doesn’t.

Renee: Good idea! The last thing you want is a confused reader, that’s for sure. I can’t stand it when I get confused especially if I’m trying to relax with a good book. What other advice do you have for any new writers out there?

Julie: Write until you reach the end. Don’t edit as you write. You will never finish. Then put it away for three to six weeks before you go back over it. Next, attach yourself to a great critique group—in person or online— with people who are further along in their writing career so you can learn from them. Take their advice to heart and do not let your emotions get in the way. All of us are improving and though God has called us to write, we can hone our skills to His glory. Every writer gets get wrapped up in his or her stories and characters. That is why it is good to have other’s looking in from a different perspective. Remember, so will your readers.

Finally, never, ever fall into the jealousy pit by comparing your success to other writers. It will stifle you. Instead, graciously reach out and help others along. Applaud their successes and in turn you will find inner joy as well as reciprocal support.

Renee: Oh, Julie, thank you! I don’t know how many times I’ve been tempted to fall into the jealousy pit. This is a hard road to hoe. But that’s why I’m determined to spread the message of Christ and that means all voices of Christian fiction. For God speaks through more writing than just my own. Speaking of writing, how long have you been writing and why did you start?

Julie: I have been seriously writing since 2008. I began freelance writing because during the last ten years of our lives together, my late husband had a knack of landing jobs with companies that would go bankrupt within a year or so of hiring him. I needed an income that I could continue no matter where we lived. I took a quick course and immediately received clients. Knowing this was a God thing, I tithed my writing to Him each morning before I wrote for my clients. Even into my widowhood after he died in the shower getting ready for work, God kept me afloat through finding me clients. I also landed jobs, by His grace, writing for seven different Christian publications and websites on a regular basis. Fast forward to today and six non-fiction books and six fiction works later, with two more yet to be written but under contract, I write only for God now.

Renee: God is so good. He does provide, doesn’t He? So when you began writing your fiction and non-fiction works, how did your pick your titles?

Julie: I am blessed that my publisher, Prism Book Group accepted each of my novels’ titles “as is.” The titles come to me as I write. I do research on Amazon to see if any other novel has a similar title before I decide for sure.

Renee: I really like the title of your next release, Freed to Forgive. What an amazing title you picked for this one. What’s the favorite part of this novel and why?

Julie: I enjoyed interweaving three people’s lives into the story as the reader witnesses how God is moving in the background to bring all of them together in the end. So there are many scenes and snippets I really like. Personally, I think my favorite part may actually not be about Marisol, my main character, but Pastor Jake when he is suddenly saddled with a congregation he feels inadequate to handle. But I like the barn scene when Marisol has had enough and fights for her and her friend’s lives.

Renee: Was there something about your book you struggled with?
Julie: Some of the book is written into the near future by eight years, so I had to brainstorm with professionals who deal with rescued trafficked victims under Federal protection about what they felt is coming down the pike legislatively and socially. Also, my late hubby was a Sci-Fi freak. During the last few years of his life as I wrote, he had those shows on in the background. I believe this fact vicariously helped me dream up the gadgets that may be reality in eight or nine years. Of course, I had my techie-by-profession son and his friends to brainstorm with me as well.

Renee: On a more personal note, what would you do if you couldn’t write anymore?

Julie: Is blubbering uncontrollably an option? Seriously, if God decides He has other plans for me I trust He will instill a new passion for whatever it is. Right now, I feel so very blessed He is using me this way and has given me a talent I thoroughly love doing. It was a hidden-under-a-bushel thing for decades. I received accolades for my writing in high school and college, then life, marriage, raising a special needs child and economics got in the way. Oh, do I detect a few nods out there?

Renee: Yes, you do! LOL I love to relax next to a high mountains lake or next to the beach. What’s your favorite “spot” and why?

Julie: I am blessed to share a few acres along the Guadalupe River in the Texas HillCountry with my extended family. That river calls to me. I find a deep peace there. I always feel a touch closer to Christ as I walk along the banks. Others who have visited feel the same. It is a five-six hour drive from where I live so I cannot visit there often, but when I do, it is renewing. I would love to move up there for a few months and just write…maybe in a few years.



Renee: What a beautiful spot! I’d love to see it. I could relax there too. Do you have any pets? If so, share a little story or anecdote.

Julie: I have two cats. I call them my Beastie Boys. Buster is sixteen and we have been through so much, he is embedded in my heart. Blak Kat is only five. Both were strays. I work part-time as a church secretary, come home mid-afternoon and then write, edit, review, or do social media for about four hours.

Every night, I stop writing or working about nine and veg out with a little TV or a few hours of pleasure reading. The boys curl up on the couch next to me and softly purr-snore. It is my favorite time of the day.



Now...drum roll please...

Here’s what y’all have been waiting for…

JULIE’S GIVEAWAY INFORMATION.


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GIVEAWAY
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A $10.00 AMAZON GIFTCARD



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About the Book, Freed to Forgive:





Shackled by her past, can she be freed to forgive?

Abused in her Mexican village, Marisol’s anger is her ticket to freedom in America or so she thinks. But her temper lands her in worse and worse situations. Trafficked and pregnant, she gives up the baby so it can have a better life.
Now, ten years later, her past returns to haunt her, just when she has caught the eye of Jesse, the one man who wants to know her…and not just her body. Marisol has struggled hard to disguise her past, but will the unforgiving spirit she harbors prevent her from embracing her future?
Though delicately worded with veiled descriptions, this faith-based novel does depict some disturbing, yet unfortunately all too common, sex trafficking scenes necessary for the plot.

Launches October 23, 2015

Links:
Amazon pre-order http://amzn.to/1GCoEKe


About the Author, Julie Cosgrove:

Freelance writer, author and professional speaker Julie B. Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and devotional publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Faith-filled Family Magazine, Daily Thoughts About God, Good News Daily, and The Journey. In 2013, an international relief and development fund commissioned Julie to write a mission-based Bible study. Julie has published three other Bible studies, a devotional, two inspirational guides, and has nine fiction novels published or contracted to be published by 2017. One of her short stories won second place in a state wide Texas author’s contest in 2015.

She is a member of Texas Association of Authors, American Christian Fiction Writers, Toastmasters International - Advanced Communicator Gold achiever,  North Texas Christian Writers, Mystery and Suspense Writers,  and the Christian Writers Network. She's a spokesperson for Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary effort to rescue women from sex slavery in 30 countries. Julie is widowed and lives in Fort Worth, Texas where she is a church secretary and servant to two house cats. She is a mystery aficionado— especially British ones—and loves word games.

Pinterest, Twitter and Linked In as Julie B Cosgrove

2 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the interview with Julie. I have read her other books and really enjoyed them. I am sure looking forward to Freed to Forgive.

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  2. I haven't read it all yet, but I've started it. I can tell you...it's gripping.

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