Author Interview with Jane Daly
What was the inspiration for your latest work of non-fiction?
Everyone says to write what you know. I am still in the midst of caregiving for my 93-year-old mom. My book is the story of watching my dad need care as his health declined, and then progressing into caring for my mom. There may be a sequel, as my husband and I are moving in with Mom in the next couple of months She had a stroke last weekend and needs someone with her, especially at night.
What’s the main message you want readers to take away from reading your book?
Hope! Grace in the midst of difficulty.
That's a powerful message! If your book is about a personal journey, how emotional was it for you to write it?
The Caregiving Season was written after watching my father need more care than my mom could give him. My husband, Mike, and I live close to my parents, so we were called on many times to pick Dad up after he’d fallen. It was excruciating to watch my joyful, vibrant father decline. Because my dad died only five weeks prior to our son’s passing, I didn’t get the time to grieve his passing. Writing this book helped me grieve.
How do you go from an idea for a book to its completion? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
I begin with an idea, then brainstorm chapter titles. The next step is to organize the chapters into three themes. I use Scrivener to make notes on each chapter’s main idea. I work full-time, so completing a book can take me up to a year.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
Always! My brain can juggle 2 or 3 ideas/projects at the same time. I’m working on a humorous book for women in their fifties and sixties – thoughts on growing older. Tentative title: Why Are My Eyebrows Growing Out of My Nose.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
If you’re serious about writing, you must treat it as a part-time job, especially if you already work full-time. I don’t watch TV, and my reading time has been severely curtailed in the past few years. I come home from work, help Mike fix dinner, carry it down to my mom’s house (she’s 93 and legally blind). After dinner, I give myself thirty minutes to unwind – Facebook, Words With friends, Solitaire, then at 7:00 I sit at my computer and write for an hour. My goal is 1,500 words. Then I spend an hour or so with hubby. I binge-write on Saturdays. On Sundays, I schedule my author-page Facebook posts and other social media stuff.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My family and friends are amazing! Mike willingly sacrifices his Saturdays by golfing 😊, which leaves me alone time to write. My mom has copies of my book in her living room, and she loans them to friends. Mike keeps them in his glove box so if a conversation arises as he’s Uber-ing, he will give one away.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you?
Most writers are insecure bundles of self-doubt and I’m no exception. Every day I pound out words, while that little voice whispers, “This is horrible. No one will ever read this. You’ll never be published again. Those other two times were a fluke. You’re a phony, a pretender.” That’s why I write any encouraging words I’ve received from editors or agents on 3 x 5 cards, posted on my bulletin board above my writing table. When the voice gets too loud, I look at what others in the industry have said:
You are an excellent writer
You have a gift
Strong writer with great technique
About the Book
Caring for elderly parents is challenging. It’s a season of life requiring strength that comes only from God.
In The Caregiving Season, Jane Daly openly shares her stores from the front lines of battling guilt, negotiating new boundaries, and dealing with exhaustion. Her message of grace and hope will help you honor your aging parents well and deepen your personal relationship with Christ along the way.
Meet the Author
Jane Daly is the author of two books:
The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parent, and Because of Grace, A Mother’s Journey from Grief to Hope.
As a professional speaker, she talks to grief support groups, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, and networking groups about how caregivers can avoid compassion fatigue, and offers hope to mothers who have lost a child.
Back home in the Sacramento, California area, she serves as Vice President and Manager of a bank. She’s also the treasurer of Inspire Christian Writers and West Coast Christian Writers.
Jane is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and CAN (Christian Author’s Network).
She’s a contributing writer to Compass Magazine, and has numerous stories and articles published in newspapers and other publications.
Jane is an avid cyclist and loves to chronicle the lives of her three grandchildren through scrapbooking. Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lifeway Christian Books, and The Caregiving Season is available on Focus on the Family's website.
A special thank you to author Jane Daly for joining us today for an interview at Pandora's Box Gazette. Feel free to chat with Jane and post your comments below.