Happy Thursday! Today, I’m pleased to introduce Jarm Del Boccio and her new middle grade novel, The Heart Changer.
Jarm (‘J’ pronounced as a ‘Y’) Del Boccio finds her inspiration in everyday life, but in particular, when she travels the globe, observing the quirky things that happen along the way. Focusing on lives of characters from the past, Jarm is devoted to breathing new life into the pages of history.
Jarm has a background in elementary and high school education, and served for seven years as a school librarian. Grateful for the opportunity, she taught three missionary kids in an isolated area of Papua New Guinea. She is part of SCBWI and American Christian Fiction Writers, and has published articles in “The Old Schoolhouse” magazine.
“The Heart Changer,” her debut MG historical/biblical fiction, releases with Ambassador International April 26th 2019. Jarm is content with the journey God has placed her on, and lives with her husband and adult son and daughter (when they are not away) in a tree-lined suburb of Chicago. You can connect on her author’s website/blog at: https://www.jarmdelboccio.com/
“My Passion is to Make Scripture and History Come Alive for my Readers: Illuminating the Past. Making Sense of the Present. Offering Hope for the Future.”
GENRE: Middle Grade Biblical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Ambassador International
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2019
Can an Israelite captive, wrenched from all she loves, serve the very man who destroyed her village?
Miriam is asked to do the impossible: serve the wife of Naaman, commander of the Syrian army. Clinging to treasured memories of home and faith, Miriam faces captivity with worry and bitterness. Little does she know the Heart Changer is wooing and preparing her for a greater mission far beyond what she could imagine.
This middle-grade historical novel reflects the heartache and angst of a young refugee in a foreign land where all hope seems lost.
Hi Jarm! Welcome to the blog!
Jarm: Tea! White Peony with a touch of Milk Oolong (from Russia) is always by my side as I work.
Carrie: ooo! that sounds exotic!
Jarm: So tough! I love both. But, because the sound of the surf is soothing, I’d have to choose ocean. I also prefer warmer weather.
Carrie: I always cheat and say ‘both’ LOL
Jarm: Hmmmmm. I like both, but there’s more opportunity for conversations with a board game!
Jarm: Although I love the feel of a real book, I prefer e-books for many reasons — mostly because they are easy to carry, I can access any links and am able to underline/share what I am reading easily. I’m also a minimalist, and on a strict budget so I’m not purchasing physical books anymore, but I do give reviews on many sites to encourage another author. I read 4-5 books simultaneously — using ebooks, physical books, audiobooks and playaways.
Carrie: I still technically prefer to own print but ebooks make life so much easier! (Confession: totally had to look up ‘playaways’ lol)
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jarm: Since I love to travel, and I write historical fiction, my superpower would allow me to travel back in time to experience my MC’s life.
Carrie: That would be fun!
Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Jarm: Such a painful question! ☺️ Jane Eyre, The Valley of Vision (Puritan prayers), Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, Emma, and Les Misérables. I am a deep thinker and need plenty of food for thought. I also am a people watcher and find myself analyzing them often. These books help me in my pastime.
Carrie: Haha! yeah, I cringed when I wrote that question 😛
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Jarm: In my Victorian sitting room outside our bedroom on the second floor of our home. I type exclusively on my iPad (I have terrible handwriting), and have a cup warmer for my tea and crystal candle lit on an antique side table while I write. I must have at least 25 books surrounding me, along with author quotes and a stuffed hedgehog representing a character in one of my stories.
Carrie: haha love it!
Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce The Heart Changer as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?
Jarm: Definitely my daughter as the MC— I dedicated the book to her! Naaman? I’d say, Mel Gibson. And Naaman’s wife (Adara)? Hmmmm. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Carrie: great choices!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Heart Changer?
Jarm: Well, it’s not really hidden, but the poem “The Master Weaver” plays a part in the story. It was an encouragement to me as I faced troubling circumstances in childhood and adolescence.
Carrie: I love that you’ve been able to use that to encourage other children & young teens!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Heart Changer?
Jarm: That God has a purpose for every difficulty that comes into our lives, and if we are faithful to Him, He will use us in amazing ways. God works all things together for good — we only need to be patient, which is not easy!
Carrie: Amen ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Jarm: I have three other MG historical fiction in revision right now — orphans on a sailing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean, another featuring a Huguenot Girl in a bun shop in Bath, England, and a third set at the 1893 World Colombian Exposition. I’d be honored if one of these finds a publisher in 2019!
Carrie: They all sound wonderful!
Jarm Del Boccio is offering a copy of The Heart Changer to one of my readers! (US winner gets choice of print or ebook; ebook only if international winner) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
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