I am so honored today to welcome Jane Kirkpatrick to the blog to chat about her new book Something Worth Doing!
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including One More River to Cross, Everything She Didn’t Say, All Together in One Place, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.
SOMETHING WORTH DOING
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2020
Some things are worth doing–even when the cost is great
In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family, what she sees as a working woman appalls her–and prompts her to devote her life to fighting for the rights of women, including the right to vote.
Based on a true story, Something Worth Doing will resonate with modern women who still grapple with the pull between career and family, finding their place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices when competing in male-dominated spaces.
Hi Jane! Welcome to the blog!
Jane: Summer, I chose this because the seasons are so important to my healthy psyche and to my characters, too. I’m a SAD person so I love sunshine.
Carrie: Seasonal affective disorder is important to be aware of! I actually get it in the summer – the winter cheers me up. (Yes, I’m weird LOL)
Jane: Dogs because they have been part of many significant events in my life: death and the irreversibility of it; fear and pain and overcoming it; the mystery of life (how did my dog diagnose my bowel obstruction?) and unconditional love.
Carrie: There is something truly special about the love & care of a dog, as anyone who’s ever been loved by a dog can attest ♥
Jane: Music. My mind wanders with audiobooks and I’m off on a story not included in the audiobook! Music soothes and enters the soul by-passing one’s critical side. How I need it.
Carrie: haha i’m the same way about audiobooks.
Jane: Print. I read ebooks because I can enlarge the font :). However, I can’t use it for research because I am a visual person and in a print book, I can remember a piece of information or a catchy phrase was at the top left hand side about four lines down and find it. In an ebook, I have to remember some word to search and often I don’t find it!
Carrie: Yes!! I have the same type of memory with print books (or writing something down on a piece of paper, etc.). I wonder who of my blog readers may be the same way?
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jane: I hate to steal yours…maybe I’ll tweak it a bit and say my super power is story. I think that stories are the sparks that light our ancestors’ lives; the embers we blow on to illuminate our own. And our lives are the stories other people read first.
Carrie: oh i love that! Beautifully said!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Jane: Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie and beyond. I grew up around one of her titles and kept that pioneering spirit in my heart and it changed my life — which is a long story of homesteading in the 1980s living on Starvation Lane.
Carrie: Laura is one of my faves too!
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Jane: They’d say that I can be overly obsessive about getting details right. They’d say I want so much to bring their stories to life that I lose sleep over it and can get cranky. But they like how I keep them hopeful and get them out of trouble. And they like the pets I give them from chickens to dogs.
Carrie: love that lol
Q: How does Abigail Scott Duniway in Something Worth Doing relate to modern day readers, almost 200 years later?
Jane: It’s such a timely story because it commemorates the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote and because Abigail was so much a part of the campaign for women’s rights more than 100 years ago. It’s also timely because Abigail struggled with keeping family and mission in balance and many women — and men — find challenges in loving family and pushing a mission or purpose. Especially during this pandemic, the partnerships of couples is so important and Abigail and her husband Ben had to deal with disappointments and joys and do it with grace. How they did it is something that might inform today’s readers. It’s also a story about being hopeful in troubling times which seems very 2020.
Carrie: I completely agree – we can learn so much from Abigail & her story!
Q: What does your research process look like for one of your historical novels based on a true story / real person?
Jane: First, I read biographies and histories of the region, movements the person might have been involved in, and anything they might have written. I then looked at census material and then go to cemetery records to verify dates and names, etc. If I can find descendants, I interview them and listen to the family stories handed down from one generation to the next. What stories are remembered speaks to the heart of the characters and what they felt was important in their lives. If they wrote, I would then research what was happening to them and compare it to what was happening in their world. Abigail wrote many things including 20 novels and 1500 speeches many of which are on line. In addition, she wrote and edited a newspaper for 17 years. As I research, I’m looking for the core of the characters, what they cared about, what their passions were. And I look for what might have gotten in their way in achieving their goals.
Carrie: that sounds so fascinating!!! And I love this – “What stories are remembered speaks to the heart of the characters and what they felt was important in their lives.”
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Something Worth Doing?
Jane: My husband has a disability as Abigail’s husband did — a serious back injury where he lives with pain. In addition to caregiving, I feel called to write these stories to encourage people in times of trial. I had to do some significant re-writes because part way through I lost the story 🙂 My editor helped me get it back. God taught me that it is in the small everyday things where we find God and not in the “success.” Family matters as much as meeting the mission God has set before us and God will set the stage to see it through.
Carrie: yes. 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.
Jane: Ah, what’s coming up next year is a book titled The Healing of Natalie Curtis, the story of a musical prodigy who loses her way and how Indian music of the Southwest brought it back and changed her life and the lives of Indian people.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick?