One thing stayed with me after my conversation with Joy Jordan Lake. She opened up to me about how a fear of failure as a writer prevented her from fully embracing it as a career. Don’t get me wrong, most authors have a challenging time making ends meet solely by their writing, but there’s a difference between having a day job and treating writing as a hobby vs. treating writing as a passion. It’s only after we really treat it as a passion that we have the possibility of finding any success as writers.
Joy’s varied professional experience has included working as a college professor, author, journalist, waitress, director of a program for homeless families, university chaplain, horseback riding instructor, freelance photographer, and the job title that remains her personal favorite–head sailing instructor. She recently joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her latest novel, A Bend of Light.
- How her love of reading fueled her career as a writer.
- Why elementary school teachers are the ones who “rock the world.”
- How investing in herself, by going to a writer’s conference when she had very little money in the bank, was a turning point in Joy Jordan’s life.
- The importance of vulnerability in the writing process.
- The importance of persistence and having thick skin while going through the agent querying process.
“I would tell myself to not build so many safety nets under myself. I had an embarrassing list of long jobs…part of that was because I was scared to fail as a writer. I wish I’d taken writing more seriously earlier.” — Joy Jordan Lake
Buy A Bend of Light
Connect with Joy
Connect with Mike