I met Dixie at a writer’s conference and to date I don’t know of any author who has ever pitched a story to me with so much enthusiasm. I began to believe the story she was telling me was true, that it happened to a friend! It began a great relationship between us as authors and as editor to author when I signed her. The benefit for us is she also lives in a nearby town so we’ve even connected to talk about life and writing while sipping coffee (for her) and chai (for me). I happily introduce you to Dixie Jarchow (who has also written as Daisy Jericho).
When did you decide that you would be an author? Was it something you fell into, felt called to… ?
I decided I would write a novel when I was pregnant with my second child and had to be on bedrest with a 5-year-old to entertain all day. A friend brought over a huge box of romance novels. After reading about 40 in a row, rapid-fire, I began to see a pattern. I teach physics and engineering. Patterns appeal to me. So my journey began.
What’s your pet peeve?
My pet peeve is when writers read and ask for comments in my writers’ groups and then argue with the person who is giving feedback. Non writing peeve? No coffee. Must not be allowed!
What was your most embarrassing moment as a writer?
I admired some local writers when I was just starting out and they told me I wasn’t good enough to be in their group. It inspired me to write more and get better. None of them have published a single book to date. I’m on my third. Persevere and have faith!
What has been your most difficult challenge as an author?
Finding the time to write.
How do you process rejections and/or negative reviews?
I take them way too personally. Then, I get stubborn and dig in and do better. Upon reflection, they usually have a good point. i usually cannot even read the rejection letter at first. It takes me days.
What do you feel is the best success so far in your writing career?
I think being able to share my journey with my high school students and let them know how tough it is but how worthwhile and that they can do anything they set their minds to.
What would be your top three pieces of advice to newer, up and coming authors?
Listen to criticism, accept criticism and then ignore criticism. Listen to everyone and make it better but ultimately, it is your story to tell.
As a Christian author, what would you like your legacy to be?
I would want my legacy to be that I will always be proud to have my future grandchildren read my stories.
What is your current work in process?
I am currently working on Mixed-Up Christmas due out this Christmas.
Nice interview – very analytical mind to dissect writing and seeing the patterns like that. I love your advice – listen, accept, ignore criticism. Perfect.