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Joyce Magnin

Joyce Magnin

Genres:
Children's
,
Contemporary
Joyce Magnin's novel The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow was chosen as one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. She's written several short stories and articles and been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest and Highlights for Children. She has three children and a neurotic parakeet. She lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Joyce Magnin: Back to Bright's Pond

Joyce Magnin: Back to Bright's Pond

(May 2011)
The author discusses Griselda Takes Flight, our third visit to the little community of Bright's Pond.

WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS IN WRITING GRISELDA TAKES FLIGHT?
Griselda Takes Flight is the third installment in the Bright's Pond series, so I wanted to continue the travels and antics and mysteries of the town. For those who read the first one, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, they'll know that at the end Griselda was just beginning to find herself. I wanted to continue that trend and give Griselda the room and the nerve to spread her wings.

THIS IS YOUR THIRD VISIT TO BRIGHT'S POND -- WHAT KEEPS BRINGING YOU BACK?
I love this quirky, little community and all the people. I keep getting surprised by what they're going to do next. I enjoy the idea and philosophy of community and how important it is that we maintain our relationships with neighbors, friends, shut-ins, homeless etc.I hope the people of Bright's Pond exemplify what it means to know you matter in the grand scheme.

HOW DOES YOUR FAITH INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING?
It keeps me going for one thing. I know when I'm stuck I can usually lay it out to God and He will pull me through. I tend to recite, "I can do all things through Christ (even write a novel)" a lot. There is strength in the Name. And I love it that God uses us, very flawed people to get His work on Earth completed. I hope that comes through in my novels. To be honest, my faith wavers sometimes. I ask a lot of questions but God never lets go of me. When I think I'm hanging on to Him and slipping I do better when I realize He's the one hanging on to me.

WHEN YOUR BOOKS COME OUT AND YOU START GETTING FEEDBACK, HOW DOES IT AFFECT WHAT YOU WRITE NEXT?
I was surprised by how involved my readers became with the characters. The concern for their futures astounded me. So I listen a great deal to what my readers think about the characters and if I can use that info in the next book, I will. When The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow released, I was amazed at how many people were a little angry with Griselda and wanted her to stand up for herself. I knew she needed that also but it was wonderful to know the readers did also,so I hope they're happy with what she does in Griselda Takes Flight.

WHAT DO YOU MOST HOPE THAT READERS GET FROM READING YOUR WORK?
First of all, I hope folks are entertained. I hope they laugh, cry, and keep turning the pages. But, I also hope that they come away with a sense of what it means to be in community, of wanting to be part of the greater good. I might write my books in silence, aloneness, but I love that they get read in community like Book Groups and are discussed in reviews and blogs posts. It really is about community for me.
 
 

 

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