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Author Interview: Bobbie Ann Cole

My first book was “She Does Not Fear the Snow,” my story of coming to faith in a Jerusalem church where, as a Jew, I thought I wasn’t supposed to be. It was a Munce 2012 prizewinner and became an Amazon #1 bestseller. I came to faith in the Land of Israel and was blessed with a new husband of faith, like biblical Ruth. The title is inspired by Proverbs 31, a line from the description of the attributes of a good woman. It seemed an especially good fit for my title because my husband is a Canadian: actually, though, it’s a bit of a fib. I am afraid of the snow.
I also devised the “Disciples Indeed Workbook,” which helps people tell their faith stories.

“Love Triangles, Discovering Jesus the Jew in Today’s Israel” is kind of a sequel to “She Does Not Fear the Snow.”

  • : Jesus claimed me at my most broken following breast cancer and the failure of my long[-term marriage. He wet on to bless me abundantly with a new husband of faith. How could I not tell others about what He has done for me?
  • : Hansel & Gretel on the back of my report card at age 6: "It didn't go cwit the way they had inspecte, the birds et all the crums up."
  • : “Love Triangles, Discovering Jesus the Jew in Today's Israel"deals with the two years Butch, my husband, and I spent in Israel, following our marriage. It was a time full of joys in meeting Jesus in every stunning landscape but also challenges, since Israel and its people do not like Jews who believe in Jesus.
  • : I love walking, reading and cooking. I love animals, particularly horses and dogs. I own neither and wish I did. However, my husband and I divide our time between his native Canada and my native England, so owning pets right now does not seem possible.
  • : Plan and outline. Get the structure right before you write. An idea may come as a situation or all of a piece. What is important is to define the core story - one sentence that lays out both the problem and the solution you wish to convey. This applies whether the book is fiction or nonfiction. Once that one sentence premise is defined it becomes easy to work out what needs to go in and what would be superfluous.
  • : I think I may have created a new genre: investigative memoir. This is the genre I attribute to "Love Triangles, Discovering Jesus the Jew in Today's Israel" because this memoir is as much a reflection of my interests as of my story. Where did my inspiration come from? I have discerned strands of investigative memoir in Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief". My approach to creative non-fiction has been inspired by Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit" and my favorite memoir is Derek Prince's "Appointment in Jerusalem". This does not prevent Daphne du Maurier being my favorite all-time writer. She writes so atmospherically.
  • : I used to help people get the vinyl discs and CDs to market.
  • : Sketch it out for myself and then employ a professional.
  • : Go to love-triangles.com.
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