Jarm’s insatiable thirst for world exploration and its history inspires her writing. This interview provides a glimpse into her love for all things distant in time and place. Jarm, we’re so pleased for your success. Your book will allow children to traverse new worlds and endless possibilities. Best of luck with THE HEART CHANGER, and with many more books to come.
What would you like readers to know about you?
I believe with a bit of imagination from the past, children can be the heroes of their own stories. Historical characters have a real-world set of super powers kids can truly imitate. My passion is to breathe new life into the pages of history, making it come alive for my readers. I want them to realize the past has so much to offer by way of lessons and inspiration.
What inspires you to write?
Definitely visiting new destinations gives me “scope for imagination” as I explore my own city or travel across the globe. Sometimes a quirky sign or odd cultural custom will spark an idea or blogpost. I am slowly checking off destinations on my bucket list. So far, I’ve stepped foot in six continents! And my goal is to never visit the same place twice, although I’ve broken my rule a few times — can’t help it. I love Europe, especially the French countryside and the Cotswolds in England. It’s no wonder Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens are my favorite authors!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Be faithful in keeping a daily journal. Someday, you may be famous — and its discovery may change the world! Also, dare to be different. Be who God meant you to be. And don’t be afraid to try new things or go out of your comfort zone. You’ll be able to write about them later.
What’s your favorite thing about writing for kids?
Kids have their entire lives ahead of them. My story may change the way they see the world, and give them confidence to be who God made them to be. The sky’s the limit! Young people can make a difference in the lives of those around them — they just need to be brave and step forward.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I always have a steaming cup of white Peony tea and a burning crystal candle by my side. My stories are created exclusively on an iPad in my Victorian sitting room.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
Yes, another middle-grade fiction set in early nineteenth century Spain, based on a little-known medical expedition. I have titled it, The Orphans Who Saved the World. I also have a completed MG historical novel set at the World Columbian Exposition called Fair Investigation!I’ve been sending out to editors and agents, but no bites yet. I have plenty of ideas but it’s difficult to know which one to focus on first.