Walk By Faith by Jenna Comfort is coming out on August 8th. The following is an interview with Jenna, where we talked about the her writing process, inspiration, and the new book.
What led you to become a writer?
Well, first of all, I’ve always been the imaginative type. I liked to come up with stories all the time when I was little, but I’ve never written them down. Then I met Joy Troster and she kind of got me hooked on the idea of writing. From then on, I’ve been putting my thoughts onto paper. Also, over the years, I’ve met several different people who write. I guess it’s just a part of me. Writing down my thoughts onto paper gives me the chance to shine a light into someone’s life. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fictional story or just a blog post; I know people can be touched in ways we don’t even think of.
How do you find inspiration for your essays and poems?
Great question! Inspiration for me is like a feather on the wind. Usually it’s unexpected. Most of the time, I find inspiration from something I’ve read in scripture or online, talking to my friends, life experiences, and sometimes music.
How did collecting your writings into your new book, Walk By Faith, come about?
I’m just going to come out with it and say that this book was sort of my mom’s idea. I was sort of thinking of writing a book like this, but it was my mom who really encouraged the idea. And since I had a lot of writing stored up, I decided to just organize them into categories to create a book.
Poetry is an important part of Walk By Faith. How do you approach poetry as an art form?
Poetry has a way of speaking what’s in the heart. A lot of times I don’t know how to express myself in the ways of regular structures of writing. Whereas, with poetry, I can express myself in a broader way. I’ve only brushed the surface of this form of art; however, I do enjoy poetry and believe it to be one of the highest forms of art. When I write poetry, I tend to have a melody to go along with it. I think lyrical music is also another way to express oneself in a fashion that says more than normal writing.
Do you have any current or upcoming writing projects you’re working on?
At the moment, I am still brainstorming new ideas, and I hope that maybe some time in the near future I will have a real story to tell!
Thanks to Jenna for talking to us! Look out for Walk By Faith on August 8th, and check out what’s new on her blog, The Narrow Passage.