When My Mind Winds Up by Jennifer Ervig is a fun and practical guide on how to deal with the sought-after subject of anxiety. We all battle it, some do it on a daily basis. Anxiety is a real monster that must not be shooed away. It is something that needs to be acknowledged and understood in order for us to better handle it.
In a conversation with Bookish Fame, Jennifer Ervig talked about her book, her writing, her thoughts on being an author, and her future plans.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello, I’m Jen or Jennifer Ervig of jensmindunwinds. I’m a daughter of the King, wife, mom, friend, pastor, author, speaker and wanna be comedian – in pretty much that order.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
Honestly, when my brother died 6 years ago. I couldn’t find anything on grief that was hitting the spot – so that’s my ultimate goal and next book.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Sharing what I know with others out of selflessness is what inspires me.
- Tell me something in brief about your book?
This book is organized like a devotional although some of my favorite comments are that “it’s not devotional at all” or “definitely not your grandma’s devo” Haha! I like to think of it as a field guide for anxiety. – keep it on you all the time and pull it out when you need it – I did that myself a couple of times during this pandemic – Anxiety makes you forget what you already know to be true so I needed a reminding by reading my own words. It’s conversational and light-hearted about a very serious topic. I’m proud to say it’s even recommended by counselors to their clients.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
Vodka – I’m JUST kidding! I don’t drink, but um….basically, I just write down stuff before I forget it – then, it all pulls itself together in the end.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
Well my first book was started and finished within two weeks using content I already had for years. So, this one was quite different. It took almost a year of me just setting down to write regularly. I thought up all the topics/chapters ahead of time and listed them out, then when I had time after work or on the weekend, I’d write about one at a time.
- How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
It’s made me brave. Putting myself out there for all the world to see is scary! Now, I’m told I need to create more videos of myself for social media because people supposedly want to see ME! This is my next fear to overcome. haha.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Hey, of course! Leaders are readers. I love Carey Nieuwhof, Jane Austin, Jodi Detrick, Kerri Pomarolli and Angie Kim – are some that come to mind right now.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Start building your social media platforms – and start writing! NOW. 🙂
- Are we going to hear more from you?
As My Mind Unwinds and When My Mind Winds Up are done. Next up – that book on grief. You can also see new things I write weekly on my blog.
*We wish Author Jennifer Ervig all the best for her future endeavors.*