Please welcome J.J. Nite to Fuel Your Creativity!
I sewed my first creation at five. It may have only been recognizable to me that it was a bunny, but I was very proud of it.
Fast forward 15 years. After 2 years as a music major, I had decided to change my field of study. To what I still didn’t know. I moved back home to try and figure it out and by November was a little depressed.
My mom recognized that I needed something to divert my mind from obsessing about what to do with my life. She talked me into joining her weekly sewing night with all her friends. While I wasn’t initially excited about sewing with a group of women who had watched me grow up, I was looking forward to sewing a quilt.
I was welcomed with open arms and everyone helped me get started. It was funny to watch them all work separately, but chatter away the whole time. Some of the topics discussed made me blush and I was sometimes instructed to forget what was said.
I was fascinated and a little horrified, by how they worked together. One of the ladies would be trying to make a decision about the layout of a quilt or a color combination. It wouldn’t be long before a “group decision” would be necessary.
Apparently it took a 20 year-old, an outsider, to point out the fact that there was a group decision needed for everything. I would shake my head, point out the group decision, and keep sewing.
Because I could only sew on Tuesday nights, my project was progressing slowly. By the time I was ready to choose a layout, I felt like I had been accepted into a group that was warm and supportive. And then it happened. I couldn’t decide on a layout and before I knew what was happening I had done it. I asked what everyone else thought about my layout. And you had better believe they let me know I had become one of them…before they helped me with a group decision.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J.J. Nite lives in North Alabama with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 5 goldfish. She writes young adult sweet romance for Astraea Press and loves reading as much as possible. J.J.’s also found that if she doesn’t write something every day, her mood is that of a bear waking from hibernation. Don’t worry though, the children have learned to let Mommy write a little before approaching.
Beginnings of the Heart by J.J. Nite, Astraea Press
When Morgan and Cole discover that they are pregnant at sixteen, they don’t know how life will change for them. While Cole’s family is supportive, Morgan’s is not. Rumors spread and uncertainties abound, but they hold to one another and vow to work together. Just when they think everything is going to work out and they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, tragedy strikes this small family. Will everyone pull together in their grief or will it drive a wedge between them all?