Genre: Christian Non-fiction
1. What sort of support system do you have for your writing? Do you connect with other authors in person?
My greatest support system outside of the Lord is my husband. He helps me tremendously with my eBook covers, compiling the books and marketing. But especially he’s my encouragement. I would love to connect with other authors who are also interested in getting books out that relate to God’s word, whether it’s Christian fiction or Christian non-fiction.
2. How did you come up with the title?
I prayed about it. My goal in this book is for Christians to understand more of where the power on this earth is actually coming from. God gets blamed for so much that he does not author or orchestrate. As humans we must also take responsibility for our part but I don’t even feel that humans are totally to blame for everything any more than God is. Invisible Powers – Loose Yourself and Run is about dividing who’s doing what. It’s about understanding more of God’s part, the devil’s part and our part when it comes to power and authority.
3. Where do you get your ideas?
I cannot take total credit for the ideas or things which come to me because I truly don’t think I’m that smart. I only write what I hear and what comes natural as I begin to type. If it doesn’t flow and feel natural I stop and wait until it does. I believe God wants certain ones to take what he’s already placed inside them and get it down on paper and deliver it to the world. I’m only one small piece of sand in the entire sea. It’s going to take all of us to hear everything God wants to say and be obedient to do our part in delivering it to the masses.
4. Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
Yes. I often feel the pain of those going through the chaos of this world. The problems, trials and tribulations seem to get heavier and people don’t know which way to turn. Many are leaving the church not feeling God cares to answer prayer. The message in my books describes different ways God is speaking to us and I also deliver the ways the devil is speaking and trying to imitate God so we’ll stay in confusion and give up. It’s important that Christians understand the power God has left them and also how to use it to overcome obstacles. I believe the writing style I’m given puts these things in a different light so people are able to get it and use it with confidence.
5. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Yes. That there is a God who really cares for them and he’s trying to find ways, many avenues to speak to them and help them. He’s using books and authors to do this. He’ll use a Christian fiction author to draw those who need a break from their daily tasks and perhaps are tired of television and movies. He’ll take them on a journey through the lives of fiction characters so he can move some joy in their life and show them how much he cares. At the same time God wants non-fiction to get an audience as well. Not everyone enjoys reading the Bible at all times. It can be tough in places and people need Christian non-fiction to take them on a journey also and show them God’s love with truth and real life stories and circumstances where they can relate and find some peace and comfort as well as solutions.
6. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
The Series 2 of Invisible Powers will go more into detail about specific problems we are facing as a nation and a people of God. It will break down into individual chapters and detail what the problems are as well as deliver God’s views and His solutions, according to His word. I’m really excited to begin this series, just looking for the time.
7. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I feel it’s a challenge to know that each day God gives me choices along with his words. What I mean is, even though I’m sitting at my computer and I hear a description of something and I’m trying to get it down, I ultimately can choose to not deliver everything I hear. God is not a dictator in that sense. If I choose to write, all on my own, in other words, not with His input, he’ll let me. The difference is, it won’t come off the same and I cannot expect the same results. If I choose to write exactly as I hear it, then God will anoint the words because ultimately they are His words, I’m only hearing them. However, if I elect to change some things around to make them my very own, God does not have to be ‘in the middle of that’. That’s His choice. I love the fact that I have the liberty to choose. I try to stay within the boundaries of what I feel is his voice, not mine.
8. How much of the book is realistic?
All of it. That’s what I love about writing non-fiction. I am so into what’s really happening and what’s truth that when I do write the fiction book I feel I see in my head, I’ll really need God’s strength all the more. From the time I was small I’ve always loved to read what’s real, not fantasy. I realize I’m the odd ball here; most people love fiction best. I believe it’s because we all need a break from the pain in this life. Quite frankly I get my break from watching a good movie on television, go figure.
9. What is the most challenging part of being an indie author? The most rewarding? I would say finding a way to get noticed for your work. Keeping the faith in the interim and believing that God will open doors no man can shut and if He gave you the inspiration in the first place he’s responsible to open doors that need to be open. So, hanging in there and learning to market while trusting God.
I think the rewarding part is in the obedience to get the words into the books and also knowing that when readers are helped and blessed that you could be a small part of that purpose for your life and theirs.
10. Do you have any advice for writers?
Yes. If you have words running around in your head and heart do not wait until you are old to do something about it. There is more grace today on writers than ever before in history. I believe God has made it easier to write and publish in a time when other avenues are more difficult because he has a time table to fulfill his purpose on this earth. God is waiting for obedient servants who will step up to the plate and write, write write. My advice, go for it!
11. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Well, that is a loaded question. I have found the Christian non-fiction genre the most difficult and scarce sources for marketing than any other genre. Many sites do not want Christian nor do they want non-fiction. There are readers out there who want to read in this genre I just have to find them somehow. I’ve tried placing banner ads and inquiries in different places but not many are getting back with me. I am trying to learn to twitter, but face booking is difficult to grasp. Wished I could advise and help others, but I’m not knowledgeable yet in this area.
Jaden Mars is a wife, mom and grandmother. She’s also a Christian Certified Life Coach. In the past she worked as a radio broadcaster, teaching Bible on 3 stations for over 9 years. She lives with her husband, oldest daughter and 3 dogs in San Diego, California. Her favorite book is the Bible. She loves to learn about God and listen to music that’s anointed.