Interview With Jack Lewis Baillot



Today I'm excited to be sharing about Jack Lewis Baillot's WWII novel, Brothers-in-Arms which releases on May 31st! You may recall that I was an advance reader and reviewed her book HERE.

If you're looking for a Christian WWII novel that rips your heart out and has fantastic, diverse characters, then you're gonna want to read this. And it definitely needs to be turned into a movie.

To help celebrate the book release, I recently interviewed the author. Sit back, grab a cup of joe, and enjoy!

How long have you been a writer?
I've been writing since I was thirteen. I've been telling stories for longer, both to myself and my brothers. Anyone who wanted to listen to stories about a road who got tried of being driven on and moved to the country or about how bear claw cakes got their names would have a story. When I started to write at thirteen I never stopped.

What’s your writing routine like?
I make tea, put on my glasses if I remember, my wrist brace, music, turn on my fairy lights, and sit in front of my computer in the hopes the voices in my head will be kind and tell me their story. Then I will write for a few hours and when I stop I usually have pages of some person's adventure I never plotted out. (My characters all change my plots so I don't even bother anymore. They assume they are smarter than me.)

How long did it take you to write and edit Brothers-in-Arms?
The first draft took me a month. After that there was editing, re-writing, fixing the plot holes, crying, whining, slamming doors, drinking coffee, more tears, more editing, and by the time that all finished a year and a half had passed. So a year and a half to completely finish it, and a month to write it.


Since Brothers-in-Arms is historical fiction how did you go about researching for this book?
I don't head to text books when I research. Instead I invaded the library for every WWII biography I could get my hands on. I found them to be more helpful as I could see what the men and women were like back then and what they felt. Also I got to learn the stories of many amazing people, like Louie Zamperini.

What are some of your favorite WWII books and movies?
Uggg....this is kind of hard because I have a ton. Unbroken is top and fits both. Then A Higher Call, Band of Brothers and the books the men wrote after that one, the Band of Brothers mini series, Aces High, Moonless Night, Beyond the Call. And then the movies, Monuments Men - the book is amazing too - The Great Escape, Into the White, Defiance...as you can see it is a long list and it keeps growing.

Do you plot out your stories or just write and see what happens?
I did this one already on accident...awkward. I tried to plot...then they all laughed and changed it and I gave up. (Brothers-in-Arms is a fine example of this. All the tears, that wasn't supposed to be in it.)

What's your favorite part of being a published author?
I fulfilled my childhood dream. And now I can go around and shout at strangers, "I'M AN AUTHOR! BOW TO ME!" Not that I've done it yet but it is nice having that power.

Are you working on any other projects?
Always. One I am very excited for. *Tigger bounce*

Any advice for writers?
Don't give up. If you love to write then write. If it is hard that is okay, it gets hard. But never give up. It is always worth it to keep pushing on.


Jack is one of those strange people who calls herself an Author. She spends a lot of her time writing and even less time editing. She likes to write about friendships which is partly how Brothers-in-Arms came to be. More than ten years in the making, this is the book she dreaded the most writing, but which also has the most meaning for her.
When Jack isn’t writing, which doesn’t happen too often, she keeps busy with various other hobbies – such as reading, playing the bagpipes to the dread of her neighbors, and drinking tea – which might not be considered a hobby by most but which should be.
She lives in a cabin in the woods with her dog and a library which isn’t quite equal to Prince Adam’s but will be given enough time and a secret doorway.
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Hop on over to her blog and enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Brothers-in-Arms!


-Emily

8 comments

  1. I really enjoyed this interview, Emily! Great questions. I really like her advice, too. ;)

    (And I have to read Resist soon! I love WWII history - though I probably couldn't ever write it - so I've been meaning to look into it.)

    Amanda Joy

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  2. Wonderful interview! I loved hearing about Jack's writing process. That's a great question to ask!

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    1. I loved hearing about it too! She's awesome!

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  3. Alright, this is definitely on my TBR list. Reading this interview endeared me to the author quite a bit as well, and ahhh WWII books get me every time. (I've just finished Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and dead. I'm dead.) anyway, definitely going to have to keep my eye on this!!

    - Emily @ forthebookish.com

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    1. You definitely need to read this when it comes out! You'll LOVE it!

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  4. I loved this interview--it's sooooooooooooooooo relatable it's not even funny.

    ". . . sit in front of my computer in the hopes that the voices in my head will be kind and tell me their story. Then I will write for a few hours and when I stop I usually have pages of some person's adventure I never plotted out."

    YES. That's what I wish more people understood about writing--I'm not so much "making up a story" as I am listening to (and recording) someone ELSE'S story.

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    1. Exactly! I love what C.S. Lewis says: "I never exactly made a book. It was rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say."

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