Monday, March 28, 2011

Jeanne Brooks "Across the Wilderness"

We're happy to have Jeanne Brooks with us today talking about her book Across the Wilderness. To learn more about Jeanne and her book, read on!

Title: Across the Wilderness
Cover blurb:Isobel dreams of marriage and a family of her own after graduation from college. Her plans come to a grinding halt when her potential in-laws reject her because of her ethnic appearance. She doesn’t fit into their class-conscious, blue-blooded, American society. Broken-hearted, she retreats to the home of her last living relative, Aunt Betty. When her aunt dies, she discovers a family secret: that she isn’t who she thought she was! Isobel was raised to believe she was part Japanese and part Caucasian-American, but she finds proof that her ethnicity is totally different and that her birth mother might still be living. She determines to seek out her biological family and in the process finds a heritage far greater than she ever anticipated.

1) How did this story come to you?
A close acquaintance, when he was over 50 years old, learned that the man he knew as his father was not his father. The knowledge was traumatic and life-changing. That particular incident combined with my love for other cultures helped me to build this story. As the mother of bi-racial children, I also saw situations of rejection purely because of the appearance or ethnicity and wanted to carry that into my main character’s life.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This book is one of four books, called Journey of Faith, about friends who graduated together from a Christian college. Each book follows one woman on hers. Having self-published my first book (“Through the Waters”) it seemed natural to continue that path for this one, although I chose a different publisher for several reasons.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
 was the first female in my career field in the United States Air Force: Aircrew Egress Systems Repairman,
 worked in a male, medium-high security prison for nine months, and
 married nearly 38 years and have 10 grandchildren (guess that’s a two-fer)

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I tend to work on multiple projects at the same time. Right now I am working on completing the Journeys of Faith, with the third named “Out of the Valley” which I hope to have out later this year, and a fourth, “Over the Mountain” which will be out early 2012 if all goes according to plan.

5) Parting comments?
Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite Bible verse, “I know the plans I have for you, they are plans for welfare and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope.” ESV

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
 Facebook Author page: Jeanne F. Brooks
 Twitter: Author4Him
 Amazon Author Central: Jeanne F. Brooks


  1. I have a friend who just found our her dad was not her biological father. She's in the process of finding him now. I know she'll be interested in your book, too. Sounds intrguing! Blessings to you!

  2. Jeanne Brooks is a new name for me!!! I have not previously seen her books anywhere but am definitely adding this book to my wishlist as well! I am the mother of 9 children and we are a multi-cultural, multi-racial family!! I am Caucasian, my husband is Hispanic, and we have 3 adopted children who are Caucasian/Black and one who is Caucasian/Hispanic...along with our own children!! This is a MUST read for me!!! margieatmijaresdotnet

  3. I know many times as a child I would comment that I was so different from my parents that I must be adopted or I was treated like the outsider. I can't imagine finding out as an adult that you are not what you think you are. What a interesting book this sounds like.


  4. I met my dad at 31.
    He died when I was 32.
    At 34, I feel I will never get over it. I miss him every minute of everyday.
    Worse still, my son is 16 tomorrow, and it's also my dad's birth date. Tough.
    I bet I could relate to this story unlike no other.


  5. wow...what an inspirational book :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. I met my Dad when I was 26. He is still very much a part of my life. Please enter me.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  7. Here's another series of books i will be looking for...would love to win. Thanks for the interview, Jeanne and Dawn! i subscribe by email. i blog about books. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com Marianne from Arizona

  8. The cover blurb is so intriguing, I can hardly wait to read the whole story and find out how it all turns out! Thanks so much for writing books that honor the Lord!

  9. Thanks for entering me in the drawing, I enjoy stories about tough topics and this sounds like one of them.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  10. I am so excited, you are writing about your life experiences and people you have known. This makes the book go to a whole different level. Being biracial myself, it is wonderful to read about people who have overcome negativity. Especially when you are faced with bigotry, and hatred everyday.

  11. Hi Jeanne, Your book is indeed one I think I could relate to. I am the grandmother of 3 bi-racial children and great-grandmother of 3 bi-racial babies; as well as the mother of 3 adopted children, one from a foreign country. I am attempting to write my daughter's story about her giving birth to three bi-racial children, all with different fathers. She is one of my adopted children. We never know what we'll face in our lives, but I too love your favorite Bible verse, and need to remember it during many confusing moments in life. Thank you for offering your book for giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I'll win.

    Sharing His Faith,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  12. This sounds like an awesome book! I like to read books that make me think-- this one definitely fits the bill! Thanks for the chance. I'm an email subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  13. CONGRATULATIONS TO BARBJAN10! You are the winner of a free copy of "Across the Wilderness". Please contact me at my email address to provide mailing information to receive your book. Thanks to ALL participants. BLESSINGS and LOVE, Jeanne