Wednesday, March 27, 2019

When Life Comes at You Hard by Jennifer Haynie

Face it. If you’re a writer furthering God’s kingdom with your words, no matter the way you’re published, via the traditional or indie route, you will face opposition. Promise. I wish it weren’t so. I wish we could all write and that things go smoothly. They don’t.
My most recent novel, Exiled Heart, which came out on March 12, is a perfect example. It was my first novel many years ago via a traditional publisher. When the publisher went out of business a couple of years ago, I got my rights back and decided that Ziad’s story needed retelling in my more, updated style.
I worked hard on it, cutting 16,000 words, sharpening the writing, and crystallizing the issues surrounding this beloved character. My cover designer created one of my favorite covers.
When I came back from a writers’ retreat at the end of February, the fun began.
Within three hours of my return, I found out that my mother-in-law was in the hospital. Thankfully, what was first thought to be serious has turned out to be a result of a cold / bronchitis sickness that has swept through my part of North Carolina. Still, it rattled me a little.
Things at work shifted dramatically. My boss is leaving by the end of the month along with the position he occupies, meaning more work for the rest of us. Things are unsettled, and I worry about the morale of my coworkers. It feels low, and it worries me.
Finally, my print book and e-book went up on Amazon as planned except that for the hard copy, they mismatched the product descriptions—everything needed for someone to buy a hard copy. Thankfully, the e-book link functioned as intended from day one. I found this out two weeks ago after an exhausting day at work.
I’ll be honest. It’s been a struggle to push through this particular round of opposition, which has been fiercer than normal. I like to joke with my husband that maybe this will be my break-through novel because of it. I need to remember three things, as do all of us when facing opposition when writing.
  • God is sovereign. Nothing happens that He does not allow. That doesn’t mean only good things will happen. The tough things are what grow our faith. Those are what teach us to rely on the Creator and not on ourselves.
  • It’s during these tough times that we must run to Him and seek wisdom and comfort in Scripture. This is when daily immersion in His word helps. In those words of the Bible comes the strength we need to get through those tough times.
  • Will this season of opposition pass? It will. And I will trust that God will work things out for His glory and not my own. As it does, I pray that Exiled Heart touches many lives.

What have been times of opposition for you, and how have you pushed through them?


After being an avid reader of suspense fiction for most of her life, Jennifer Haynie began writing and publishing suspense novels in 2012. She has now written over five indie suspense novels. In her spare time, she works for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, enjoys working out, anything outdoors, and loves traveling. She currently lives outside of Raleigh with her husband and their two Basenji dogs. Her website is


  1. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. Looking at my writing journey, I can definitely see times when opposition entered. I am looking closely today for anything that is keeping me from writing.

  2. So good to see you here, Jen! Opposition is not fun, but when I realize my best writing hasn't come during times of smooth sailing (who experiences this anyway??), I see what God is up to in all of it. As you said, it's essential to stay in His word in order to press on through the challenge of writing. Life has much to teach us. Thanks for great post!

  3. Boy, I can relate! Last year was a tough one. We were in the middle of remodeling our house when my last book was released - and my mom was diagnosed with cancer at the same time. She lived in another state, so there was travel involved in order for me to spend time with her and help the family during those months before she passed. Writing? I've been trying to get back to it for months, but the roadblocks keep popping up. Asked the Lord this morning about priorities and where I'm supposed to put my time.

  4. Thanks for your post, Jennifer. Case in point: as I was reading this, I had a call from the hospice nurse at my mother's nursing home. She's okay, but they're increasing her pain meds. Because of her situation, I am understandably behind in releasing my latest novel (then again, it's well over 100K words). I had a speaking engagement with some middle school creative writing students yesterday morning and was telling them how it used to be the norm for authors to release ONE book a year! That's not customary anymore for most authors, but readers were used to having to wait for and anticipate the release of their favorite authors' books, myself included! Stress is hard on our bodies, and I've been more tired as well. But, as always, the Lord sustains. I will get through this season, and my mom needs me more right now than readers need my next book. It will release eventually, but I only have one Mama. I love your advice to run to Him and seek out His word for comfort and reassurance. I do that through my writing, actually (I add Scripture to my books), as well as through the traditional ways. I will check out your books! Blessings!


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