Now I'm featuring Janelle Mowery with a solo book. Welcome, Janelle. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I think there’s a little bit of me in each of my heroines. I’m a bit of a tomboy and that’s in a couple of my characters. I love to laugh and make others join me. I’ve written that in some of my characters. Just little things like that go into each story.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Oh goodness. I guess jumping out of an airplane could qualify as being quirky. Not to mention the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed my skydiving adventure.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I tried to start writing novels the beginning of 2001. At the ACFW conference in 2003, I had an editor, a copy editor, and a published author tell me I had a great story. That’s when I started believing I really was a writer.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love reading mysteries, suspense novels, as well as historical romances. I’ve ended up combining all of those in my historical stories. Most of my historicals have a touch of mystery.
I love that. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I’m glad you didn’t ask my friends this question because they’d probably tell you I’m not sane. :-) But when I need some down time, I spend time out on our property. We have some areas that are almost completely devoid of modern noises. There have been many times I’ve gotten to watch the deer romp, or when they notice me, they will wander close to check me out until they get too nervous. But I also take a great deal of pleasure in just sitting with my husband out there enjoying God’s creation in the peaceful silence.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I would have to say our two sons. They have become amazing young men.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I think I’d want to be one of Kim Sawyer’s cats. She treats them like royalty.
That's right. What is your favorite food?
I love prime rib, especially from Texas Roadhouse.
Me, too. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I have two. Note that I used the word "have." I still fight with the rule about R.U.E…"resist the urge to explain." I have a tendency to over explain in my stories rather than have dialogue and action tell the story. The other is myself…my self-doubt that tends to crop up every so often. I’m thankful for friends that continually encourage me.
Tell us about the featured book.
Love Finds You in Silver City, Idaho, is about a young woman, Rebekah Weaver, who was burned in what she thought was an accident. She thinks she’s healed both inside and out until her father’s handsome new assistant arrives on the scene and she worries he won’t see past her scarred exterior. Nathaniel Kirkland is working undercover to investigate a series of explosions in the mines and businesses of Silver City. As the two work together to uncover the perpetrator, what they find will lead them to the source of true beauty.
Sounds really interesting. Please give us the first page of the book.
“The next time I get my hands on him…”
“…he won’t stand a chance.”
Rebekah Weaver took careful aim at the dark green oval in the center of the rug, then swung the beater with all her strength.
Whack! That was better. Right on target and sure to be felt. She struck the rug two more times for good measure, then stood back and observed her handiwork with a satisfied smile.
“You keep hitting the rug that way, Rebekah, and there won’t be much of a pattern left.”
At her mother’s voice, Rebekah’s smile dissolved. She turned and lifted her apron to wipe the perspiration from her forehead and neck. “I didn’t hear you get back.” She must look a sight—what with all the dust she’d removed from the rug reattaching itself to her skin. “Do you need help unloading the supplies?”
“If it keeps you from stripping my favorite rug of every thread, yes.” After setting one large basket on the porch, her mom headed back for another. “What’s got you riled? I know that poor carpet is innocent.”
Rebekah leaned the rug beater against the house and emulated her mother’s regal walk as she followed her to the buggy. “Your son...” She blew out a breath that could start a windstorm.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can learn more about me on my website, http://www.janellemowery.com/. I’m also on Facebook and Shoutlife.
Thank you for spending this time with us, Janelle.
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