Sunday, February 13, 2011
I’ve always loved history and would read pretty much anything from days gone by. I also love mysteries and grew up nearly memorizing Nancy Drew stories. Combining history and mystery seemed a natural step as I wrote my stories.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Oh goodness. There are so many sweet and happy days. I dearly love my husband and am thankful the Lord blessed me with him. I believe it’s because of our union that all the other happy days came into existence.
How has being published changed your life?
Creating and writing novels has certainly filled any down time I used to have. I’m much more busy than I used to be. It’s also made me think about doing a better job of organizing my life, but organization has yet to take hold.
What are you reading right now?
I just received Raider’s Heart by Marcia Gruver. She has a very unique and enjoyable writer’s voice.
I love Marcia's books, too. What is your current work in progress?
My work in progress is currently titled Comes a Storm, about yet another tomboy heroine, but this one is out for revenge. I’ve written several stories about feminine heroines. I was ready to get back to a heroine who is a bit more rough and tumble.
What would be your dream vacation?
Oh, I love this question. My husband asked the very same thing. I would love to drive from northern New Mexico up through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and over to Idaho, then on to the west coast and catch a cruise ship to Alaska and spend a few days there before heading home again. We hope to do this within the next two to three years.
I love the states west of the Mississippi, preferably one with mountains. My next work in progress is set in Wyoming.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I used to paint with oils and acrylics, but that hobby fell by the wayside when I discovered my true love of creating stories. I guess now my only other real hobby is just spending time outdoors, though every once in a while I also enjoy looking through antique shops. My mind goes wild when I pick up certain items and wonder who used to use them and what their life might have been like.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Description is what I wrestle with the most. I know it’s necessary to entrench a reader into my setting and help them see what I’m picturing, but I like writing action and description slows me down. I usually have to go back and put it in as I’m editing.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
This is not an easy road you’ve chosen. It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and patience. But don’t give up. Keep working at improving. Get involved with a critique group and attend conferences when you can. When the time is right, meaning in God’s time not yours, you’ll be blessed with a contract.
Tell us about the featured book.
Bobbie McIntyre is chasing her dream of owning a ranch. Jace Kincaid is trying to fulfill his father’s dream of running a large and successful ranch. As the two deal with hardships, rustlers, and distrust, they see their dreams disintegrate.
Sounds interesting. Please give us the first page of the book.
Colorado Territory 1872
I’ll be dead in a minute. Maybe less.
Bobbie McIntyre spurred her horse. “Faster, Mack. Hurry.” She peeked over her shoulder, saw the man’s gun poised at her back. Her heart thudded harder than the beat of Mack’s hooves.
“Go, Mack!” The wind swallowed her plea.
The bandit was gaining ground fast. She leaned lower over the saddle. The cold mountain air blurred her vision and whistled past her ears. Mack’s chest heaved and sweat streamed down his neck. He stumbled, then righted again.
She veered left toward the boulders, pulled her pistol from her holster, then turned in the saddle and aimed.
Something slammed into her back. Her gun blasted before it slipped from her grasp. She hit the ground, knocking the breath from her. A heavy weight pressed her down, then rolled off her. She lay dazed.
The click of a gun hammer set fire to panic. She scooped up a fistful of soil and stones, pushed to her knees…and stared into the steel barrel of a pistol. The dirt in her hand trickled through her fingers to the ground.
She peered around for her own gun and faced another barrel. Two men. At least that answered her question of what threw her from the saddle. The second man must’ve been hiding behind the boulder she’d planned to use for protection. She stilled while her mind scrambled for a way out of her mess.
The tall, scruffy man grinned. “Well, looky here, Jace. We chased a man and caught us a gal.”
Wow! I can hardly wait to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I can be found on my website: http://www.janellemowery.com/ and also on facebook.
Thank you so much, for the fun interview, Janelle.
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