Welcome, Janelle. How wonderful to have two books release the same month. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about the spiritual issues I’ve dealt with, like trust, judging others, hope, grace, doubts, fear, and forgiveness.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I only have one other book yet to be released. It is titled Inn Plain Sight, book three in the Massachusetts Mayhem Mystery Series. All three of this mystery series will be released as e-books in November and December as part of the Spyglass Lane Mysteries line. Readers can learn more about this mystery line at http://www.spyglasslanemysteries.com .
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I think I would enjoy an evening with Barbara Bush (and George). They’ve had so many unique experiences, some time with them would be interesting and informative.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
This is such a difficult question because there are so many I’d like to meet. I chose Corrie ten Boom the last time. As an author, I enjoy spending time with other authors, so I guess this time I’d like some time with either Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott. They made a great impact on the writing world.
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Don’t look at rejections as a negative thing but as a chance to keep honing your writing skills. The agents or editors aren’t saying ‘no’ but ‘not yet’. Take the time to read the how-to books as well as attend writer’s conferences or workshops. Join critique groups. The give and take you get in a critique group are incredibly beneficial. Don’t give up. Everything worthwhile takes effort.
Tell us about the featured book.
When Two Hearts Meet is about a heroine who has studied to be a nurse, mainly because of how her brother died and she wanted to learn how to help others, but Rachel also has a heart for those who are hurting. The hero is a man who lost his sheriff father in a gunfight. Several years later, Luke becomes a lawman to try to stop the outlaws before they can hurt anyone. But Luke is angry at God for allowing his father to die and has built a wall around his heart. When an unknown assailant makes several attempts on Rachel’s life, she finds herself in need of Luke’s protection. As he hunts for her attacker, he finds he has fallen in love and is faced with the fear that he might lose another loved one. He must decide whether he can learn to rely on God to save her, or run from the love both God and Rachel offer.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Warned by the clatter of breaking glass, Luke Mason flung himself from his saddle. Seconds later the sound of gunshots reached his ears. The bullet splintered a branch behind his head. He pulled his pistol and rolled toward the protection of a large pine tree.
Crazy Sally wasn’t so crazy after all. Her ravings during the past week about strange smells and noises didn’t come from an over active imagination but from the cabin in front of him.
The strong odor of cooking mash proved the presence of a working still inside. Luke stood and peeked from behind the tree. A shadow passed in front of a window followed by more shattering glass and clanging. A string of curses drifted toward him as two men argued. Time to establish some kind of communication with those inside.
“Hello in the cabin!” Silence. “This is Deputy Mason. I’d like to come in and talk.”
Two quick, successive shots were his answer. Luke fired back and moved to another tree to get closer. A bullet landed a foot over his head. Chips of bark pelted his hat. Luke took a deep breath and plunged toward a boulder as he fired several rounds. A thin stream of smoke drifted skyward from the cabin.
Luke hunkered down and reloaded as he prepared to dash toward the structure. He couldn’t believe they’d burn their still on purpose. The fire must have started by accident or else they were planning their escape.
With a tug on his hat, Luke spun around ready to make his move. The thunder of horses’ hooves and wagon wheels coming down the trail made him freeze. He squatted lower and waited.
Way to leave us hanging. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me at www.janellemowery.com or on Facebook.
Thank you, Janelle, for the fun interview.
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