Laurel Oke Logan, is the daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novel Dana's Valley, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel and her husband have six children and two sons-in-law and live near
Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Janette – Nothing specifically or intentionally. However, I’m sure there is far more of ‘me’ than I realize. My basic faith and worldview are bound to show.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Janette – not much into ‘quirky’ or it was so long ago I have forgotten it. Although in my seventies I have gone zip-lining and white water rafting. Both very enjoyable.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Janette – I don’t remember a time when I didn’t like to tell a story
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Janette – both fiction and non-fiction. Historical, contemporary, devotional, classics, mysteries – but I do like a take-away value, something uplifting rather than dark. I do not like offensive scenes or language.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Janette – have a little visit with family. Make good friends with whom you can relax. Listen to quieting music. Take a walk in the woods. Work in the flower beds. (Not all at the same time!!!)
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Janette – Either very common – or extremely rare or constructed personally for that character. I do often refer to name books for ideas.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Janette – Our four children and the great parents they are to our fifteen grandchildren. In the book world – which I assume is what is meant by your question – the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Presidents Award received in 1992 and the Christian Booksellers Association Life Impact Award received in 1999. My greatest privilege has been to share my faith through the pages of a book. I have found that where I fail as a writer, God can supply through the work of the Holy Spirit so that ministry does take place.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Janette – When our oldest was very young he used to say, “I wish I was a horse. I’d like to be a horse.” Though I love horses, dogs, cats – many animals, I have never wished to be one. If I had to choose… nothing vicious. Perhaps a chickadee. My dad always fed the chickadees at his bird feeders – such sweet, homey little birds – with such a satisfying, satisfied song.
What is your favorite food?
Janette - cheesecake
I love cheesecake and chocolate, too. And chocolate cheesecake is awesome. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Janette – Time. Just do it!!!
Tell us about the featured book.
Where Courage Calls. A coming of age story about Beth Thatcher who was raised in an affluent home where she was doted on and protected to the point of feeling a bit confined and smothered, who travels West to a small, grieving mining town to teach the children. For the first time in her life Beth sees people with problems and genuine needs. Being compassionate by nature she wishes to plunge in – to take over – to fix things. (Welcome to the real world, Beth!) How will she respond? Oh yes, she also meets some possible suitors. How would she sort that out?
Please give us the first page of the book.
The entire first floor of the large stone house had become a hive of swarming bodies. With glasses of pink lemonade in hand and dressed to the nines in long gowns, beaded shifts, and formal tuxedos, the guests bumbled out from the formal drawing room onto the wide veranda in clusters of three or four, buzzing with fresh gossip as they went. As Beth pushed through the crowd it seemed that everyone who was anyone in
society had arrived in high energy, boisterous greetings, arms reaching for
polite hugs, and hands presenting unnecessary going away gifts. Father’s more-than-ample home was quickly
becoming stifling, though every window was thrown wide. But there was not a whisper of a breeze to
lift the overpowering scent of Mother’s lavish floral bouquets on this
For one with a gentle spirit and acute sensitivity, it was overwhelming. Beth felt she would smother if she were not allowed some space – some quiet, some fresh air – if only for a few minutes, until she was able to calm her heartbeat and ease the pulsing in her temples. If only she could slip away.
How can readers find you on the Internet?I do not have an internet site for readers. I welcome letters from readers in care of Bethany House Publishers,
Janette and Laurel are celebrating with an iPad Mini giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on March 4th.
- iPad Mini
- Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
- When Calls the Heart DVD
So grab your copy of Where Courage Calls and join Janette and Laurel on the evening of March 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
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Where Courage Calls: A When Calls the Heart Novel - Amazon
Where Courage Calls: A When Calls the Heart Novel - Kindle
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