Welcome back, Janelle. Tell us about your salvation experience.
Every evening after supper, the family would gather in the living room where my mom would read a devotion and my dad would close in prayer. At the age of seven, during one of those devotions, I realized I needed to ask Jesus to be my Savior. My mom led me in the prayer where I accepted Christ as Lord of my life.
I was seven when I asked Jesus to be my Savior, too. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
The first would be my friend and co-author Elizabeth Ludwig because we’ve shared everything during our writing journey since we met in 2003. Narrowing down a long list to the final three is difficult. I’d love to spend time with so many authors. But I think I’d love to have Kim Sawyer, Francine Rivers, and Tracie Peterson at a retreat because I so admire them, their faith, their writing, and their work ethic.
I love all those women, too. Do you have a speaking ministry?
If so, tell us about that. I wish I had a speaking ministry but I can’t seem to get past my fear of speaking in public.
A lot of authors are like that. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I’m really struggling to come up with something embarrassing. I seem to do a much better job of embarrassing others … like, I just asked my son if he could think of anything embarrassing about me and he said other than the fact that I manage to mangle my toes from clumsiness, he couldn’t think of anything either.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I’d tell them that writing a book is an admirable ambition. Then I’d add that they will need to be prepared for plenty of hard work and even more patience because there’s nothing easy or quick about becoming published.
So true. Tell us about the featured book.
Always Remembered is set during the time of the very-well-known battle at the
Alamo. It begins a month before
the battle and ends shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto, when Texas won its independence from Mexico. Much
like the movies Pearl
Harbor and Titanic,
I placed fictional characters into actual historical events in an attempt to
help readers see the struggles that
were faced during such a turbulent time as they unfold through the eyes of the
Please give us the first page of the book.
Early February 1836
“Let’s go, Mama.”
Rosa Carter paced in front of the table where her mother sat darning a sock. “Let’s get away from this place. There’s so much of the world yet to be seen. Places much safer than this.”
“Don’t be silly,
Rosa.” Mama glanced up briefly from her
sewing. “You know I just got married.” She worked the needle and thread more
quickly. “I can’t leave now.”
She stopped directly across the table from her mother, hands on hips. “Didn’t that battle here a couple months ago scare you? It did me. We need to leave before something worse happens.”
“Battles scare everyone, child. You can’t run from conflict.” She jabbed the needle into the material with force and winced. “Besides, I’m married…”
Her mother’s slap snaked out faster than a rattler, but Rosa refused the impulse to massage her stinging cheek. “You watch your mouth,
You may be my daughter, but I’ll not let you speak of my husband like that.
Carlos swore to me he wasn’t a part of that massacre. He’s done nothing but
work hard to take care of us. You should be thankful rather than sully the name
of a good man.”
I can’t wait to read the rest of the story. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me on my website, www.janellemowery.com . I’m also on Facebook and Goodreads.
Thank you, Janelle, for sharing this book with us. As a Texan, I'm always interested in books set in Texas, and I love the historical tie-in.
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