Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SECRETS AND LIES - Janet Sketchley - One Free Book

Bio: Janet Sketchley is the author of Heaven's Prey and Secrets and Lies, two novels of suspense and redemption. She also blogs about faith and books. Janet loves adventure stories, worship music, tea, and Formula 1 racing. Like Carol in Secrets and Lies, she loves music and tea. Unlike Carol, Janet isn't related to a dangerous offender, has a happy home life, and has never been threatened by a drug lord. May those tidbits continue to hold true! You can find Janet online at janetsketchley.ca. Fans of Christian suspense are invited to join Janet's writing journey through her monthly newsletter: bit.ly/JanetSketchleyNews.

Welcome back, Janet. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I like to explore how Christians face their problems, or how a non-believer might discover the difference Christ makes. And suspense or adventure just makes the story more fun for me.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day I married my high school sweetheart J Our sons' births and holding my first novel were pretty special too!

How has being published changed your life?
Being signed by a traditional publisher gave me a sense of validation as an author, and reader response has strengthened that. I'm more confident in that role now, which is good because promotion is a new part of my life. Striking out on my own as an independent (self-published) author has taught me many new things about the process and increased my confidence as I hold the finished product in my hands.

What are you reading right now?
I'm reading a non-fiction book, Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking, by Susan Cain. And I'm about to dive into Davis Bunn's new suspense novel, The Patmos Deception.

What is your current work in progress?
I'm working on book 3 of the Redemption's Edge series, No Safe Place. Right now I'm in that exciting discovery phase.

What would be your dream vacation?
Viking Cruises just announced a new ocean cruise, Into the Midnight Sun, that explores the Norwegian fjords and follows the Viking routes to Scotland. My husband and I have been dreaming about this one. Not sure if I'd like the bigger ocean vessels, but we loved our European river cruise this year!

That sounds like fun, since my father’s family are descendants of the Vikings. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Significant parts of my first novel, and most of the one I'm working on now, are set in Nova Scotia, Canada. This is my home turf, and it feels easier to write about it. Other settings are chosen by the plot. For example, Secrets and Lies is set in Toronto, Canada, because that's where the heroine, Carol, and her brother grew up. They grew up there because in Heaven's Prey I wanted a large Canadian city with reasonable road access to the eastern US.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My favourite living author is Timothy Zahn, science fiction writer and master of the twist ending. I'm sure he could teach me a few things to improve my storycraft.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I enjoy knitting and cross-stitch, a fine cup of tea, and worship music.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Right now it's making time to actually write, instead of networking, marketing, and all the other things that go with being an author. My strategy is to write first, after a brief check of email, and to tackle the other things later in the day. I've set Monday evenings aside for writing weekly blog posts, so the short-term deadlines don't crowd out the long-term novel progress.

Sounds like a good plan to me. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Keep writing, connect with other writers, and keep learning. Consciously enjoy the process, instead of investing all your hope in publication. Also, it's an advantage to have two or even more manuscripts ready to go when your first one is accepted, because you'll have a lot less time to write once the edits and the promotion begin. The editing process is your friend, because fresh eyes will see many things yours have missed.

Tell us about the featured book.
A single mother must protect her teenage son—from organized crime and from himself.

Carol Daniels thinks she out-ran her enemies, until a detective arrives at her door with a warning from her convict brother. Minor incidents take on a sinister meaning. An anonymous phone call warns her not to hide again.

Now she must cooperate with a drug lord while the police work to trap him. Carol has always handled crisis alone, but this one might break her. Late-night deejay Joey Hill offers friendship and moral support. Can she trust him? One thing's certain. She can't risk prayer.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Carol jolted upright, eyes wide in the dark. She searched for familiar touchstones to pull her back to reality. The faint light outlining her bedroom curtains. The red digits on her clock radio, mocking her with the hours left until dawn. The two dark rectangles on her bureau — Paul's and Keith's school photos.

Her hands ached. It took a conscious act of will to release her two-fisted grip on the sheets.


The afterimages of Carol's dream burned in her imagination. Her sixteen-year-old son, larger than life on a brightly-lit stage, arms raised to embrace the crowd's cheers, electric guitar draped low across his hips. An oversized brown leather jacket hung open over his faded T-shirt and jeans.

Carol knew that jacket. Butter-soft Italian calfskin, steeped in beer and Old Spice, nicked and scraped here and there and with a cigarette burn inside the left cuff.

Skip's jacket. Paul's father's.
In her dream she'd stood beside her son, but Paul only had eyes for his fans. An almost palpable energy radiated from his body — the same power trip that took Skip whenever he performed. With the same cost to those who loved him.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
The best place to find me is my website: http://janetsketchley.ca/, and readers interested in suspense can sign up for my monthly newsletter at http://bit.ly/JanetSketchleyNews.
Other relevant links:
Amazon Author Central: www.amazon.com/author/janetsketchley

Thank you, Janet, for sharing this new book with us.

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Caryl Kane said...

Hello Lena, I enjoyed the interview with Janet. Christian suspense is one of my favorite genres! I'm looking forward to reading "Secrets & Lies".

Caryl in TEXAS

Deanna Stevens said...

I do like Christian suspense & this sounds like one I'd enjoy ;)
deeS from NEBR

Janet Sketchley said...

Caryl and Deanna, thanks for entering. There's so much variety, even in the Christian suspense genre, from sweet to terrifying. I think this one's somewhere in the middle, plus it has romance in there too.

Cindi A said...

Looks like this book is right up my alley. I've really just started reading suspense and love it.
Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Secrets and Lies.

Cindi Altman from Pennsylvania

Melanie Backus said...

Great interview, Lena! This one sounds great !

Melanie Backus, TX

Janet Sketchley said...

Cindi and Melanie, thanks for entering.

Everyone, I'd be interested to hear some of your Christian suspense picks... even though my e-reader has plenty of choices already :)

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This sounds so good! Love to win it! Shelia from MS

Cindy W. said...

The first page has grabbed my interest. I would love to win a copy.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Janet Sketchley said...

Linda, Shelia and Cindy, thanks for your interest! Wish I had more than one copy to give away here...

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

Janet Sketchley said...

Hi, Sharon! Great to see people from so many different places! I'm in Nova Scotia, and perhaps the only Canadian here so far...

sm said...

Janet, you look a lot like the Amish author, Wanda Brunstetter, I think. I would enjoy your suspense book and would review it on websites you request. sm California wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

kam110476 said...

Secrets & Lies sounds wonderful! I've been Paul before in my own way and would really like to find out how his and Carol's stories turns out! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Janet Sketchley said...

SM, I just looked up a picture of Wanda Brunstetter -- thank you! Thanks for bringing up reviews, too. Word of mouth is a great way to support the books we enjoy, and just a few sentences on Amazon, Goodreads, or anywhere that you spend time online or in person can help other people discover new books.

Janet Sketchley said...

Kristen, you'll definitely be able to relate, then. I hope your story turned out well :)

Sierra Faith said...

I've never seen this book before or heard of the author! But it sounds really good!

Janet Sketchley said...

Hi, Sierra! This is why I love blogs like Lena's -- readers get to find new writers. Of course, it's not so good for our to-read piles. Mine's out of control right now.

rubynreba said...

A book with suspense and romance is always interesting. Secrets and Lies will live up to this, I'm sure.
Beth from IA

Janet Sketchley said...

Thanks for entering the draw, Beth. Have a great weekend!

joy said...

I would love to win this for our church's new library.

Abigail Richmond said...

Looks like a great read! Please enter me!


Janet Sketchley said...

Joy and Abigail -- thanks for entering! Joy, what a great way to boost a church's library!

Library Lady said...

From one Janet to another we have your book, "Heavens Prey" in the church library.
Looking forward to reading, "Secrets and Lies".
Janet E.

Janet Sketchley said...

Hi Janet E -- I'm sure you're warmer in Florida than I am in Nova Scotia tonight. It's not snowing yet, though!

I'm glad to hear Heaven's Prey is in your church library... and a tiny bit envious of churches with libraries...