I write sweet, clean, Christian romances with suspense and/or mystery because those are the movies or television shows I like to watch, and those also are stories I enjoy reading. In addition, I want to spread God’s faithful and steadfast message through my characters and their interactions and trials.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
One summer evening before my husband and I got married, we walked hand in hand through Memorial Park in
. The peaceful evening was graced with a
nice summer breeze, which flowed around us, and row after row of fragrant,
colorful roses marking our path. We took in the fresh air while we continued to
hike up the hill to see the memorial for veterans who served in World War II.
In front of the stone semicircle memorial is a statue of a kneeling army man
who carries a wounded soldier. A flagpole stands beside the statue with the
American flag flapping in the wind. The excitement of that quiet night, which
occurred forty years ago, has never left me. Omaha
How has being published changed your life?
I do a lot of book signings at craft shows. People remember me and stop by to admire my costume, which goes along with my most recent book cover. They will say how beautiful I look and readers, who have read my books, will express their appreciation for my writing and the stories I write. For example, one person stopped by and said she bought all my books a few months ago and loved every one of them. In other words, I stand out in a crowd, which is quite different from my childhood where I was so shy I barely spoke to anyone. In fact during my grade school years, I never used the bathroom because I was too shy to ask where they were located.
What are you reading right now?
The One-Flesh Covenant written by S. T. Theophanie, a pen name used by my friend. This is not a book I normally would have chosen; however, this friend has read all of my books. I owe her my loyalty in reading her only book. She wrote this several years ago but was forced to republish it since the original publisher went bankrupt. I have not finished it. Her biblical research states when someone enters a marriage that bond will not be lifted until their spouse dies. Only then can the widow/widower remarry.
What is your current work in progress?
The Librarian’s Secret. This is the second book in my Bonnets and Beaus series with the first in the series being The Heiress Comes to Town. I plan on releasing The Librarian’s Secret Feb. 15, 2020. This clean, Christian romance includes mystery and suspense and takes place in 1896 and is set in
Nebraska City, Neb.
The librarian’s secret … held inside a father’s journal … two hearts intertwine
What would be your dream vacation?
My husband and I would like to visit Ronald Reagan’s library in
Since we are caretakers of our oldest
and nonverbal autistic son, we would have to do this on a long weekend trip. We
would love to do this next year to celebrate our 40th anniversary. However,
getting away for such a trip without our son is going to be a challenge. We
cannot go this far with him because we do not know if we would cooperate in
seeing the museum once we got there. Simi Valley, Calif.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
All my books are set in
. I write about places I have
visited and know. Nebraska
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet and talk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His beautiful story shows us how in
you can rise from poverty
to importance through hard work and determination. My father knew his wife’s
parents. They lived in America .
The Justice also is a big fan of the Nebraska University
of Nebraska football, and in , that is a big
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Singing. I have sung solos and enjoy being a member of my church’s choir. Right now, we are practicing for our Christmas cantata, which relays the story of Christ’s birth through song.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
This year has been my most difficult writing obstacle. On March 21, I carried two coats down the basement stairs. These are narrow steps. One of the coat’s belts got caught in the corner of the stairwell. I tugged on it and missed a couple of steps and landed face down on concrete. For three months, I was on a walker and could not put pressure on my left foot. I finally moved from that to the cane. Right now, I am pivoting from the cane to walking unassisted.
Besides this, my eldest son’s wife passed away in June and now my oldest granddaughter is separated from her husband. It has been one of those years. All of this has hindered my writing and only now has my stamina returned.
2019 has been my most difficult year, too, with a serious problem with one daughter and my husband having seven skin cancer surgeries. But I praise the Lord that He was with us every step of the way. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
I was a former journalist, which taught me to write tight. This helped me in going from non-fiction writing to fiction. However, it also hindered me, for in journalism you deal with facts, no emotions are allowed. Thus, I went for about three years to this critique group. Their input helped me develop my fiction writing skills. I would suggest a new writer go to such a group and listen and implement their suggestions. The more you carry out their recommendations the better your work will become.
Tell us about the featured book.
Courtships and Carriages is the first in my
Plains series. There are three in the series: Courtships and Carriages,
The Bride List, and When Hearts Rekindle.
Courtships and Carriages, a sweet Christian romance, returns readers to the
Midwest in 1893, where men who
drove fancy carriages like debonair Nolan Bradford could make ladies’ hearts
flutter, such as Gwen Ward’s. Her heart raced every time she saw him,
especially when these rides included secret rendezvous, pretty flowers, and
Her decision could be an easy one if only her dear-childhood friend, Russ Knudson, a kindhearted, humble man, a man who works with his hands – a farmer – was not also vying for her hand. He may not be as refined as Nolan, but his feelings were just as sincere, and Gwen’s love for him ran deep. And, if only Nolan was not the son of the corrupt mayor and her father, the publisher of a local paper, was not investigating that mayor.
The answer is in her court in Courtships and Carriages, which includes intrigue and suspense when a trunkful of mayoral electoral ballots comes up missing.
Please give us the first page of the book.
“Be careful,” Gwen yelled to her mother as the snowflakes fell around them. She shrugged, thinking about how these wet flakes had to come as they headed for this boring inaugural. Stepping onto the boardwalk, she planted her feet firmly on the wooden planks dusted with snow before pressing forward. The biting air stung her face and hands. She thrust her cold-gloved hands further inside the fox muff. Glancing at her ma, who wore a blue coat trimmed with fur sleeves, she asked, “Am I going too fast?”
Her mother took a deep breath. “No. I’m able to keep up. I’m more concerned about being late.”
Gwen gazed ahead of her. “I don’t know why the mayor decided to have his ceremony at the train station.”
“Pa said it’s because it’s the city hub of business activity, and the mayor wants to highlight that.”
“But it’s on the other side of town,” Gwen said with disgust. She jerked her hand from the muff to brush the snow off her shoulders. She shivered. Horses hoofs pounded the brick pavement. Gwen turned and stared at the yellow-wheeled carriage approaching. What a beauty. …
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Web site: www.JanetSyasNitsick.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjanetnitsick/
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/janetnitsick
LinkedIn: Janet Nitsick
Thank you, Janet, for sharing this book with us. I’m eager to read it.
Readers, here are links to the book.Courtships and Carriages - Paperback
Courtships and Carriages (Great Plains Series Book 1) - Kindle
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