Monday, June 15, 2009

Signing Courting the Doctor's Daughter

I had a wonderful time signing copies of my second book, Courting the Doctor's Daughter a few weeks back. I want to share some photos.

All prepared and raring to go.

Dale, Andrea, Dave and Tyler and Lauren shared in my day.

I taught this fine young man in Sunday school. He shares the name of my hero in Courting the Doctor's Daughter. :-) He and his mom, Mary, also the name of my heroine, stopped in on the way to a wedding.

Friends Carol, Barb, Martha and her foreign exchange student and Val.

Mary Lynn, namesake for my heroine, Val, Nicolina and me holding a rose another friend Carol gave me.

Anchor Room is always very supportive of me and my books. A huge thanks to owners Paul and Pauline Holsopple and staff.
Blessings, Janet

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Author Missy Tippens at Cup of Faith!

I’m delighted to have Missy Tippens, a dear friend and fellow Seeker at “Cup of Faith” today. In 2006, Missy and I were Golden Heart finalists, Romance Writers of America’s unpublished contest. Now we both write for Steeple Hill Love Inspired and hang out in Seekerville and at American Christian Fiction Writers and RWA conferences.

Good morning, Missy!

Janet, it’s great to be on your blog today!
JD: Why do you write?

MT: Why do I write? Well, in the beginning, I guess I did it because I thought it would be fun to try. So I waited until I got my first computer and jumped right in. Then the more serious I became about it (as I started to write for publication), I found that writing was harder work than I ever imagined. The rejections were difficult, too. But the more I wrote and learned and re-wrote, the more I grew to love what I was doing—even though it can truly be hard work! It’s very rewarding, especially once you make that first sale and get your first reader letters. Nothing compares to those wonderful reader letters!

JD: Aren't Steeple Hill readers the best? If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing with your free time?

MT: Probably still teaching. And I would also want to do something creative—maybe making jewelry like I used to do for fun. I would love to paint, too, but I didn’t get the artistic gene my dad gave to my sister. :)

JD: What are you working on right now?

MT: I’m working on a new proposal for Steeple Hill. It’s so exciting to be working on something new! And I just love this story idea. I wrote the gist of the idea in my “ideas” file in 2006. :)

JD: Tell us about His Forever Love, the book you have out right now.

MT: This was a story I loved so much! I just love the hero, Bill. Here’s the back cover copy:
In Magnolia, Georgia, local legend says that a couple who holds hands around the “forever” tree will have an unending love. Even so, Bill Wellington held Lindsay Jones’s hands around that tree years ago…and then left her behind. He chose the big city, and now he wants to bring his grandmother there. But to his amazement, he finds that Granny has a boyfriend—and a vibrant life. A life that includes Lindsay, Granny’s caregiver. Bill never thought he’d want to come home, yet Magnolia clearly has its charms. As does Lindsay, who makes him long for a second chance at forever love.

JD: What themes do you like to write about?

MT: I think I’m not alone in that I seem to have my own themes that keep popping up over and over. Maybe it’s based on life experiences. But whatever the reason, I find I tend to write stories about opposites attracting, about wanting to be loved for who we really are, and reunion stories. And it always seems like my stories have some sort of secret in them. But no, I don’t have any juicy secrets in real life! :)

JD: How has your view of romance changed over the years?

MT: Interesting question! If you’re talking about real-life romance (not in books), I guess I’d have to say I’m a little more realistic after nearly 23 years of marriage. Romance is hard work! LOL It takes effort, and yes, even planning. It doesn’t just seem to happen like it did when we were students and dating. Or like it does in any new relationship. Things like bills and jobs and children make it a little more difficult to keep the flame burning. But it’s something worth working for! :)

Great questions, Janet! Thanks so much for having me today.

Thanks for coming, Missy, and sharing a look at you and His Forever Love with us today.

Readers leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of His Forever Love.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Missy Tippens will be at Cup of Faith tomorrow

I hope you'll stop back tomorrow for the interview with my dear friend and wonderful published author, Missy Tippens. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of her second book, His Forever Love.

Blessings, Janet

Monday, June 8, 2009

I'm posting at Seekerville today

Stop over if you'd like to know more about using setting in your writing to not only enrich your story, but to up emotion, emphasize mood, advance the plot, even as an analogy and a secondary character.

Blessings, Janet

Thursday, June 4, 2009

For a chance to win Courting the Doctor's Daughter

Today, June 4, I'm Keli Gwyn's guest at "Romance Writers on the Journey" and Crystal Miller's guest at "When I was Just a Kid." Click on the links below for a chance to win a copy of Courting the Doctor's Daughter.


Blessings, Janet

Monday, June 1, 2009

A "Coming Out" party for Courting the Doctor's Daughter

I had a wonderful time at the "Coming Out" party that Val and Gene hosted for the May release of Courting the Doctor's Daughter. I thought you might like seeing some of the fun that evening. Val, Lynn and I anticipate all that wonderful food!

Here I am with the print of the cover done by artist James Griffin that's now hanging in my office.

With my critique partner and friend, Shirley Jump. Shirley has 28 books in print. She's taught me so much about craft.

A toast to Courting the Doctor's Daughter.

I wasn't the only one who had fun.

When did a cover ever look so good? :-)

Thanks to all my friends who celebrated the release of my second book and have been a wonderful support over the years.

Blessings, Janet