Friday, October 23, 2015

Spend some time with Janice Thompson #Giveaway

Today, we are pleased to introduce you to the illustrious Janice Thompson! We hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as we have!!

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 How did you begin writing?

My first venture into the writing world happened in 6th grade. I’d read every available Bobbsey Twins books and needed another one to read. . .so I wrote one! Of course, I didn’t understand the
word ‘plagiarism’ at the time, but that’s okay! I wrote my first real book in 1994 but didn’t see any of my books in print/publication until 2000. Talk about patience!

Take us through a day in the life of you, the author (because some us picture you rise from bed, calmly pour your coffee, sit in a sunny little alcove, and write for eight hours before getting ready for a luxurious dinner out with your special someone) ;)

Oh boy. I think I actually laughed out loud at this question. I’m a very busy gal. Besides being a caregiver for my mom, I run a bakery (Nina’s Cakes and Cookies) out of my home. I’m also a night owl, so most of my writing takes place later in the day. I have an office and it’s loaded with books. Actually, if we’re being totally honest, it’s loaded with everything under the sun. I can barely turn around in there. I spend hours shifting from my desk, to my recliner, to my porch swing, to my bed, where I do my best work late at night, curled up under the covers. I love it when the house goes quiet at night. What a delicious time to write! Of course, I toss the writing out of the window on Fridays and Saturdays when I don my baker’s hat and apron.

 Tell us where you got the idea for your latest book and why you developed a passion to write it?

My latest book (Every Girl Gets Confused) just released this week. It’s the second book in the “Brides with Style” series from Revell. Book one (Every Bride Needs a Groom) released six months ago. The idea for this series came from my agent. A guy. Yep, you read that right. A bridal shop idea from a guy. And guess what?! It’s a fun, crazy, wacky story, filled with romantic twists and turns. The story begins in Fairfield Texas, one of my favorite small towns in our great state (Texas!) I’m particularly partial to Fairfield because one of my dearest friends lives there. The premise for the series is this: small town girl (Katie Fisher) enters a Dallas-based bridal shop contest and wins the dress of her dreams. Only one problem. . .she doesn’t have a fiancĂ©. Oops! What’s a girl to do?

Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

My favorite character is Katie’s Aunt Alva. She’s a kook! I don’t want to give away too much, but Aunt Alva has a fun romantic thread in book two. Ooo-la-la! Nothing like a little romance in the golden years!

What is the most important takeaway from your book that you hope your readers see?

God always has better plans for us than we have for ourselves. We might think we’ve got it all figured out, we might set our own plans in action, but God’s plans are bigger, better, happier, healthier and better suited to us. We can trust Him, even when things don’t appear to be going our way.

If you were to be offered the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or to back pack deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps, which would you do and why?

Hmm. I once offered my readers an opportunity to go on a Titanic cruise with me. . .a virtual cruise. Because I have arthritis and could never consider either of those things, I would have to do it all virtually! We’d backpack into the Swiss Alps from the comfort of our own living rooms. I’d set up a group on Facebook and invite readers to join me. They’d post pictures of the terrain, the wildlife, their gear, and so on. We’d talk about survival methods and even post recipes for our meals. Sounds like fun, right?

And while you’re on this grand adventure, would it be necessary for you to have coffee or tea? (‘cause we’re split evenly in preference here at the CCC blog)
Tea! I love English breakfast tea, thank you very much. (She says, with her pinkie extended!)

If you had to write your novel long-hand, would you use a fine point Sharpie, a roller ball pen, a fountain pen, or a pencil?

Ouch. My poor hand is hurting already. I’ve been struggling with Carpal Tunnel syndrome for the past few weeks, so I’m cringing as I answer this question. I would use a roller ball pen. I love the idea (and the look) of the Sharpie, but Sharpies tend to run out of ink. And there’s that weird squeaky sound they make as they’re running dry. (Fingers down the chalkboard. Eek!!!) Yep. I’ll take the roller-ball pen, thanks! (Would someone please pass me a wrist brace?)

Your favorite flavor of pie … because we’re heading into pie season!

Here’s a funny twist: As I said above, I run a bakery out of my home. I make cakes and cookies, but not pies. (Isn’t that funny?) I’ve never conquered a decent piecrust. That said, I would choose coconut cream pie—the kind with the whipped cream and toasted coconut on top. (Great. Now I’m craving coconut pie!)

What are you currently working on in the book world?

I’m editing the final book in the Brides with Style (Revell) series. It’s titled Every Bride Has Her
Day. I’m also crafting several Bella Novellas (novellas featuring Bella Rossi Neeley from my Weddings by Bella series). Many of my books are traditionally published, but some of the newer ones are indie published through kindle. I’m on a learning curve, but what a blast!

Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?

Here’s a little scene from Every Girl Gets Confused. To set this up: Katie and her aunt Alva are driving from Fairfield to Dallas, where she now works at the bridal shop. As she drives, Katie is carrying on a conversation with a customer through her car’s Bluetooth. When the call ends, Aunt Alva informs her that she needs to make a potty stop, so Katie pulls off at a gas station. The following scene takes place as Alva returns to the car.

Alva approached the car holding two sodas and two candy bars. She opened her door and grinned as she passed some of the goodies my way. “Figure I owed ‘em my business, since they loaned me their toilet.”

Well, if that didn’t make a girl feel like eating chocolate while drinking a Diet Root Beer, nothing would. We sat in the parking lot a moment as we nibbled on the goodies.

Alva wiped a glob of chocolate off of her lip and tossed the candy bar wrapper into the bag. “Not trying to be nosy, but who was that gal on the radio?”

“Radio?” I gave my aunt a curious look.

“Well, sure. Her voice was coming straight through the radio. Strangest thing. . .it was almost like she was talking to you. Never heard of a radio that worked like that before. But I suppose there’s a lot of stuff I don’t understand about technology these days.”

I bit back the laughter as I said, “It’s a Bluetooth.”

“Bluetooth?” She pulled down her visor and gazed into the little vanity mirror, her mouth wide open. She seemed to be examining the inside of her mouth. Afterwards, she glanced my way and shrugged. “Don’t see anything on my teeth at all, Katie Sue. It was only on my lip. And it wasn’t blue. It was chocolate.”

“No, I meant. . .” Oh, never mind. I put the car in gear and headed back to the highway, determined to get this show back on the road.

“So, that gal on the radio talk show. . .she’s part of a wedding story or something?”

“She’s a bride-to-be and is getting her dress from our shop.”

“Well, that’s what it sounded like to me, but I couldn’t be sure. Pretty good PR for Cosmopolitan, having a big radio star like that onboard. And she’s coming all the way from San Antonio?”

“Yes.” No point in explaining the rest.




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8 comments:

  1. sounds like an awesome and fun book Debi Smith keanusmom@hotmail.com

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  2. I've not read any of Janice's books but I'd love to.
    I laughed when I read about the crowded office. Every room in my house is like that. I just can't seem to let go of stuff. Although I do donate Christian books I've read and reviewed to my church library.
    Arthritis got the better of me in July. Had to have a total knee replacement!

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  3. Welcome to CC&C, Janice! I'm So happy to hear you're a member of #teamtea! Pinkie fingers unite!! :)

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  4. Yes, I've read about 75% of Janice's books. There are still of her back titles (Heartsongs and Summerside Press) books that I haven't read yet. Janice's books are a breath of fresh air and a fun break from all the serious, dramatic historicals and contemporaries.

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  5. I haven't read Janice's books yet, but they look great. I'm adding her to my TBR list!

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  6. I read Fools Rush In several years ago, but nothing more since then I don't think. This one sounds fun!

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