Janet is a Canadian author who loves stories with strong characters, adventure and hope. Her novels, Heaven’s Prey, Secrets and Lies, and Without Proof (coming Nov/15) are stories of suspense and redemption.
You can visit her website at http://janetsketchley.ca
I asked Janet some questions.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing fiction over 20 years ago, when an idea showed up in my head that I didn’t want to daydream. I started writing to get it out of my head.
And then more came! What does your writing journey look like?
I can’t call it “a long obedience in the same direction” because I was never sure of a calling. It was a long meandering with a few sprints, lots of plodding and some pauses. Every time I gave up, God prodded me back to my feet, and He eventually helped me accept writing fiction as His gift to me, whether or not it would ever be published. Naturally, it wasn’t long after that until my first novel was contracted.
I think God has a wonderful sense of humor! How do you market your work?
I have a local launch for each novel, and I’m thankful that my local Christian store carries my books and hosts the occasional signing. Other than that, it’s mostly online marketing, and I’ll confess I’m new enough at this that it’s not yet particularly effective. One of the most fun things is visiting other blogs like this to introduce myself to new readers.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to hitting send?
I’m still learning this. The first two took a long time, and I was learning as I went. Still learning, but my next novel will have been completed in about a year
Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspire you?
Brandilyn Collins’ suspense style inspires me, and also the way she can include traumatic events as needed without bringing in so many details that it harms me as a reader. I don’t write with her level of intensity, but my goal is to deliver consistent and quality stories that readers can enjoy. Timothy Zahn writes mainstream science fiction, and he has a gift for twist endings. I’m trying to be more intentional about discovering twists for my stories.
I love Brandilyn’s stories. Will have to check out Timothy. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Persevere. Invest the time, and enjoy the process, because it can’t be rushed.
Secrets and Lies page (includes bonus features and purchase links): http://janetsketchley.ca/books/secrets-and-lies/
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