Sunday, May 1, 2011

with Janet Sketchley

Attention Canadians: This one is open to you!!

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Janet!
What started you on your writing journey?

My husband squealed on me—to a new friend at church who was starting a writers’ group. At the time I had a toddler and another baby on the way, and what I did NOT have was time to think about writing. But I’d loved writing fiction growing up, and I’m grateful to a supportive partner and a loving God for pushing me back into it.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
If I can get started, I’m good. It’s all the things that claim my time—or distract me, like email—that keep me from starting. I have a little task-timer program called Klok, and it keeps me honest. Once I click “working on: writing” that’s what I do. Barring emergencies, I don’t stop until it’s time to switch to the next task.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
In fiction, I’m a big fan of Brandilyn Collins (Christian suspense) and Timothy Zahn (mainstream science fiction) and the Wheel of Time fantasy books . I read a fair amount of non-fiction too, mainly in the Christian living category.

Did you learn anything from being included in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider?
This isn’t my first anthology, but it’s my first time having a sense of community among the contributors. The support and the sharing of ideas and encouragement is great. What did I learn? Good editors make all the difference. And non-fiction is hard! I had all the sights/sounds/emotions fresh in my mind, but it took a few rounds of major edits to get them onto the page for the reader.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Hmmm… probably folk, because of the simpler musical arrangements and unadorned instrumentation and vocals. But true folk music offers subtle (or not-so) social insights and commentary. That analogy didn’t last long. :)

What is your strangest habit?
My earliest novel notes date from a long-ago March, so each March I make a happy-birthday-to-my-characters cake. I confess this came partly from my weird sense of humour and partly from a bit of petulance… “if I can’t have a book contract, at least I’ll get cake.” Now it’s mostly “thank You, God for lots of fun with my imaginary friends.”

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes. Next question? :) Making phone calls, making appointments (they eat up writing time), doing paperwork.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I like it when extended family and/or friends get together for a pot-luck, often including barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs. Lots of yummy salads and desserts too. This isn’t a recipe, but one of the coolest contributions I remember is the fruit arrangement one of my sisters-in-law brought last summer. She took a medium-sized watermelon and zig-zag-cut it to look like a basket with a handle sticking up. Then she hollowed it out and filled it with balls of fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew), and with grapes etc. As my grandmother would say, it was too pretty to eat. But we ate it anyway.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
The character—and trustworthiness—of God shows up in most everything I write, and the difference His presence makes in the big and the little things of life.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8, NIV
This is a new favourite for me, because God is teaching me to cultivate a spirit of gratitude.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I wish I knew! I have two suspense novel manuscripts looking for a home: The Vilest Offender is about the redemption of a serial killer, and Secrets and Lies is about a single mother’s struggle to rein in her teenaged son, guard her heart against two charming men, and keep a drug dealer off her back.

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Janet is giving away a copy of A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.



Anonymous said...

I'd really like to win this book!

CarlybirdK said...

I would love to win this book! Please enter me. Thank you.

cjajsmommy said...

Please enter my name for a copy of this book. Thanks!

Joanne Sher said...

Please enter me. Sounds like a great one!

Charlotte Kay said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book!
I am very grateful.
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

ann said...

would like to enter to win your book

Janet Sketchley said...

Thanks for hosting me here at the Barn Door Book Loft!

windycindy said...

I really enjoy reading anthologies.
All is appreciated!
Many thanks, Cindi

Anonymous said...

Janet is a very special lady and I look forward to reading her novels when they find a home. I also look forward to catching up with her at the Write! Canada conference in June. (I'm hoping to make it.)

Anonymous said...

I loved the first Hot Apple Cider Book and can't wait to read the second, especially because Janet's storey is in it.
Linda Lewis

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this inspirational book :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

janice keats said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read your books when they are published. I will celebrate with you.

Jan Keats

Linda Kish said...

This sounds wonderful.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Great interview, Janet. Looking forward to reading your story.

Andrea King

Anonymous said...

This sounds interesting. Would love to win it! Thanks for offering it for one of us to win.

apple blossom said...

Yes, include me in this giveaway. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Natalie Gidney said...

Love to hear the journey of a fellow writer. May God bless A Second Cup of Apple Cider!

Charity U said...

Please enter me! Sounds like a great book. :)

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