Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Barn Door Welcomes Janet Sketchley

Is there a story behind your book, Heaven's Prey?

Sometimes I pray for people I see in the news, either victims or villains. One day this question hit me: it's one thing to pray for an offender locked away in jail, but what would you do if you met the person face to face?

The idea wouldn't go away, and the characters of Ruth and Harry took up residence in my imagination. Essentially, I started writing their story to get them out of my head. They're not based on any real individuals, but they're "real" to me J

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Life! There are so many other things that need doing, it's easy to put writing off "for later." Now that I'm writing with a contract and deadlines, it will have a higher priority on the daily list. One thing I do to keep focused while writing is to turn off my email.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I like adventure, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, mystery... Christian or "clean" mainstream novels. I also appreciate Christian living books, and usually have one of those on the go for bedtime reading. Fiction-wise, from what I've read lately I'd recommend The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
Claude Monet – I'm amazed by how he took all those little dabs of paint, so jumbled when you're up close, and turned them into tranquil pictures when viewed at a distance.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
If something surprises and delights me I don't just laugh out loud, I hoot. Lucky for those around me, it doesn't happen too often, but it's usually something inconsequential and odd. Like a recent day at work when I found a stuffed sheep in yellow raincoat, boots and Sou'wester hat.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
I love them all, but autumn is my favourite. I live in Eastern Canada, and the maple leaves turn these brilliant shades of orange and red. We also get yellows and browns from other trees. When the leaves fall, it's a treat for me to walk in the woods and scuff my feet through every pile of leaves I can find.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
As much as I enjoy the leaves, for me the best things about Nova Scotia are the ocean and the rugged landscape.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Sure: making phone calls and setting appointments, preparing my taxes (but they're done on time), and anything that's out of my comfort zone. I put them off, but they haunt me until I cave in and do them. 

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Blogging and fiction, I write about God's tenacity. He never fails us, never changes His mind about loving us, and never gives up on us.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Secrets & Lies, Redemption's Edge book 2, will release in 2014. We don't have a definite date yet. Here's the one-line summary:  A single mother struggles to rein in her teenage son, guard her heart against two charming men, and keep a drug lord off her back.


Back Cover



A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers.

Despite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the serial killer who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t—or won’t—look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end—whatever the cost?





To buy Janet's book:

About Janet:
Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author who writes about God's tenacity and how faith applies to real life. In the non-fiction realm, that includes weekly devotionals and Christian living posts on her blog as well as the story "The Road Trip that Wasn't" in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Her debut novel, Heaven's Prey, is about God's tenacity too, reaching to save one soul and to protect another.

To connect with Janet:


Janet Sketchley is giving away a copy of Heaven's Prey. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)


Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


9 comments:

squiresj said...

Would love to win, read and review this. Sure is different type of story.
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Deb R. said...

Interesting premise for this book. I'd like to read it. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Sharon A Lavy said...

I'll have to say I enjoyed reading this book very much. I am eager to read Janet's next book.

Thank you, Janet for offering this one to our readers. In my not so humble opinion, we need books that stretch us. ;)

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

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Janet Sketchley said...

Thanks for hosting me, Sharon. I can tell you, Heaven's Prey was a stretching story to write!



Jackie McNutt said...

This is really an intriguing story line. Would love to read it
Thank You
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Cindi A said...

The more I think about this book the more I want to read it. Sounds like a true test of faith.
cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed meeting Janet through The Barn Door. Would love to win this book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...


Thanks for having Janet today. This is an interesting topic. I would love to win the book and see how she handles it. Thanks for a chance to read a book by a new to me author. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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