The Coffee Corner with Janet Sketchley

A Touch of Relaxation

Welcome back to the Coffee Corner! Janet Sketchley’s captivating the café today. Come on in out of the cold. Who needs ice and snow when cappuccino and mocha awaits? Put in your order and huddle around the fire.

Join us while Janet talks about writing, fun, and her new release Heaven’s Prey.
So without further ado…here's Janet Sketchley.

Interview:

Thank you for coming to the Coffee Corner today, Janet. Even with the bad weather outside, it’s a pleasure to have you.

Before we dig into the writing side of things, lots of people wonder if all I ever do is write and work. I like to do lots of different things. I even play the classical guitar (even if badly). Do you have any hobbies you would risk telling our readers and friends about?

Classical guitar has such a beautiful sound. I'd love to be able to play an instrument, but so far even I can't stand to hear me practice. Reading is my main hobby, but I knit and cross-stitch when I can. Not very risky stuff!

Oh Janet, you’re so funny! In reality, I would love to be able to knit. I can cross-stitch…a little. Knit, no. I would end up with a royal mess. I’ll leave projects like that to the experts, like you. How did you start writing and how long have you been doing it?

I've been writing haphazardly as an adult for over 20 years now, and I started because my husband knew I needed more than being an at-home mom (wonderful as that is). When a friend from church started a writing group, my husband told her, "Janet writes." I hadn't written anything in years, and with a toddler and another baby on the way, the last thing I had time for was another meeting! God, as they say, has a sense of humour. I went, and after a slow start, I'm still going – to the group, and with my writing.

Wow! That is so awesome. And familiar. Although I’m not a stay-at-home mom, I have a wonderful husband like yours who did something very similar two years ago. What an amazing story. Kind of like your new book. Talk about an amazing story. Could you tell us about it?

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?

It sounds like a gripping tale. I can’t wait to read it. But it doesn’t sound like an easy book to write. I know you had to have good and bad times during its production. Which part of the book did you most enjoy writing?

Some parts of the story were pretty dark, and I didn't like to write them just before bed. I think my favourite parts were the racing scenes. I'm a fair driver, not very fast, but I love speed. When I had more time, I watched all the Formula 1 car races, and although Harry never drove in that series, I enjoyed climbing into the cockpit with him to race. It was one of our few "safe" connection points, since he's the villain.

I think I’m hooked already! Would you be willing to share a snippet of Heaven’s Prey with us?

Sure…

     Another gust of wind pelted rain against the kitchen window. Ruth Warner sopped up the last of her homemade chili with a thick slice of sourdough bread. Too bad she didn't have time for a little more.
     The kitchen lights flickered, and her husband, Tony, groaned. "I hope the power holds. There's a ball game on later." He carried their cutlery and bowls to the sink and rinsed them more carefully than Ruth would have done. She'd wiped hers clean enough with the bread. It could have gone straight into the dishwasher.
     Tony turned from the sink, bowl in hand. "Why don't you stay home tonight? It's nasty out there."
     Halifax didn't often get storms this bad. If only she could avoid going back out in it. But since Harry Silver had escaped from prison, her weekly prayer meeting was more important than ever. Ruth grinned at her husband. "It's prayer, not baseball—they don't call rain delays. Don't worry, I won't melt." She tucked a pocket-sized Bible and notebook into her purse.
     Tony walked away from the sink, dripping water on the floor from the bowl he'd been rinsing. He blocked Ruth's way out of the kitchen, feet wide, other hand planted on his hip. His stare pushed her back a step. "This is about Silver's escape. Isn't it?"
     The flat accusation in his voice twisted Ruth's stomach into knots. She looked past him to the front entranceway. "I told Norma I'd pick her up. She's nervous driving when it's windy." She sidestepped around him but he caught her arm and drew her back toward the counter.
     "The truth, babe." His frown pulled his eyebrows into one, his mouth a thin line.

[To read the rest of chapter 1, visit the Heaven's Prey page on Janet's site and click the "free download" button.]


Is Heaven’s Prey the type of book you like to read? I mean, although I write romantic suspense, I read all kinds of books. My Library selection is pretty eclectic, although usually Christian. What fills the shelves in your home?

I guess I'm eclectic about it too. Action, suspense, mystery, science fiction and fantasy are my top picks, and if they have twist endings it's a bonus. I like stories that entertain and give hope, and I try to avoid anything with brutality or sex or profanity. Those ones make me uncomfortable.

I agree, Janet. Twisty endings, entertainment, and hope. I love that combination. Well, it looks like the fire’s dying down, but I have one last question before you leave. What’s next on your agenda?

Heaven's Prey is first in the Redemption's Edge series, so I have to get writing! Book 2, Secrets and Lies, is mostly ready but it definitely needs some revisions.


Thank you so much for dropping by today. It has been a true pleasure.


Thanks so much for having me, Renee!


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ GIVEAWAY ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥





The winner receives an e-copy of her book, Heaven’s Prey. Leave a comment about the blog with your email address. In a week, I'll draw for the lucky winner.



About the Author: 
Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author with a passion for story. She’s also a wife, mom, daughter, and friend,
balancing relationships and responsibilities while learning how faith applies to real life. Combine all that with her quirky imagination to get inspiring novels about everyday women in suspenseful situations, who discover more strength within than they could have dreamed. 


Lead photo credit: HalasiZsolt via photopin cc

Comments

  1. Renee, thanks so much for inviting me to the Coffee Corner today. Love that restful photo at the top of the post! A pumpkin spice latte would be a lovely thing today. I can't make those at home, so I'll stick with my tea.

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    1. The pleasure has been all mine, Janet. Thank you. I've never had a latte. Tea is fine with me as well. In truth, we improvise with our coffee around my house. A touch of hot chocolate here, creamer there, who knows what we really have. LOL Thanks again for stopping by.

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  2. I understand the difficulty in writing dark scenes. In life I am a peace-maker and avoider of conflict. So in my writing I have to force myself to put my characters in messy, sad, scary situations. I look forward to reading how dark you go. It sounds like a powerful story!

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    1. I have this trouble too, Sara -- conflict avoidance in real life does not make it easy to write good fiction :) It's hard to not go easy on the characters. They need the challenges, and readers need the conflict (and resolution).

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    2. I need your email address, Sara. You're the winner! :)

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  3. Truthfully, this is the first time I've really read anything either of you have written and I'm hooked! I am looking forward to winning :-) the book!

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    1. Renee's doing the draw next Saturday, I believe, Marcy. Glad the story caught your interest!

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    2. Everything I've read about Heaven's Prey makes me want to read it. This interview confirms it! Thank you, Janet and Renee. Hope I win! :)

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    3. Thanks, Kathleen :) I wish everybody could win!

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    4. Yeppers, the drawing will be next Saturday at noon. I wish everyone could win it too. It is an awesome book. ;)

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  4. I think I would get along well with both of you ladies since reading is about my favorite hobby too, and I'm not much into the crafty stuff! Heaven's Prey sounds like a great book! I'd love to be the lucky winner! Thanks for offering the giveaway. patti(dot)shene(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Patti, reading's the best hobby! We can curl up somewhere warm, with a nice hot drink, and enjoy.

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    2. I agree! Give me a good book and I'm happy. :)

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  5. Greetings! I'm so happy for you that you have found a vent for your creative side. And your settings sound intriguing! I'd love to be involved in this give away. I'm also an aspiring writer working on my platforming. What kind of platforming do you do? My email is j.l.kemp@shaw.ca
    Loraine

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    1. Loraine, all the best with your writing! I've been privileged to do a number of interviews and guest posts this month (release month for Heaven's Prey) and those have all come about through making friends and connections with other writers. And here I thought I'd only joined writers' groups for encouragement and for what I'd learn about the craft! This is a benefit I didn't expect.

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  6. Drawing in 30 minutes! Don't miss your chance. :)

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  7. And the winner is... (drum roll, anyone?)... SARA GOFF! Congratulations, Sara!

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