Happy New Year!
Today I’m excited to introduce Janet W. Ferguson to you. In 2017, I read my first book by her, Leaving Oxford. I love her heart for the Lord and her desire to share her faith through her writing. And, I love her style of writing and choice of subjects which keeps me coming back to read more and more.
Janet is about to release Star Rising on January 4. I’ll tell you more about it after this interview. And you can come back on January 7 to read my review of this wonderful story!
So grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, something sweet (if you can!) and get comfortable as we get to know this lovely lady a little better!
Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to visit today.
How do you go about researching your books? Do you prefer online research or physical books?
I do a lot of interviews with people about their careers or location, and also about a particular social issue I might be dealing with in the novel. Those interviews are kept private, but the career interviewees I often thank in the acknowledgements. I do online research otherwise. A lot of Google Earth travel too!
If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you go?
So hard to choose! I want to go to Scotland, but I think it would be too cold for this Mississippi girl! So I would probably choose Seaside or San Destin, Florida, or Fort Morgan, Alabama. Someplace on the beach near the Gulf of Mexico.
What are you working on now?
I’m starting a story about a character, Davis, from The Art of Rivers and Star Rising. The working title is For the Love of Joy. Davis was such a fun surprise character, I had to give him his own story!
What do you hope to gain from writing?
I want to spread the gospel.
What themes connect all the stories you’ve written or want to write?
I was talking with a friend about this recently. I think my theme is redemption. God’s grace and forgiveness are strong enough to redeem the worst of sinners—like myself—and I use all that baggage to help others. Beauty for ashes ☺
What is the most spontaneous thing you have ever done?
My husband and I were going to elope after dating six months, but we ended up having a wedding after a three-week engagement!
Which character in a book or movie are you most like? (it does not have to be one of your books)
That’s hard, but people say I act a lot like Sarah Beth in my first novel Leaving Oxford—the goofy part, ha!
If Jesus is your first passion and writing is your second, then what is your third?
I love spending time with my family and friends, usually with food involved!
Please tell us what inspired Star Rising.
I’ve known of or heard of people who think a loving God wouldn’t allow bad things to happen in this world. The problem with that assessment is that Jesus clearly states we will have trouble, but to take heart. He had trouble here too, because of the fall of man. In Star Rising, Paul struggles with this. I hope that readers will relate with him and his redemption.
Please describe the setting. What prompted you to choose the location you did?
I take my characters to Ireland!! It was so much fun reliving our family vacation through them! I hope readers enjoy the road trip!
Janet, thank you again for being here. It was so nice to get to learn a little more about you and get a glimpse into your heart.
Series: Coastal Hearts #4
Published by Southern Sun Press LLC
Publication Date January 4, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia, Ireland Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Star Youngblood has always been a fighter-a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she's finally on the path to the stable life she's always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly's neglectful son.
After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn't expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray--a woman he's not at all sure can be trusted--his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul's handled a lot of turbulence, but he's never gone up against a force like Star.
As Paul and Star strive to protect his mother in their own ways, they soon find their hearts are at the greatest risk.