Interview #2 with Janice Thompson,
Author of Every Bride Has Her Day
What kind(s) of writing do you do?
Because I’m a full-time freelance writer, I’ve crossed genre lines to write contemporary romantic comedies, historicals, cozy mysteries, inspirational romances, and even non-fiction devotionals. I’ve also written dozens and dozens of magazine articles and hundreds of blog posts. I’m perfectly at home in every genre, though I tend to thrive with romantic comedy.
What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?
Story-telling is an art-form that has been passed down from generation to generation. I recently spent time with a good friend who’s eighty-four years old. She has the most amazing family stories. Wow! I love listening to her share about her great-great-great grandfather and her four-times great grandmother, etc. She tells her stories with such effervescence that I can’t help but be drawn in. That’s that I hope to do with my stories, too. I share about loud, wacky families, and most of my books deal with culture clashes (what fun!). If nothing else, these stories explore very real (albeit funny) issues that crop up when you throw a ton of VERY different people into the same scene/situation. In my case, humor abounds. Craziness abounds. Good times abound.
How does your book relate to your spiritual practice?
My faith journey is integral to my life. I could no more leave it out of my novels/stories than I could stop breathing! I hope it leaks through on every page. In every situation the characters face I have an opportunity to share nuggets of truth. Oh, what fun I have doing so!
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love the (very real) town of Fairfield, Texas and I LOVE wedding planning. To set a wedding in Fairfield was a dream come true. I especially loved the outdoor wedding reception on the courthouse lawn. Boy, oh boy, did I ever have fun coming up with all of the vendors, etc. What a blast!
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would heal disease. We’ve struggled with a lot of it in my family. My youngest granddaughter has a neuro-muscular disease. My mom, as I said in the prior interview, has Alzheimers. I have autoimmune arthritis. I’d love to snap my fingers and make all of the pain go away.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I hope to write a dog rescue series soon and I plan to keep the Bella novellas going as long as the readers are interested in hearing about Bella’s wacky wedding-planning adventures!
What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
I want to go to Italy.
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