Janice Boekhoff
 

What Do People Ask a Writer?

When people find out I’m an author, I get two reactions.

One: “Wow, that’s great!” Followed by many questions of what and how I write.

Two: “Oh.” Followed by a subtle eye roll and somewhat condescending questions about how easy it must be to use my writing to get rich without doing much work.

Thankfully, the first reaction is much more common, so I thought I would write up answers to the questions I’m most often asked. That way the next time someone asks me, I don’t even have to answer them, I’ll simply give them the link to this blog post (just kidding, I love to talk to people about writing).

Where do you get your ideas from?

Often from television. I love to watch a combination of science shows (think How the World Will End or Outrageous Acts of Science), true crime shows (Dateline or Fear Thy Neighbor), and adventure/history (Mysteries at the Museum or Expedition Unknown). So, my book ideas are really driven by my interests. 

But sometimes ideas will hit me out of the blue when I’m sitting at a stoplight or trying to pay attention in church, and I have to write them down or lose them, almost like God is playing a mischievous game of hide-and-seek inside my head.

What is your writing schedule like?

Routines feel like a too-tight sweater for me, and yet I get more done with a routine. So, I try to be flexible while giving myself freedom to get lost in the writing for longer than I planned or to quit early when I need to go to the grocery store because we only have ranch dressing and pickles left in the fridge. Usually, I write for a few hours while the kids are in school. I wish I could write longer, but when I do the errands pile up. Inconveniently, my kids and my husband need to eat more than pickles and ranch every day. At this stage of parenting, feeding the family is my biggest time sucker.

Where do you write?

My new home office!

That depends on what I’m writing. If I’m creating new words in a new story, then I work best
at a coffee shop with some distractions. But editing requires deeper concentration, and I prefer a quieter environment like the library or my office at home. But as most other writers will tell you, life is busy and you learn to write when you can. I’ve hand-written in the car pool line, in line to vote, and while waiting for kids at the dentist just to get the story out. And I have to get the story out, because that’s the only way it can take life in my books. 

 

Would you write other genres?

This usually comes from people who discover they like me as a person, but don’t like to read the genre that I typically write. The answer is yes, absolutely. I will write the story that comes into my head and excites me, then figure out which genre it fits best in. There are only two that I won’t write due to personal and moral reasons: Horror and Erotica.

Are you rich? How are your books doing? (A subtle way of asking, Are you rich?)

Nope, not rich. Most writers aren’t. In this new culture of self-publishing, there are more and more books produced every year and writers have the same problem as every other business person—how to get noticed among a sea of options. There are wonderful, fantastic books that don’t sell much, and there are awful books that make the best seller list, and then there’s everything in between. All I can do is write the best book I can, try to tell people about it, and leave the sales results to God. 

I could never be that creative, how do you do it? (said with a little bit of awe)

Many people look at art and artists as mystical people beyond comprehension, but the truth is we are just people who have a certain gift. God doles out the gifts and it’s merely up to us to use them. For instance, I have no idea how my son can swish a dozen 3-point shots in a row or how a friend of mine can make a gourmet meal for her family every night because I don’t have those gifts. If I could have picked my gift, for sure it would have been writing first, but I also would have liked for God to give me a beautiful singing voice (He didn’t).

I’ve always wanted to write, but I can’t …

This one isn’t a question, but I’m including it here because it comes up often and makes me a little sad. The words “I can’t” are always followed by a list of reasons why this person isn’t following their dream. The only thing I can do at that point is encourage them to let go of their fear and take the plunge. Writing can be addictive and time consuming, but it’s worth every moment when you hear from your readers and realize your book has really connected with them. 

Happy reading,

Janice

 

The Sound of Silver–Interview with Rachelle Rea Plus Giveaway!

Today I’m joining The Sound of Silver birthday blog tour! I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!

Keep reading for info on how to win a FREE copy!!

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ABOUT The Sound of Silver

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

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Interview with Rachelle Rae

Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed! This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles!

  1. When and where did you first get the idea for the Steadfast Love Series?

A song I was listening to on the radio inspired the title of the first book. So I wrote Diamonds, but when I finished it, I realized to my great frustration that the characters weren’t done with their story, even though I had been quite adamant that I would write a stand-alone novel. But the story wasn’t finished, so I kept writing.

  1. Readers often pick out favorite quotes from a novel. Do you have a favorite of your own from The Sound of Silver?

Yes! In fact, my friend Mindy, a calligrapher, even created a beautiful piece of art from one of my favorite quotes: “Within the pages of books one’s heart can be revealed.”

  1. Can you tell us what first drew you to writing Inspirational Historical Romance?

My first exposure to the genre came when I read Heartsong Presents novels when I was twelve. Those small books introduced me to how much I believe in the power of story, especially love stories set in times gone by.

  1. I saw on your website that you also write reviews, articles and offer editing services. What’s one of your favorite things beyond writing novels that you enjoy?

Editing is such fun! I daresay I enjoy editing a page full of my own (or others’!) words just as much as I enjoy splashing words onto a blank page.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

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Enter using the link below to win a beautiful necklace created by Baubles, Beads, and Stuff and your choice of any one of Rachelle’s three books (the series begins in Book One, of course, but in case you have one or two of her books already, Rachelle will gladly send you the next one to read!).

International friends, the paperback & necklace giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only (sorry!). But do still enter, because one international winner will also be chosen to receive an e-book.

Click here to enter!

Fall Giveaway!!

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

To celebrate the beginning of fall, I’ve teamed up with more than 40 fantastic inspirational contemporary romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! 

You can win my novel, Crevice, plus books from authors like Patricia Bradley and DiAnn Mills.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/contemp-inspy

Good luck, and enjoy!

Janice

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Must Read Historical Romance!

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I don’t normally read historical romance, not because I don’t like history, but mainly because I find a lot of historical romances boring. Many historical authors spend too much time describing the customs of the time period and not enough time developing the story.

That is definitely NOT the case for Dawn Crandall. The Cautious Maiden is an intriguing tale of a redeemed bad boy who falls for the rule-following cautious maiden. Violet is pushed out of her comfort zone time after time and sent right into the arms of Vance (the repentant scoundrel). I loved these characters!

The writing is beautiful and the story is engrossing, so that it transcends the historical genre. This truly is a story all readers would love.

The Cautious Maiden is the first of Crandall’s books that I have read, and I enjoyed the privilege of receiving an early review copy. I can’t wait to read more of her books. If you love historicals, and even if you don’t, this story is for you. You can get your copy and get a peek at Crandall’s other books by clicking here

 

 

Release Week!! My favorite things about Crevice!

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I love a great many things about Crevice, not the least of which is that it’s my first book baby to be published. As I celebrate its release to the world tomorrow (August 23rd), I thought I’d list for you a few of the things I adore about it:

 

  • Two parallel stories, the modern-day treasure hunt and the historical life of the Dutchman 
       
  • The challenge of recreating someone’s life who died 100 years ago and making it relevant today
      
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  • Doing the research for the setting—the Superstition Mountains of Arizona are an amazing testament to God’s majesty
      
  • The main character’s journey is one of accepting God’s unconditional forgiveness, something I think is difficult for us all
      
  • Often, the hunt for the Dutchman’s treasure has ended in tragedy, and I feel like this story is my way of honoring those who have died searching for the Lost Dutchman gold mine, and of course those who still live to hunt the treasure
      

I hope you get a chance to read my first release, and I’d love to know what you think. You can leave a review on Amazon or contact me directly at Janice@janiceboekhoff.com. The discounted price for the e-book ends tomorrow on release day, so if you want to pre-order and save a little, click here.

Blessings,

Janice

 

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