This week, the author in the spotlight is inspirational romance author, Jannette Spann. Her latest book is Right Time for Love.
Brandy Wyne’s future includes an old house with plumbing problems, a new job, and caring for her mother who has suffered a stroke.
Gavin Wilkin has increased his Grandpa’s plumbing business to twice its original worth, but the old man’s got a hot lady friend with greedy hands. How can he convince his grandpa of what she’s after without hurting him? Added to his problems is the responsibility of caring for his seven-year-old niece for the summer.
Brandy can’t afford the plumbing repairs she needs, and Gavin can’t find a sitter for his niece. Ever heard of the barter system?
He eased into Brandy’s drive, looking forward to spending time alone with her. An hour in her company never failed to relieve his stressful day, but when she came off the porch and headed his way, the frown was less than welcoming.
“I’ve got a problem,” she said, the moment his door opened.
“Join the rest of us.”
“I’m serious.” Brandy remained hot on his heels, following him around the truck.
He shoved his cap back. It didn’t matter if he was fed up and bone weary, she wasn’t relenting. “Okay, Brandy. What did she do?”
“Lily said she wants me to be her mother.”
He stopped, glancing back over his shoulder. “What brought that on?”
“I’m not sure. We were playing dress up, and I’d done her makeup and hair. Then out of the blue, she threw her arms around my neck and said she wanted me for a Mama!”
“What did you say?”
“That she has a mother.”
Gavin picked up the shovel and pickaxe, and headed toward the house. Ordinarily he’d use the backhoe and be done in a day, but he needed this job to last as long as possible, or at least until Paul and Clarice got back. Spending time with Brandy was icing on the cake—sometimes.
She grabbed his arm. “What am I supposed to do?”
And now for my interview with Jannette:
1. As I write romances from around the world, I’m interested to know what inspired you to choose your setting for your latest novel?
My last novel was set in Mobile, Alabama. Some of my favourite vacations have been spent on the white sugar-sand beaches of the Alabama gulf coast. Beautiful downtown Mobile is a history-lover’s dream. I could spend a day looking at the giant live oaks, azalea and camellia bushes. Nearby Bellingrath Gardens is gorgeous any time of the year and so romantic I had to include it in a scene. Dauphin Island fit the ending perfectly.
2. Do you find it hard to come up with ideas for stories? How do you go about it?
My ideas seem to find me. I write stories about people with ordinary problems any of us can have – maybe. The fun starts with creating a story around the problem. Add interesting characters, a beautiful location, and my stories take on a life of their own. The humour in my books just happens.
3. How long does it take you to write your first draft? How many more drafts will there be after that?
It’s hard for me to answer this question. I don’t believe I’ve ever written a complete first draft, from start to finish, without editing along the way. Just call me queen of ‘copy & paste’. The number of drafts I do depends on the book and the comments from my critique partners. Needless to say, by the time the story is ready for a publisher to see, I’ve gone through several drafts.
4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time. My family comes first.
5. What do you enjoy most about the writing process?
Some people like the research process, or creating pages of outlines. That’s a necessary process that I have to go through, but what I really love is getting lost in the story. If the plot is good, and the characters I’ve created are believable, then when I get lost in the story I’m thinking my readers will too. That’s when I know I’ve got a good book.
6. Is there a recurring theme in your novels or is each one completely different?
I write Inspirational Romance. My stories are always as different as the individual characters I place in each of them. The problems my hero and heroine face are always unique and so are the ways they’re solved, but the underlying theme for my books is the same as it is in real life – God is in control.
7. Have you started work on your next novel yet? If so, can you tell us anything about it?
My current work in process takes place in northwest Alabama. A retirement home and a farm make up the setting. The heroine is an LPN working on her RN degree. The hero is a restaurant owner who’s taken over the running of the family farm. The only thing they seem to have in common is their love for old people.
Born and raised in northwest Alabama, Jannette Spann is a retired hospital ward clerk. Married to the man of her dreams for the past forty-eight years, she is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her love of writing began when she was in the fourth grade, and she loves to write about family, love and loyalty.
Jannette is a member of Heart of Dixie, the North Alabama Chapter of Romance Writers of America. She won her first writing contest in 1999, but it wasn’t until after retirement in 2012 that she began to pursue writing in earnest. Eight months later her first book, Hidden Hills, was published by Astraea Press. She loves the beach, but when at home, her idea of summer fun consists of a cool breeze, a cold glass of tea, and sharing the front porch swing with her husband, Mike. In winter, she gladly trades the swing for a rocker in front of the fireplace and the tea for a cup of hot coffee.
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