Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fabulous Friday Feature-Janet Tronstad

Today I welcome 
Janet Tronstad

Enter to win Janet's book:
Lovebirds at Heartbreak Cafe
Alaskan Sweethearts
                                                                                         Scroll to the end of the post to see how to enter.

I've know Janet only a short time and already feel a kindred friendship with her. She's just one of those kind a gals.  I asked her to share with us how God has led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:

An Awkward Partnership

I am so excited to be with you today.

Mary posed a difficult question when she asked me to share the spiritual aspects of my writing journey with you. God, me, and my writing have been, at times, an awkward partnership. I was writing before I knew Him very well and, by the time I felt the urge to dedicate my work to him, I didn’t do it because I had accumulated rejections (lots of them) and didn’t want to appear like I was begging for some God-given favor with the editors. You know what I mean?

I wanted God to bless me in my writing, but I wanted my work to merit publication. I didn’t want a miracle. I don’t know if it was pride or just sheer stubbornness that made that so, but I wanted to do it on my own.

Looking back after some 35 books published with Harlequin’s Love Inspired, I no longer have that problem. I humbly accept all of the help I can get with my writing success. But I think every writer goes on a unique journey with God in regards to their work. Part of my hesitation to ask for too much help from Him came about because of a writer friend I had at the time. Who, although a Christian, was so confident that God was going to bring her a publisher for her book that, when I was offered a contract and she was not, she stopped speaking to me. She could not bear that I had found success before her. It literally shook her faith.

I meet people frequently who feel God has told them to write a particular book. I always tell them to enjoy their journey and remind them there are many blessings in writing besides being traditionally published. No one wants to hear this, but it is true.

Right now I am working on my 36th book with Harlequin Love Inspired.  It’s part of my North to Dry Creek series (the first book, Alaskan Sweethearts, comes out in mid-September and will be on the shelves in October – it’s a fun book about a grandfather trying to make a match for his grandson using an old gold mine to sweeten the deal). I have also just published my first indie book, Lovebirds at the Heartbreak CafĂ© (a story set in the 1950’s about a trucker and a waitress and a whole carload of little kids).

I am happily giving away a copy of either of these titles (your choice) to someone who comments on this blog post and becomes a follower or subscriber of Mary’s site.  And, since we are on the subject, I’d love to know about your writing relationship with God. Leave a comment or a thought.

Janet Tronstad grew up on her family's farm in central Montana and now lives in Pasadena, California where she is always at work on her next book. She has written more than three dozen books, many of them set in the fictitious town of Dry Creek, Montana where the men spend the winters gathered around the potbellied stove in the hardware store and the women make jelly in the fall.

Romance. Elvis. A fun 50's style novella from USA TODAY and PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY bestselling author Janet Tronstad. 

A truck driver (Buddy) and a waitress (Penny) both have enough trouble without everyone in Webster's Crossing thinking they are falling in love. 

A new Retro Cafe Sweet Romance sure to delight you.

Want to connect with Janet? Here's how:

To enter the contest for an autographed copies of 
Janet's Tronstad's book either: "Lovebirds at Hearbreak Cafe or Alaskah Sweethearts":
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Thank you, Janet, for Joining us This Weekend!
I love Janet's spirit. God didn't choose to bless her more. She simply humbled herself and did as He led her to do. 

Your turn: Janet asks us to tell our writing relationship with God. Or change the word writing to what your current interest is. For example: if you are a quilter, how are you able to strengthen your relationship with God through quilting? 

Or just say howdie doo. :) We love to chat here.


Connie Porter Saunders said...

Good morning Janet and Happy Birthday Mary. I enjoyed this interview and both of these books available in this giveaway sound so good. I don't know if this qualifies as writing to God but I still send snail mail and I often send notes and cards just to let someone I care or to offer encouragement or praise on a job well done. As much as I love social media, I still love handwritten notes.
Thanks for another great start to my weekend and blessings to both of you!

Wendy Newcomb said...

I guess I'd have to say my relationship is sometimes strengthened in my reading. The faith that people had in historical times is amazing, as well as the Amish faith. By reading faith based books it encourages me to never give up.

I think Alaskan Sweethearts sounds great, thank you for the chance to win a copy.


Janet Tronstad said...

Connie -- thanks for taking time to write this note! I think letters and notes do qualify as writing to God (not always, but sometimes). Good to meet you here.

Janet Tronstad said...

Wendy -- I know my faith is strengthened, too, when I read some books. Thanks for commenting.

Valri said...

Janet, just wanted to pop by and say hello! Always great to see you anywhere! Miss you!

pol said...

Hello Ladies, nice post today, some great words here to ponder. Reading indeed helps our relationship with God if we are reading the right books. Janets stories are so american-apple pie type in this little town of Dry Creek and they will make you question if your relationship is as close as it could be.
I think that I am a follower of Mary Vee, will ck to be sure. Happy Birthday Mary....
thanks for sharing today comments by Janet.

Paula O(

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you, Connie. Good to see you.
I think people love receiving snail mail. It so rarely comes that the envelope alone is a treasure and the message inside an added bonus.

Mary Vee Writer said...
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Mary Vee Writer said...

What kind and thoughtful words. I think many of us are strengthened when reading in ways we don't always realize right away. Sometimes I think God stores the nugget in our hearts until the right moment.
So loved charing with you today, Wendy.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Ah hah, you two are friends. So awesome. I'm glad you stopped by to say hi to Janet.

Mary Vee Writer said...

It's been a long time since you visited. I've missed you!. What great thoughts...reading the right books is crucial to deeming solid relationships. This is another good reason to read good books. Thanks for the birthday greetings! Don't be a stranger. Love to see you again.

Janet Tronstad said...

Just waving hi to Valri! Yes, Mary, Valri and I go way back to last year (May in Spokane when a group of us got together at Jillian Hart's). Good memories.

Janet Tronstad said...

Paula -- I consider it a privilege to write books that are uplifting (I know there are many kinds of books and I don't mean to take away from any of them, but I think life is hard and grim enough without feeling that way because of a book we're reading).

Valri said...

Yep, Janet is awesome! I love her - and her books! I fell in love with her books first, then when I met her, I already knew I'd love her! :)

Mary Robinson said...

Janet is an upbeat and joyful lady. I had the privilege of meeting her in person over a year ago and her demeanor is enjoyable. Her stories are fun and uplifting as mentioned. Can't wait to read one of her new lines! Yea, Janet...keep them coming!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Mary!
What great words of encouragement! I could tell by Janet's email that she is a very sweet spirit person. I look forward to meeting her in person like you did.
Thanks so much for stopping by. We loved chatting with you.