What is the first book that made you cry?
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is the first story that I recall reading that caused me to bawl my eyes out. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson was read around the same time and caused a similar leaky-eyed reaction. Language certainly has the power to make people feel. Whether good or bad, happy or sad, angry or at peace, words evoke emotion. When I choose to read a book, I’m certainly giving that author power over my emotions for the course of the story and purposely choose stories that are most likely to give me an emotional journey and end with a happy-ever-after because that’s the feeling I want when I finish the story.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Pirating sites are currently a huge issue within the publishing industry. Everyone wants something for free and I get that. I like free things, as well. But the reality is that nothing is truly free. It costs someone something. When an author’s story is downloaded for ‘free’ from a pirate site, it costs him/her their time and energy to have written the book in hope of earning their livelihood. Pirate sites are thieves. They’ve stolen material they don’t own and are providing it for ‘free’. I don’t really think readers who download ‘free’ books are maliciously doing so, but that they don’t really think about that if they want their favorite authors to be able to continue to write, the authors need to be reimbursed for their time, the publishing companies need to turn a profit, etc. When pirate sites provide it for ‘free’ then all the people who did the work aren’t being paid and it makes it more and more difficult to keep putting out new stories. The same holds true for the music industry and probably other industries that I’m not currently thinking of. If something is ‘free’, I stop and ask myself why its free and what the source is so that I will hopefully not contribute to this problem.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends on where I’m at in the story. Writing fun scenes energize me. Such as in Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope when Andrew, Morgan, and Greyson build a snowman, my energy level and mood was high. When I wrote the black moment and angsty scenes, I feel exhausted and drained afterwards. Where I’m at in writing a story definitely affects my mood and energy level.
Tell us a little bit about your book...
I’ve been so blessed to get to write three stories for Hallmark. Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope is the latest in my ‘Wrapped Up’ series. Each book is standalone so that it doesn’t matter if readers haven’t read the first two books, but each is also a revisit to Pine Hill, Kentucky and the folks who live there. In Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope, my hero is a dare-devil firefighter who aspires to become a smokejumper. My heroine is a widowed single mother who likes playing it safe. They’re thrown together helping with a Quilts of Valor Sew-in and with the town’s Christmas festivities. My Butterflies are there, a group of big-hearted, but meddling older women. I laughed out loud several times while writing their scenes and I gave one Butterfly a happy-ever-after of her own in this story. I hope you enjoy Andrew and Morgan’s story and another visit to Pine Hill. Happy Reading!
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About the Author
About the Author
Janice Lynn is a USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Janice writes sweet romances for Hallmark Publishing and writes contemporary Medical Romances for Harlequin. Her books have won numerous awards, including the National Readers' Choice Award, the Golden Quill for Best Short contemporary Romance and for Best First Book, Romantic Times Magazine's American Title, and the Holt Medallion Award of Merit. Janice lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming, their seven kids, her vivid imagination, and an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true princess of the house. In addition to writing romance, Janice is a nurse practitioner, a quilter, an exercise queen, a military mama and a member of and an avid supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Just kidding on the exercise queen.