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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Janice Thompson and Free Books!

PhotobucketKat’s future is so bright, she’s gotta wear shades.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Book of Days, by James D. Rubart, is:

RedeemedReaders@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit novelist Janice Thompson, author of Stars Collide (Revell, March, 2011).

PhotobucketAward-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published nearly seventy books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. Janice was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house.

She is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online writing courses have been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing.

Please tell us a few random things we might not know about you.

-- I once lied to a fellow camper at church camp, telling her that my dad (Billy Hanna) was William Hanna of Hanna/Barbara (Flintstones) fame. That lie still haunts me, though, to his credit, my dad did eventually work as a movie producer on our co-authored movie, Liar’s Moon. (Yes, it’s true. I got to meet and work with Matt Dillon. Eat your heart out, girls!)

-- As a child, my dad’s idea of a family vacation was a trip to Vegas. I never went camping or slept in a tent, but I did get to see Liberace in person, and even swam with Diane Carroll (at the Sands Hotel).

-- I occasionally bake wedding cakes. In 2009 I baked a lovely four-tiered white cake with strawberry filling and cream cheese frosting that toppled less than an hour before the wedding. I managed to piece together two very messy/ugly layers. Thankfully, the bride did not murder me. It made for a great scene in a later book. (Nothing ever gets wasted.)

How cool about Liar's Moon, Janice! I didn't know you wrote that!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stars Collide.

PhotobucketKat Jennings and Scott Murphy don’t just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom–they are also head over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when Kat’s grandmother, an aging Hollywood starlet with a penchant for wearing elaborate evening gowns from Golden Age movies, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of their control.

Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids tomorrow? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed in-laws?

From the sound stage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes readers on a roller-coaster tour of Tinseltown, packing both comedic punch and tender emotion.

Sounds perfect for the big screen!

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?

Kat lives with her elderly grandmother, a one-time Hollywood starlet who still dresses in movie costumes from days gone by. Her grandmother (Lenora) has Alzheimer’s and is quite a character. Kat loves Grandma Lenora with a deep, abiding love.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Stars Collide is lighthearted, but also packs a punch. Kat’s love story is a lot of fun, but deep, hidden issues with her father threaten to hinder the relationship.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketI would love to see Reese Witherspoon tackle the role of Kat. I think she would do a great job.

PhotobucketMatthew McConaughey would make a great Scott. Together, they would make the screen sizzle!

How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

I have a process that I use called “Word and Phrase Association.” I use it when I’m stuck. Basically, I choose a word or phrase from the first chapter and build a fast scene around it. Then I choose another phrase. Then another. Before long, I’ve written multiple scenes (which I place at the end of the book until I can decide where they best fit).

What is the last book you read that you would recommend? 

I just finished Tracie Peterson’s wonderful new book, Embers of Love. I fell in love with the setting (my neck of the woods – East Texas). I also loved the fact that I didn’t know which hero the heroine would end up with.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing Love Finds You in Daisy Oklahoma while working on a couple of write-for-hire devotional projects.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.janicehannathompson.com
My online writing courses: www.freelancewritingcourses.com
My facebook page: www.facebook.com/jhannathompson
Twitter: booksbyjanice

Stars Collide book trailer

The book is available for online purchase through the following buttons:

733452: Stars Collide, Back Stage Pass Series #1

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

How do you feel about romantic comedy?

Thank you, Janice, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Janice has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Janice's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with April Gardner and leave a comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for her book.

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grammyellen said...

personally i love romantic comedy, whether it's a book or a movie. it let's me escape from everyday life and enjoy living vicariously through the characters. the more romantic comedy in my life the better. lol

Kimberly said...

I love romantic comedies. I wish there were more books in this category. kimberlyj503@gmail.com

Janice said...

Thank you so much, Trish! I had a lot of fun answering these questions. :)

Marianne said...

I don't think i have read romantic comedy, so not sure what i think of them. i would love to try. Thanks Janice and Trish for the interview and chance to win this book. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com. marianne from Arizona

Leah said...

What a great interview!
Oh my word! I LOVE romantic comedy, books and movies!
Stars Collide looks and sounds AMAZING!!
I cant wait to read it!

Merry said...

Romantic comedy in books or movies just make life more fun, I love it! Janice is a master, I enjoy her writing so much.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Sheryl Barnes said...

I enjoy romantic comedy. I find a touch of comedy adds to the dance. I haven't read any of Janice's books, but this one sounds like an entertaining storyline and picturing Reese and Matthew as the characters will add even more to the story. As a book club coordinator, I am always looking for a new author. Can't wait to read this one.

RedeemedReaders at bellsouth dot net

squiresj said...

I love romantic comedy - romance and comedy put together means a good laugh and laughter doth good like a medicine - so good for you.
I have baked wedding cakes so can really find the frustration in a cake falling apart - it is stressful when you deliver that cake.
I have read many of your books and truly get blessed by them.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

splashesofjoy said...

I love romantic comedy, and I would rather it be in a book. I just like reading more than watching TV or a movie. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks to offering it for one of us to win!

by Pegg Thomas said...

I love romantic comedy! And I've had a couple of cake "incidence" that led to me no longer doing cakes. People who have outdoor weddings in humid weather... honestly?!

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Cindy W. said...

I love romantic comedy on the page, on the stage or on the small screen and big screen. I love to laugh. Oh, and to have Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey as your lead characters...Wow! I just saw Matthew's new movie and while it wasn't a comedy he was awesome in it.

I love Janice's work and would love to be entered to win a copy of Stars Collide. Thank you for the chance.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Trish Perry said...

I'm glad to see all of these romantic comedy fans. Sometimes you just want to know you're going to laugh and come to a happy ending, right?

Christina said...

I love romantic comedy. It brings about the best of the two greatest emotions, love and laughter.

Janice, your book sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it.


JackieW said...

I love a romantic comedy....with all the doom and gloom in the world today everyone could benefit from some laughter.... either from a good book or a movie.

JackieW said...

Oops! I forgot to put my email address with my comment....

Pam K. said...

To answer Janice's question, I love romantic comedy in Christian fiction; however, in movies the comedy tends to get rather raunchy or the romantic becomes sexual rather than just romantic. This makes the movies unenjoyable for me. Give me a great Christian fiction book with romantic comedy any day!
I'd love to win Janice's book; it sounds like it would be really fun to read.

Anna W. said...

I love romantic comedy! It is pretty much all that I read/watch. I prefer to escape from the sadness and realities of life, not read about them and watch them on tv. But that's just my opinion. :)

writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

Michelle E. said...

Romantic Comedies are an uplift when your world is not so great. Janice sounds like a great writer! I hope to get the chance to read her books :) Thanks Trish and Janice for the fun reading the romantic comedies you all work so hard on...

Trish Perry said...

I agree about the escapism value of romantic comedy. And it's not just that feeling of escape--sometimes it's just fun to watch something that leaves you feeling hopeful about people and love.

lgm52 said...

I enjoy romantic comedy. It often is a reflection of real life..and it helps to lighten sometimes heavy issues!

rbooth43 said...

I also love romantic comedies! What a great movie this would make with Reese and Matthew. Anything that makes me laugh is a joy for me.

Christine said...

I have to be honest and say I love romantic comedy on screen, but I haven't found that many books in the genre that I like. I haven't read your books but I like the sound of them.

Please enter me in the drawing.

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Anonymous said...

Romantic comedy is fun! I love being able to relax and laugh and just really enjoy the story. Janice, your Bella books are great! They actually made me laugh out loud! I'm very much looking forward to this new series, and would love the chance to win!


Lady DragonKeeper said...

I don't seek it out, but I do enjoy romantic comedy. Generally, fiction with a bit of romance and comedy is always fun. =)


Roanna said...

I like romantic comedy. However, if the comedy is very or always sarcastic, it can get old (especially in movies). But, probably like many others, I like it when there are funny scenes between a couple. Makes for some chuckles while reading.

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Martha W. Rogers said...

You don't need to enter my name as I have a copy of this book. I read it as it was written, and I loved it. Janice is a great comedy writer and has great scenes that will give her readers a chuckle. Whoever wins it will be a very lucky reader.

Jo said...

I love romantic comedies and I love Janice's books. Please enter me.


Charity said...

I like reading romantic comedy so long as it doesn't get corny. I have read a few that feel like a child wrote them and I don't like that. But I love your books! Thanks for the chance at winning this book:)




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