Q&A: Janet Lee Barton (Love Calling)
We ask Janet Lee Barton five questions about Love Calling (Heartsong Presents): Two orphans separated by life have been reunited but can they rediscover their trust in each other before it's too late?
WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS WRITING LOVE CALLING?
I wanted to show how we must look to the Lord to lead us in all aspects of our lives and to explore how women's rolls changed over time in our society. And I love writing about historical New York City.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH STORY TO WRITE?
For the time frame and setting of the stories I am writing, there are so many ideas it is sometimes hard to choose. But I feel the Lord steers me toward the ones I need to write next.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES FROM THE STORY WHERE YOU DREW ELEMENTS FROM REAL LIFE?
I come from a close family and wanted to show that closeness through Emma and Grace who are sisters, and their cousin Esther in this story. The teasing that goes on between them and the deep love and loyalty they share for each other, and their faith in God all come from real life.
IN LOVE CALLING, WHO IS THE CHARACTER WHO SURPRISED YOU MOST?
The character who surprised me most was Grace, the youngest cousin. She has a mind of her own and isn't afraid to voice it.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I am working on a proposal for the third story in the Love Inspired Historical mini-series, Boardinghouse Betrothals. The first story was Somewhere to Call Home, the second is called A Place of Refuge and will be out in September. Although these stories also take place in 1890's New York City, they are not connected to the Heartsong Presents books, Remedy for Love and Love Calling.