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Janice Hanna Thompson

Janice Hanna Thompson

Genres:
Children's
,
Historical
,
Romance
,
Suspense
,
YA/Teen
The prolific Janice Thompson, who also publishes as Janice Hanna, is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter who writes novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. Her fiction ranges from romantic comedies to YA fiction to mysteries. Janice has written more than forty books, many under the name Janice A. Thompson. She lives in Texas.
5 Questions: Janice Hanna

5 Questions: Janice Hanna

(October 2011)
The prolific Janice Thompson, who also publishes as Janice Hanna, writes novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. Her fiction ranges from romantic comedies to YA fiction to mysteries. Her latest books include the comedy Hello, Hollywood! (Revell Books), the historical romance Love Finds You in Groom, Texas (Summerside Press) and the freshly reprinted romantic whodunit The Wedding Caper (Spyglass Lane Mysteries).

Q: The Spyglass Lane Mysteries all have elements of romance, faith, and suspense—which facet was hardest for you to write? Which was the easiest?
Oy! Writing mystery/suspense elements has always been the toughest. I’m a romance writer, by trade, (and a comedic one at that), so coming up with a romantic thread was no big deal. As for the faith elements. . .they were the easiest thing to add, by far. Annie Peterson’s faith-walk mimics my own, so I incorporated many of the things God has shown me in my own life—the good, the bad and the ugly.

Q: As a whodunit writer who is a Christian, in what ways did your faith impact how you write a murder mystery?
My faith is the most important thing in my life. It, like a great mystery, requires a bit of unraveling. Just about the time I think I’ve got this faith-walk figured out, another “clue” pops up, usually one that causes me to re-analyze how and why I’m living my life. All of this spills over into my books, of course. I work methodically—in many ways, like a sleuth—to make sure everything is in balance.

Q: Tell us about your amateur sleuth.
Annie Peterson is a 50-something, scatterbrained, menopausal mother of the bride(s). At the opening of the story both of her grown daughters have received marriage proposals and two weddings are underway. Not exactly the prime time to solve a mystery, but that’s exactly what happens when $25,000 turns up missing from the local bank where Annie’s husband works. She dives in, ready to save the day. Annie’s heart is in the right place, but her sleuthing antennae rarely is, at least at first!

Q: Do you base your characters on people you know or are they totally made up?
Most of my novels are completely fictionalized, but I must say there’s a lot of Annie in me. (Or would that be, “There’s a lot of me in Annie”?) I’ve never solved any mysteries—unless you count the time I had to figure out which of my two dachshunds ate a jar of Vaseline. I have, however, had to deal with multiple weddings at once. My two oldest daughters both got engaged at the same time. (Did I mention that I have four daughters who all got married within four years of each other? Talk about great fodder for wedding-themed mysteries!)

Q: Who are the authors that inspire you as an author?
I love so many! I’m nuts about Linda Nichols. Her book At the Scent of Water still inspires me. I’m also crazy about Nancy Jo Jenkins, who wrote one of the best historicals of all time: Coldwater Revival. As for light-hearted comedic authors, I love Lisa Wingate, Kristin Billerbeck, Robin Jones Gunn, Kathleen Y’Barbo and many, many more.
 
 

 

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