Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Promise Tree by Janalyn Voigt, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Promise Tree Series: Montana Treasure #1 Author: Janalyn Voigt Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink Release Date: May 5, 2021 Genre: Christian, Historical/Western Romance A preacher’s daughter shouldn’t encourage a troublemaker—no matter what her wayward heart desires. Liberty has always believed she should marry a man of God, but Jake doesn’t qualify. The promises they’d made at age twelve can’t change that. If only Jake would stop pursuing her, she might keep from falling in love with him. Jake fears he’ll lose Liberty to Beau, the new man in town. He doesn’t trust the smooth-talker—and certainly not with Liberty. Expressing his opinion sounds jealous and pushes Liberty further away. Jake’s efforts to forget the woman he loves lands him in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. A bounty hunter on the trail of a notorious outlaw gallops into town, and Liberty finds herself in unexpected peril. When Jake rides after her, he faces a test of faith. Jake and Liberty must each overcome their own false beliefs. Only then can they experience the truth of God’s redeeming love. Set during a troubled time in America, the Montana Treasure series explores faith, courage, and love in the Wild West. Read this heartwarming story to affirm your faith in love.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Q&A with Janalyn Voigt!
Which of your Published or Unpublished books is your favorite, and why?
That’s like asking which of my children I prefer. I love them the same, but also differently. Every book is a chance to explore a reality greater than my own existence. A fiction writer speaking of reality may seem a stretch, but fine fiction connects us to universal truths.
How do you pick your character’s personalities or looks?
They grow on me over time as I write. Many of them come from my own personality. I find it touching that those are the ones readers mention as endearing. Others emerge from my perceptions of those I meet. Writers tend to be people-watchers, and I’m no exception. Some of my characters spring forth, fully formed, from divine inspiration. I can take no credit for them.
What is your favorite genre to read? What is your favorite genre to write? And why are they your favorites?
My reading tastes have evolved over the years. As a teenager, I read sweet romance novels. From there, I moved to romantic suspense, medieval epic fantasy, and historical romance. I also enjoy occasional science fiction, coming-of-age novels, mainstream fiction, and certain nonfiction genres. I read as I write—eclectically. So far I’m published in medieval epic fantasy and western historical fiction, but in a couple of months I’ll release a romantic suspense novel. I’m considering writing a timeslip historical. A Library Journal review praised my writing for seamlessly crossing genres. I had to laugh. I just tell a story without worrying about genre restrictions.
What inspires you the most?
God is revealed in nature, the place I most often find inspiration. Once I watched snowflakes spinning in the sunlight. It looked like fairy dust! Anything I can write pales by comparison to what God creates.
Once an idea takes root, how long does it take you to write it down? Do you use outlines?
I wait a long time before capturing an idea on paper. It needs to withstand the test of time. If it doesn’t last, I figure that’s no loss. If I can forget an idea, I should. Only an idea that stays with me and develops into maturity gets written down during a plotting session. By then, I know it well.
Do you have a favorite author? Or someone whom you would say has influenced your writing style?
Vintage author Mary Stewart is my favorite author. I never met her in person, but her writing influenced me as an emerging author. I was drawn to her books because the contain the same elements that inhabit my own: history, adventure, romance, mystery, and whimsy.
What are your hobbies other than writing?
I love to go for walks in nature, take photographs, and research my family tree.
Do you have a genre that you would never write?
I’m doing by best to stick to three: historical fiction, epic fantasy, and romantic suspense/mystery. Every genre you write comes with an audience waiting for you to write more of the books they enjoy. They won’t wait forever. You have to keep them coming.
What is one thing you would say has had the greatest impact on your writing?
The passage of time has impacted my writing the most. Gaining maturity as a writer and as a person caused me to yield my desire for publication andf surrender my writing to the Lord’s will. It helped me develop my unique voice and trust my instincts for storytelling. There’s really no substitute for the passing of time.
Lastly, what was your favorite book growing up?
I loved The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart. A young British girl visiting a Greek Island with her aunt stumbles on a handsome young man in a lot of trouble. Forget the movie version, if you’ve seen it. The book far surpass
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