Author Interview – Janalyn Voigt

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Promise Tree

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

Janalyn Voigt

Janalyn Voigt fell in love with literature at an early age when her father read chapters from classics as bedtime stories. When Janalyn grew older, she put herself to sleep with tales “written” in her head.

Today Janalyn is a storyteller who writes in several genres. The same elements–romance, mystery, adventure, history, and whimsy–appear in all her novels, no matter what the genre.

Learn more about Janalyn Voigt and the books she writes at http://janalynvoigt.com

CONNECT WITH JANALYN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

INTERVIEW WITH JANALYN VOIGT

When did you first know you wanted to be an author? 

When I was very young, my father read chapters from classic children’s novels as bedtime stories. Before going to sleep each night, I tried to guess where the story would go next. This is how I first learned to plot. When I grew older and my father stopped reading to me, I made up my own bedtime stories. After I turned in a short-story assignment to my sixth-grade teacher, he encouraged me to write books, That was how, at the age of twelve, I decided to become an author.

When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?

Writing is my only occupation, but of course I perform other duties. Working from home, sometimes it’s hard to separate them. The day that DawnSinger, my debut novel came out, I recall scrubbing toilets. On the release day for The Promise Tree, my most recent release, one of the cats had a hairball…. Life as a housewife-writer can be so glamorous.

I enjoy walking in nature with my husband, reading a variety of books, traveling, gardening, and feeding the squirrels that climb onto our deck.

What is your favorite genre to read? What about that genre draws you?

It’s impossible to pick a favorite between the genres I read most, which also are the three in which I write. I love epic fantasy because vicariously visiting another world makes me think about the world in which we live. Historical fiction allows me to connect with bygone eras in a way that relates to the present. Romantic suspense takes me on adventures and lets me discover new perspectives.

What is your favorite vacation destination? Why?

I find more joy in the journey than in arriving at a destination. I suppose that’s the definition of wanderlust. Can the open road be a destination, because that’s my favorite place to be? Beyond that,

I’ve traveled to many worthy destinations. I love going for a hike or backpacking in Olympic National Park. Walking into the wilderness drives the rest of life straight out of my head. It’s calming and beautiful. God is revealed in nature. Perhaps that’s why. It’s hard to dwell on problems when the rocks and trees are crying out all around you, worshiping God.

What historical figure do you admire and why?

I came across Robert Moran’s story while researching Deceptive Tide, a romantic suspense novel I’m editing and will release in a couple of months. He impressed me as a remarkable man with a brilliant mind. If anyone could and should leave a legacy, it was Robert Moran. But first he had to cheat death.

Robert Moran arrived in Seattle in 1875, an untried youth of eighteen with one thin dime in his pocket. From this humble beginning, this amazing man grew a shipbuilding empire that turned him into a millionaire. He rose to prominence as Seattle’s major and won a second term due to his leadership during the Great Seattle Fire in 1889. He overhauled Seattle’s water system to allow a better response to fire during his second term, then went on to serve as a congressman.

After a long career that saw him building a fleet of steamboats built for use on the Yukon River during the Klondike goldrush and the USS Nebraska, Washington State’s only battleship, Robert received a devastating diagnosis from his doctor. He had heart disease and would die within a year.

In his place, what would you do? I wish I could say for certain that such a pessimistic prognosis wouldn’t in itself put me under. I’d like to believe that I would live my last days on Earth as well as Robert Moran did. Taking his doctor’s advice to retire, he sold his shipyard and moved to Orcas Island. There he purchased 7,800 acres that included 2,398-foot-tall Mt. Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juan Islands. He also owned Cascade Lake, a serene setting not far from the last, most poignant monument to his talents.

In 1906, Robert Moran began construction of a 54-room, five-level Arts and Crafts mansion. The calendar year turned once, then twice, and finally decades went by. Robert Moran lived another forty years and died in 1943 at the ripe old age of 86. Turns out, he’d suffered not from heart disease but from job stress. The lifestyle change he made while preparing to die saved his life, but his story doesn’t end there.

Robert Moran’s friend, naturalist John Muir, had a profound impact on him, as did the policies of President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1911, Moran donated thousands of acres (including Mt. Constitution and Cascade Lake) to the state of Washington. This land became Moran State Park and is beloved by visitors today.

My research into the life of Robert Moran revealed a man who lived well but also knew when to let go. This empowered him to leave a legacy for future generations. Today, the Moran Mansion is part of a resort where visitors focus, as Robert Moran did, on health and healing.

I like to think that would make him smile.

Who did you have in mind as you wrote The Promise Tree?

I thought of readers who need the hope in its pages. Right now, especially, the world seems dark. We need to dwell on God’s faithful love.

As a former K-12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book?

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes to mind. I remember my father reading it to me. Also, I enjoyed the fantasy world and the characters Dorothy met. My favorite was the Cowardly Lion. The book features the triumph of good over evil while affirming the value of home and all the folks beneath its roof.

What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer?

Don’t give up, no matter how underappreciated you feel at first. Remember that every successful author started with no readers, no contracts, and no books. They felt bewildered about how to proceed at times or so discouraged they wanted to quit. Take it from someone who gave in and stopped writing for years after my first book contract fell through. If you are called to write, you’ll never be completely happy doing something else. What published authors do have, I can say from experience, is perseverance. Learn the craft of writing from great teachers. Read as much as you can, and write even more. One day, it will pay off.

Thank you for taking time to visit with us today. It is always fun to learn more about authors.


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