By Deena Adams
I’m thrilled to host Inspirational Romance author, Janine Rosche, on the blog this week. Although I haven’t met Janine in person yet (which will be rectified in about two weeks!), I feel like I know her through interaction on social media. She’s outgoing, funny, kind-hearted and an all around wonderful lady. I hope you enjoy the interview.
Janine has offered a paperback copy of her just released, Aspen Crossroads, as a giveaway. Be sure to comment on this post by August 31 for a chance to win. (US residents over 18 only)
Hi, Janine. Welcome to the blog! Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
Throughout my life, I’ve moved sixteen times and lived in eight different states, yet I call Ohio my home. My husband and I will be celebrating our twentieth anniversary next year. Together, we have four children and two stinkin’ adorable Labradors. In addition to writing, I teach college courses in human development and family science.
Sounds like a busy and fulfilling life. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Astronaut, actress, marine biologist, writer, pediatrician, nurse, Debbie Gibson…
LOL. If you didn’t write, what would you do as a career?
Since Debbie Gibson is taken, I’d get my PhD in Human Development and Family Relations and teach college full-time.
I’m sure that would be fulfilling as well. Since you have other life obligations, how many hours a day do you spend writing?
When I’m in my groove, I write about four hours a day.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
It takes me about eight weeks to write a solid first draft, then another eight to revise it and clean it up.
Seems like you’ve got a good schedule going. How and when did you start writing?
Unofficially, I’ve been writing romantic dramedy in my head since I was in kindergarten, although my teachers, friends, and family called it daydreaming. I began a serious pursuit of writing in 2016.
Wow, you’ve accomplished a lot in the past five years. Why did you decide to write romance novels? What unique challenges does writing a romance present?
I’ve ALWAYS seen life in terms of relationships. As I teach in my courses, our lives are a collage of our interactions with the people, places, and circumstances we encounter. A lot of those bring stress, pain, and struggle.
But romance? When done right, it can bring joy, hope, and comfort. In fact, my biggest challenge in writing romance is not making the hero and heroine too reliant and co-dependent in their relationship. That was particularly difficult in Aspen Crossroads because Haven and Jace have an immediate connection, and they are a team almost from the start. They could easily fall into each other’s arms and ignore the rest of the world, but nay nay. I won’t let them!
Yes, relationships are at the center of everything, right? Are any of your stories inspired by true events or personal history?
My Madison River Romance series arose from the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake. The overarching question in that series is “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” It’s a question I’ve struggled with, especially when I’ve visited the Madison River Canyon and seen the aftermath of that tragedy. But I’ve also seen how the people of West Yellowstone came together to help each other. It was that spirit that inspired my novels.
I think most people wrestle with that question at some point. How do you incorporate Christ and hope into your writing?
Each of my stories pulls from my own struggles with faith. As my characters process events, they face these same questions. Christ speaks to both them and me in those scenes through Scripture. And his words never fail to bring hope to the story in the end. Amen?
Amen! Congratulations on your latest novel, ASPEN CROSSROADS, which just released yesterday! What did God teach you through writing it ?
Aspen Crossroads has a cast of characters that have been victimized by others, and yet, they’ve survived. While I’ve never experienced anything like my characters, I have certainly known hurt. Through this book, God showed me that I am worth more than my past mistakes and the opinions of others.
What a great lesson, and so true! What do you hope your readers take away from the book?
I hope they’ll continue to look around them to see those who haven’t always had it easy, to listen to them, and to welcome them.
I’ll give another hearty amen. Which character in ASPEN CROSSROADS was easiest for you to write and why? Which character presented the biggest challenge?
As a former counselor, my heroine, Haven, needs to have the right advice at the right time for others, while being unable to accept the advice for herself. I feel like that’s the story of my life! That made her quite easy for me to write. Meanwhile, Sonny is a survivor of human trafficking. She has this inherent strength and resilience that I admire so much. She was challenging to write because those are traits I haven’t always had myself.
What was the hardest scene to write?
Ugh. There’s a short flashback scene where Jace is a child, sleeping alongside his mother in the back of their car. It’s winter, and they’re freezing. While he’s too young to understand, I knew that his mother would do anything to keep him safe after that night—even prostitution. Sadly, I think this is a story that is far too common in the real world.
I’m afraid you’re right about that. Tell us what’s next from you.
I’m part of a novella collection with Cara Putman, Teresa Tysinger, and Pepper Basham releasing October 1 called Christmas in Mistletoe Square. My story pays homage to two of my favorite movies, Babes in Toyland and You’ve Got Mail. It’s delightful!
Ooh, that sounds fabulous! Besides posting comments on your website, how can your readers and fans support you?
Join my reader group on Facebook where most of my interaction happens—www.facebook.com/groups/janinerosche
Any last words for your readers?
Share your life with me! This writing gig can be quite solitary, and I love getting to know my readers and supporting them right back!
Thanks so much for the interview, Janine. It was fun getting to know more about you and your writing!
Join the Conversation. Do you enjoy stories that focus on relationships? Are you an inspirational romance fan? What do you love most about them?
Be sure to comment by August 31 for a chance to win a copy of Janine’s new book, Aspen Crossroads! (US residents over age 18 only)
Aspen Crossroads by Janine Rosche
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To protect those most vulnerable, Haven Haviland must trust her heart–and her regrets–to a mysterious newcomer in this moving contemporary romance.
Few in the community of Whisper Canyon have actually met Jace Daring, a handsome recluse who lives at Aspen Crossroads, the farm at the edge of town. But that doesn’t stop the rumors about the multiple women who live with him. He must protect the truth–that his farm-to-table restaurant will provide new livelihoods for women rescued from human trafficking–or he risks the safety and futures of those relying on him. But he can’t do it alone.
Haven Haviland has always been everyone’s safe place to fall until one mistake closes her counseling practice and leaves her open to the town’s gossip. Trusting men has gotten her in trouble before. However, accepting Jace’s job offer to mentor the rescued women seems like the perfect way to right her wrongs.
When the mayor’s campaign to clean up Whisper Canyon targets Aspen Crossroads, the restaurant comes under fire, dangers from the women’s pasts are awakened, and Haven’s sins are exposed for all to see. Jace would sacrifice himself to save Haven and the women under his care, but his efforts might not be enough. And in the end, it might not be the women most in need of saving after all.
Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance and Whisper Canyon Romance series.
When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.
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If you missed last week’s interview with Pamela Desmond Wright, find it here.