One of Janet Tronstad’s favorite childhood memories is of borrowing Zane Gray novels from her grandfather’s book shelf.
“There probably weren’t more than fifty titles there,” she recalls. “It was only a shelf of old books in the back bedroom. But t was the call to adventure for me. I still remember what it felt like to start reading a new book. It’s the same excitement I feel today when I start writing a new book.”
Janet, one of five children, grew up on a family farm near Fort Shaw, Montana, a small town with a population less than 200. This small town and the thriving church she attended have been an inspiration for her popular Dry Creek series of books published by Steeple Hill.
“People respond to the characters I have in my Dry Creek series,” says Janet. “And a lot of that is because of the sense of community the characters in Dry Creek share, especially in the local church. I think we all hunger to be in a place where people know us and accept us.”
Janet likes to write books that show people struggling with issues in their life and in their faith. “We all struggle,” she says. “That’s
why we like to read about other people who are facing problems.”
In addition to the Dry Creek series, Janet is also currently writing books that are set in urban locations.
“The rural-urban switch is one I’ve been conscious of in my own life since I grew up on a farm and then, with graduate school and various jobs,
lived in several large cities before settling in Pasadena, California,” says Janet. “I often have a character that grew up in a small town and
just moved to a big city or the other way around.”
Several of these urban-based books form the basis for “The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches,” a series about four young cancer survivors
who are determined to take their lives back. These books are coming out as Café titles in the Love Inspired series by Steeple Hill.
In another upcoming novel, “Going to the Chapel,” Janet writes about a young woman who grew up in the relatively small town of Blythe, California
and then moved to Hollywood, hoping to find not only an exciting job but also the respect of her family. This book has a scheduled June 2007 release.
Janet holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and published in various national magazines before starting to write novels.
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