about the author
Janice L. Dick is an award-winning author who writes from her rural home in Saskatchewan, Canada. She writes historical and contemporary fiction, blogs, book reviews, and inspirational articles. In September 2016, Janice became the first recipient of the prestigious Janette Oke award, presented by the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
In 2016 Janice established her indie imprint: Tansy & Thistle Press: faith, fiction, forum, and has since released two more historical novels. She has completed two historical trilogies based on her Mennonite heritage in South Russia.
Do you have a favorite bookish habit?
J: I like to be comfortable when reading. Best place is my cozy corner of the loveseat in the living room with a cup of tea, surrounded by my library of book-friends. I find music distracting when I read, so it’s quiet.
B: Absolutely! Give me cozy quiet and a good book any day!
What are some of the challenges you faced while writing Calm Before the Storm?
J: Calm Before the Storm was my first book (this is a re-release), and I knew nothing about writing, so my goal was to imitate my favourite authors. Neither did I know how much research a historical fiction would take. I discovered how essential a timeline was. And all this was pre-Google. Another major challenge was POV. I was not acquainted with point of view nor how to use it. I’ve finally been able to remedy that lack of understanding in this second edition.
B: I remember a pre-Google world!
What book(s) are you reading right now?
J: I usually have a few books on the go at once. Right now, I’m listening to the audio version of Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes. Just finished reading a digital copy of a cozy mystery, A Fatal Journey by Blythe Baker. I also have an ARC from an author friend, and a historical fiction on my bedside table waiting for my attention.
B: Keep those books coming, am I right?!
What is your reading style?
J: I read mostly ebooks now because they are so simple to use, always available, and often very inexpensive. Bookbub is a great way to grow an ebook library. My audiobooks are for multi-tasking!
B: Can’t argue with convenience!
What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?
J: When this historical re-release is done, I’ll be going back to the first draft of my cozy mystery, Crazy About Maisie (Happenstance Chronicles #2). Then to re-editing the historical sequel, Eye of the Storm.
B: Busy, busy, busy!
What’s your writing style?
J: I am definitely a plotter, so the first draft follows a prescribed process. That takes me to what I call the “bland soup stage.” The manuscript will need lots of additions, rounded sub-plots, fixing timing and clues, and generally re-doing everything.
B: It’s the end product that counts even if you have to stomach a little bland soup on the way! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us, Janice!
about the book
Calm Before the Storm by Janice L. Dick (The Storm Series book 1)
Publisher: Tansy & Thistle Press
Release Date: August 15, 2020 (re-release)
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction
South Russia, 1914.
The world is at war and revolution threatens. Against this backdrop of fear and danger, three young people search for hope and love.
Katarina Hildebrandt’s tranquil life on her family’s Crimean estate is about to change. Tutor Johann Sudermann has found true faith, but it will turn his life upside-down. And Paul Gregorovich Tekanin, working for the revolution in St. Petersburg, finds his choices will demand his soul as well as his wit and strength.
Will they find faith to weather the coming storm?
(1) winner will receive a Calm Before the Storm ebook + $10 Amazon gift card!
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