Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Janice Cole Hopkins
What was your inspiration for the story? Most of the time, I don’t know where my inspiration for a story comes from; it just comes. With Simon’s Shame, I suppose a lot of it came from my teaching days, but I can’t be sure. I can’t relate it to actual incidents or actual students.
How do you develop your characters? I develop the characters early, not long after the general idea comes to me. I live with a while in my head first. My stories are character-driven, so my characters tell their own stories, both in my imagination and on paper. I just go along with what they say.
What sort of research did you do for your story, and was there an exceptionally interesting tidbit you knew you had to include? I did preliminary research on Flagstaff, Arizona and the time period (1887). Then I did more research on specific details as the need arose. An interesting tidbit was that in the 1880s, Flagstaff had more saloons than all its other businesses combined.
How are your characters like you? Different? Simon is very different from me in that he wasn’t able to read or write more than a few words. Reading and writing are a big part of what I do. I’m much more like Caroline in that we’re both teachers.
Did you set out to write a series? I did set out to write a series with Simon’s Shame because it’s part
Why did you decide to write a series? As soon as I read the description of the series, I knew this was one I needed to do. A hurting hero who becomes a recluse from something in his past fits my writing style. In fact, I’m writing five books in the series. My first one, Mason’s Memories, is already published.
How has your book changed since your first draft? It hasn’t changed a great deal, but I did find myself writing in something (a note that Simon read or wrote, discussing a book he’d read, reading some instructions, etc.) that I would have to edit out because of his problem.
How do you come up with storylines? Again, that’s hard to answer. They usually just come to me, and if I don’t have an idea already, I never agree to write a book. Out of the 54 books I have on Amazon, there’s only one that I can tell you where the idea came from because a friend sparked it.
What is your next project? I’m working on the last book in the Hers to Redeem series, Solomon’s Secret, right now. When I finish it, all five of mine will be written:
Mason’s Memories - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BNLBXT18
Simon’s Shame - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BNLFP2T2
Boone’s Burden - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BNLCF3Y7
Inman’s Impersonation - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BV7D196D
Solomon’s Secret – coming August 1
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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JaniceColeHopkins/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/J_C_Hopkins
Website/Blog - https://janicecolehopkins.blogspot.com/