My New Release – Stardust Dreams by S. B. Redstone
Stardust Dreams is an extraordinary love story about courage, hope, faith, and unknown destinies. Sage Saint Charles lived a wild and notorious life in Hollywood before she became a social recluse. Sage has regrets, more regrets than a person should have. When her drowsy eyes open, in hospice care, an unfamiliar old man is standing at her bedside. Lance Forrester is a dreamer. After a celebrated career as an astronaut, he will seek his destiny in the stars. He hopes to convince Sage to join him on his quest to attain immortality. “Sure, we can die here on Earth.” Lance says. “We can die in space. Or—we can awaken on a remote and caring world that saves us! We are the captains of our fate—not the Grim Reaper—yet!”
My Special Guest this week is Janet Lane Walters. She is the talented author of many fine novels of various genres including The Doctor’s Dilemma, Pursuing Doctor West, Bast’s Warrior, and A Marriage Takes Two. Thankfully, in her busy schedule, she has granted time to be interviewed. Imagine that I have a microphone in my hand.
Let’s get to know Janet Lane Walters
“I am a nurse who’s been spinning tales for years, especially when many of the people whose stories I tell are involved in the medical profession. Since dark nights on the front porch of the house where I lived and in the garage where my friends put on the plays I wrote, I’ve been a story-teller. That was my beginning and there were other steps along the way. Take third grade and my book report. I choose “Anna Karenina” and ended the book with these words; “She loved him so she threw herself under a train. There are a lot of things she could have done other than that dumb thing.” After telling me I couldn’t read that book, my teacher informed me I couldn’t change the ending. My next experience with the world of critiquing came during my pursuit of a career as a nurse. I wrote a care study of a little boy I’d come to love. My instructor told me this was a scientific study and I should not have included emotional elements. After graduating, I married. My husband, a doctor, and I ended up in a small town where the Public Health service had a hospital. In the town was a small library. Within two months, I’d read every book and needed something to do. For Christmas, my husband bought me a typewriter and a ream of paper. Faced with a blank page, I began to write, badly at first. My first attempts were short stories, many published. Then I received a rejection that says this sounds like a synopsis of a novel. Once again, I learned. Three books and four children later, I returned to nursing to send those children to college. Once that was accomplished, I returned to exploring the world where I can change the ending, put in emotional elements and write the things I’d like to read.”
Meet The Author
You are the Eclectic Writer. Tell us all the genres you enjoy employing in your writing. Is there a new one you haven’t tackled as yet?
I began my writing career writing short stories and then turned my hand at poetry. One day an editor told me my short story sounded like the synopsis for a novel. Then I learned how to write novels. Mysteries were my first choice and also children’s picture books. The mysteries sold but the children’s books didn’t. I enjoy writing mysteries since that’s like solving puzzles. I write romance in many types. Some of my romances are strictly romance with no turns to sub-genres. I enjoy showing how two people who seem so different can come together. Romantic fantasy is another choice. Fantasy has always been a favorite read for me. Some of my romances are paranormal in that they are reincarnation based. That’s fun. One has the heroine, heroine, and villains reincarnating in a number or eras. I also write straight fantasy but for me there aren’t elves and other characters found in traditional fantasies. They show people with talents that are out of the world. Seeing lines of fire on the skin of other people, or being able to control earth, water, fire and air. Some of the fantasies have dragons since I’m a dragon lover. Some thirty are on a shelf above my computer. Many of my romances have medicine as a background. I was a nurse for a number of years pulling memories to the fore. Some of my fantasies are YA. One series was based on a sort of tell me a story. Was supposed to be one book but when I finished the tell me a story part I had seventy-five pages. Two long for one book so it became four books. I’ve also written non-fiction. Three of the books were ghost-written for doctors. Those were difficult in a way. There are several areas where I would never tread. Horror is not for me. I don’t like being terrified. Science fiction is another. I don’t have the right kind of background for this. A third is action adventure which I love to read but I’ll leave to others to write.
What gives you the most pleasure as a writer?
Unlike some writers there’s not anything that gives me more pleasure than the other. I like the planning and then the writing. I’m a draft writer so I usually do five or six drafts of every story. During each draft I learn something new. That always brings me pleasure. I also enjoy the revision phase when I go word for word making sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed. Writing to me is like solving a massive puzzle and every bit is fun. I don’t care about reviews. I seldom read them. The royalties I earn are, no matter how large or small just part of being a writer.
What is your writing environment? Do you write at a desk, looking at a wall, or something more interesting? What items are next to you?
While my room for writing is large and there are windows, mostly the curtains are kept closed at least until the sun goes away. The room faces east and the sun rises early and causes glare. There are shelves that hold my fantasy collection of paperback novels that are seldom read these days. I have thirty or so dragons on the shelf above my computer plus a few other oddities. My room has a recliner. Next to it is a stand holding what I’m working on and jars of pens. I write most of my drafts by hand with pen and paper. So there’s a lot of paper in the room. I also have my Kindle, my diet soda and other things on a second stand. There’s also a TV for when I need a break from writing or sometimes I write when the TV is running. That’s about my space.
How do plots come to you? After it is in your head, what is the process to bring it alive on the computer screen?
They usually come when I’m in the process of finishing a book and I think about the next one. I fall asleep telling myself a story about what the next story will be about. This is complete with character names which can change. Once I know what’s the story is about I flesh out my characters by looking at their Sun, Moon and Rising signs in my Astrology books. My books come alive on paper before they ever hit the computer screen. Goes like this Rough Draft which is sort of a chapter synopsis. Plot Draft, Setting Draft, Character Draft, Language Draft, Revision. The last two are done on printed out versions of the story.
Tell your readers how you came about to decide on a nursing career. How does that career play into your stories.
Nursing as a career was decided by the times. When I graduated from high school women became nurses, teachers, secretaries or home makers. Nursing seemed the most challenging. I wanted to be a writer but one needed to know they could earn a living while writing. Nursing gave me a chance to view people experiencing a full range of emotions. Some of the stories I heard stuck and some became fictional pieces in the books I write. Medicine figures in many of my stories though sometimes the medicine is more magical than what’s seen in medicine today.
What do you love to do when not writing and marketing your books?
When not writing, I read, watch some crime shows on TV and spend time with my grandchildren. I listen to classical music. In a former life I did some music composition and was part of a two person Astrology team.
What is an interesting aspect of yourself that wouldn’t normally be in your bio?
This question has stumped me. Then I remembered this. During my nursing days I was part of a committee trying to organize a union at the hospital where I worked. I even had a chance to testify before the NLRB. Those were my radical days. Another fact that I taught Yoga in a church setting.
What were the challenges (research, psychological etc) in bringing your stories to life?
Not sure I answered this before but here goes. There’s little about writing that I see as a challenge. I will admit to getting blogged down in research and finding one thing leads to another until I forget what I really wanted to discover in the first place. I just plain think of writing as a way of relaxing and visiting other people in other worlds.
How do you make your characters come alive?
As I said earlier I use a semi Astrological chart for my characters. I look at the Sun Sign for the character’s inner nature. This can be in conflict with the Ascendant or Rising sigh which is the face the character shows the world. I also look at a Moon Sign since this shows how the character reacts to emotional situations or how his emotions can be in conflict with other aspects of him or herself.
Could you tell us about your next novel project.
Have no idea what the next to be written will be. I can only think of the one I’m working on right now. That is Wizards of Fyre, the third in the Islands of Fyre series. There will be one more but I’m pretty sure that’s not the next one. I’ll hop to another genre but which one I don’t know. Wizards of Fyre has a heroine who was sold by her father to the wizards. She hates her place in the harem and wants to escape but can see no chance of finding safety until an ancient dragon wakes from a hibernating sleep. She has no problem with being poisoned by the thorns firethorn bushes and knows how to cure one so inflicted. She cares for the hero after the villain pushed him into the bushes. Though she has developed new and puzzling feelings she can’t let these feelings hold her from escape.
Now that you’ve met Janet, it’s time to meet her novels. Reviews are in.
This review comment is repeated for all her books on Amazon. “I REALLY LIKED THE STORY. IT HELD MY INTEREST ALL THE WAY THROUGH. PLAN TO READ MORE BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR.”
I am picking just one blurb. Pursuing Doctor West
Michael West MD has a five year plan before he can consider making a commitment. He’s happy dating women who have no desire for a long-term affair. Encountering Zelda, the pest, the menace, the little girl next door who has impacted his life makes him want to run. She managed to ruin his senior prom and sent several of his dates running. Now she’s grown and the nurse manager of the surgical unit where he will see her every day. What’s a doctor to do but run?
Zelda has loved Michael for year. She knows of the odd accidents her presence has caused him. After an encounter in the condo swimming pool, the accidents become hers but she refuses to give up her quest. The problem is his dating system. He seems to be on an alphabetical quest. He’s just met G and she’s Z. Can she find a way to turn his thoughts to her or must she give up her pursuit?
Where to find Janet Lane Walters and her books.
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Thanks so much, Steve for having me on your blog! I greatly appreciate it! It was fun.