Rebecca Price Janney combines her passion for history with her love of fiction to create truly unique stories that captivate her audience (including award-winning Easton at the Crossroad). Today she’s chatting about some of her favorite books to read.
It’s great having you here! Let’s jump right in with what was your favorite chapter book? What did you love about it?
I devoured Nancy Drew Mystery Stories because I loved the action and suspense, and the relationships between Nancy and her friends delighted me as well. I wanted to be just like her.
Nancy and Ned were my favorite couple as a teen! What was the first adult novel that you read (not “adult,” but not in the young adult section)?
I think it was a biography of Franz Lizt, the composer. I enjoyed reading about his life and the pursuit of his art.
Have you ever had a book recommended to you that you didn’t like? No names, but what didn’t you like about it?
This happened in a book club. I didn’t like the subject matter, especially how dim a view of life the author had.
I’ve had that same experience — I’m okay with gloom as long as there’s hope. If you could visit any fiction place, where would you go?
Definitely Mitford, NC! I love the Mitford Series and feel like that place is part of me as a writer; those books have inspired my own Easton Series with their quirky characters and hopeful outcomes.
If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would you pick? Who would cast as the main characters?
Ha! I daydream about this. I would love to have Easton at the Forks become a movie because of the delightful characters and story line. I’m not sure about the actors, but I think Dennis Quaid is a possibility as Col. Peter Kichline and Candace Cameron Bure could make a good Erin Miles.
What book are you most looking forward to reading next?
All the Light We Cannot See; it’s about WWII, and I like learning more about the people who went through that time.
Who’s your favorite author?
I have several, in different genres. I love C.S. Lewis, and, in fiction, I’m currently loving Jan Karon. Lewis challenges and inspires my faith, and Karon keeps me coming back to Mitford and her winsome cast of characters.
Thanks again for stopping by today. Now, let’s give readers a peek at your next book:
“God Has Come to Asbury, Melanie, and He Has Told Me, ‘I Want My Daughter Here.’”
With that message relayed from her friend, Jack, Melanie heads off to the Asbury College campus and a life-changing event.
1968 was the gloomiest year of Melanie McKnight’s life. In its shadows lurked the pain of her cousin “Mac’s” death in the Tet Offensive, her widowed father’s departure on the presidential campaign trail, and Melanie’s residence with an glacial grandmother. A ray of hope becomes a blazing fire when she discovers and campaigns for Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who seems to be the only one who can mend a nation fractured by racial tension and war.
But life has a way of surprising us—and altering our plans. Melanie learns many lessons along the way, including the greatest one of all.
A graduate of Lafayette College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Rebecca Price Janney received her doctorate from Missio Seminary where she focused on the role of women in American history. She lives with her husband, son, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Theirs is a Revolutionary family—Rebecca is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, her husband is a Son of the American Revolution, and her son is a member of the Children of the American Revolution! (Their dog probably would have been a Loyalist.)
Rebecca Price Janney is the author of 22 books, including her latest, Morning Glory, the Golden Scroll Runner-Up for Historical Novel of the Year. A popular speaker for civic and patriotic organizations, churches, synagogues, women’s retreats, writing conferences, and schools, Rebecca also appears on radio and TV.
And my podcast: Anchor.fm/rebeccapricejanney (Inspiring Stories from American History)