Where Do Fiction Writers Get Their Ideas? — Janet Grunst ( + Giveaway )

Today I’m happy to welcome author Janet Grunst as she shares insights into life as an author. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.

Ideas for stories can come from a variety of sources; historical or current events, people, a news story, personal-spiritual-social-political issues, something we’ve seen or read about—and even dreams. Even as our stories take form, rabbit trails we meander down offer new ideas.

While the stories I write are historical, they also deal with human issues, emotions, and hopes that are timeless. I live in Virginia and have always been fascinated with the people and events that led to the founding of our nation. What determination and faith it took for people to travel across the ocean to an unknown land to make new lives for themselves. And, what courage and tenacity it took for colonists, with only local militias, to seek independence and fight the most powerful Army and Navy of that era.

In A Heart Set Free set in 1770, Heather Douglas is an indentured servant who emigrated from Scotland. Indentured servitude was a very common way for 17th and 18th century people to settle in the colonies. After their period of indenture ended, they practiced trades and lived lives like most colonists. But Heather’s path is a bit more complicated The theme of the story is forgiveness.

In A Heart For Freedom set in 1775, Matthew Stewart is a planter who wants to farm his land and manage their family’s ordinary (inn). But as strife intensifies between the colonies and England, he is torn about where his responsibilities lie. Some colonists had valid reasons to maintain ties with Britain, some wanted to avoid conflict, and some believed seeking independence was essential. The Revolutionary War was America’s first civil war. The theme is faithfulness.

Readers, leave a comment below to enter her giveaway for a print or e-copy of either book or an audible of “A Heart Set Free.” (Print copy must have a USA address).

About the Author:

Janet lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that can communicate the truths of the Christian faith, and entertain, as well as bring inspiration, healing, and hope to the reader.




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About historythrutheages

I write stories of His Story Through The Ages that offer tales of hope and redemption.

Posted on January 15, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Janet, the books sound wonderful! Thank you for the chance!

  2. Book sounds good, new author for me.

  3. From the name of the book A Heart Set Free, it sounds intriguing. I like historical fiction, and books set in the time period mentioned seem few. Would love to read the book.

    • There have been more stories about the Revolutionary War in recent years, Linda. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. conniepsaunders

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I always enjoy how an author can use historical facts to explain why and how a character is acting or feeling. Thank you for this giveaway.

    • Historical fiction is a fun and informative genre Connie. It can spur interest in a particular event, person, or period and make us want to learn more.

  5. I love to read books from this time picture. I’m glad you use timeless issues we all face.

  6. I’ve read both books so don’t enter me in the giveaway. But I truly enjoyed reading books that were set in the Revolutionary War era, learned much about the culture of that time, and fell in love with the characters in Janet’s books. Mary as a love-struck teenager was a hoot! Do you have more plans for Heather and Matthew?

    • So glad you stopped by, Karen, and that you enjoyed the stories. Mary’s life is filled with challenges in more ways than one in the next book … which will hopefully get published.

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