Friday, December 13, 2013

"Heaven's Prey" by Janet Sketchley

Title: Heaven's Prey
Publisher: Choose NOW Publishing

Cover blurb: A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers.

Despite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the serial killer who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t—or won’t—look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end—whatever the cost?

1) How did this story come to you?
Sometimes I pray for people I see in the news, either victims or villains. This story started with a question: "It's one thing to pray for an offender locked away in jail, but what would you do if you met the person face to face?"

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Heaven's Prey is my first novel, and it went through several rewrites plus a long search for a home. Not many publishers want to take a chance on a new author with an issue-laden novel, especially when it's set in Canada. Choose NOW Publishing tackles issues without flinching, and their editing team brought out the best in my story.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1- Although my novel is about the redemption of a serial rapist-murderer, I'm not comfortable reading stories that put women in this kind of danger.
2- I once worked in the busiest McDonalds in London, England.
3- Every year I make a birthday cake for my characters (hey, I needed some kind of reward for persevering so long!)

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I'm revising the next story in the Redemption's Edge series, Secrets and Lies, and doing some initial plotting for book 3.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for including me on your blog. Exposure is crucial for small-pubbed and self-pubbed authors without huge marketing budgets behind us!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I most like to connect with readers at my website: It's kind of like having them come to visit. Wish I could find a way to offer them tea and cookies! The Heaven's Prey bonus features page has a link to read the prologue and chapter 1 for free, plus character interviews and other tidbits. My blog, Tenacity, is part of the site, and I post weekly reviews, devotionals and features. I also have a Facebook author page and I spend a bit of time on Twitter.