Interview with Janice Alonso

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South in the United States.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the creative process: taking an idea, developing a storyline, refining the language, and finally, polishing the small facets that will make the story shine.
What are you working on next?
After recently completing Home Is Where the Heart Is - Adventures at Bell Buckle Inn 2, I am processing possible storylines for book 3. I am also close to finishing book 1 in The Writer Within series, What Kind of Writer Are You? This series is an instructional writing book for new writers.
Who are your favorite authors?
Harlan Coben
Sue Grafton
Rick Bragg
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Receiving the joy that day holds
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Enjoying my family
Reading
Watching Film Noir
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Referrals from friends
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
"Hank - Super Genius" It won an honorable mention in a Writers Digest Writing Competition and was later published in Palo Alto Review
When did you first start writing?
I began writing as a young girl, perhaps around eight.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've had hundreds of short pieces published in traditional places so I decided to bundle some of the stories together by genre and offer them as ebooks.
Published 2015-08-23.
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Books by This Author

A Jealous Heart
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Emotions & Feelings
Avery is jealous of her little sister Maggie, and she takes out these bad feelings not only on Maggie, but on Nana and Granddaddy. After apologizing to her grandmother, they discuss how sometimes we can’t control our jealousy, but we can control our reactions to them. We can control how we treat others.
You're Not Invited
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
Skylar is excited about her middle-of-the-summer pool party. She knows exactly who she’s inviting: but she will NOT invite Mary Kate. Last spring Mary Kate had a sleepover and she didn’t invite Skylar. Now Mary Kate can see how it feels to be left out.
New Places, New Faces
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Camille has moved from Jamaica to Florida. She misses her old home and her new country seems strange. Because of the kindness of her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Finch, Camille learns how important it is to be thoughtful of others.
No Means No
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Social Issues
Ray and Darius are best friends, but Darius is more daring. He’ll try anything! When he encourages Ray to climb a tall jungle gym, both boys learn a valuable lesson: No Means No.
Miss Bossy Pants
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Ivy and Emma Grace are cousins and best friends, and each thinks she knows the only way to do everything! While working on a flower project with their Aunt Kathy, the girls discover a way to decide how to tell the difference between being helpful, and well, and being a Miss Bossy Pants.
You Don't Have a Home?
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Homelessness & Poverty
Louisa is explaining to Jada and Charlotte that she is collecting plastic grocery bags for her abuelita so that she can knit them into sleeping mats for the homeless. Her friends think this is a silly idea until they learn more about homelessness and ways to help.
Enough Love for Everyone
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational
Emily’s younger cousin Jacob has moved from out-of-state to be closer to family. Now, not only does Jacob get into her things, Emily also has to share her Nana and Poppy with him. She has bad feelings in her heart: she’s afraid that now Nana and Poppy might love Jacob more than they love her.
The Little Circus Lion
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
Michael has made a bad choice: a very bad choice. He took a toy from Mr. Belinsky’s store without paying for it. When he and his mama get home, Michael is so upset but doesn’t know what to do. Through his Bible teachings, he comes to a good choice, the right choice.
I Don't Want to Go to a Princess Party
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Emotions & Feelings
Melissa is Enrique’s best friend, but he doesn’t want to go to her birthday celebration because it’s a Princess Party! In his heart he knows what choice God would want him to make. Enrique goes and learns that birthday parties are fun no matter what theme they are.
Just the Same in Different Ways
Series: Love God. Love Others.. Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Lilly is frightened because it is her first day at a new school. She wouldn’t describe herself as shy, but neither is Lilly comfortable with making new friends. Lilly goes into another room where she meets Chun Wong, who is also new. From outward appearances, the girls couldn’t be more different. However, they soon discover some very interesting things about each other!
Home Is Where the Heart Is - Adventures at Bell Buckle Inn 2
Series: Adventures at Bell Buckle Inn. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,740. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
It’s a beautiful autumn in Bell Buckle, but in Winkie Hardy’s heart Knoxville is still home. On a midnight outing with her puppy Laurel, Winkie notices a mysterious light floating in the empty house next door. Some local people say this is Robert Thatcher’s ghost. On Halloween night in 1883, Mr. Thatcher went to his blacksmith shop and never returned. Through solving the mystery and her daily pray
The Final Chapter - A Short Story Collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,740. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of five modern day short stories about various life relationships
The Woman on the Other side of the Hill
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Inspirational
Whether you feel the need for inner strength or want to enjoy a story of everlasting love, these five stories will bring you joy and lift your spirits.
The Snowsantas Find the Christmas Spirit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Holidays & Celebrations
Pastor Steve is upset . . . someone stole the Baby Jesus from the Nativity Scene in front of his church. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his congregation has lost its Christmas Spirit. Can two snowmen, magically transformed by the Santa outfits Pastor Steve places on them, find the Christ Child before Christmas Eve?
Murder Most Mysterious - Death Has Pouty Red Lips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,230. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A woman with 40's noir looks, an overbearing boyfriend, an alligator, a Hi-Def television, and an injured dog found in Central Park . . . what do these five have in common? Murder . . .
Who'll Pick Me?
Series: Adventures at Bell Buckle Inn. Price: Free! Words: 27,960. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Action & Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Peri is afraid no one will pick her as a friend in her new town Bell Buckle, where she and her father move into a dilapidated house they are turning into an inn. To make matters worse, she’s always losing or forgetting things. By caring for a litter of puppies, Peri hopes to earn back her father’s trust; unfortunately all she gains is trouble when things she is responsible for start to disappear.