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Author @ the Library Welcomes Janice Sims

W. T. Bland hosts popular romance writer

Since 1996 author Janice Sims has published sixteen novels and has had nine stories included in anthologies. She is the type of writer who feels she can always improve upon her craft, so she is a perpetual student of all things literary. Her characters, plots, and settings feel real because they're inspired by real people, situations, and locations. So don't be surprised if you see yourself in one of her books.

Janice is known for writing stories that are humorous, touching and that explore the dynamics of close familial ties. Putting African-American characters in unusual settings is her forte. In her novel, A Bittersweet Love, the hero and heroine met in Ireland of all places! And in For Keeps, the setting was Montana. Even more than unusual settings, Janice enjoys exploring occupations that appeal to her. In Out of the Blue, her heroine, Gaea Maxwell, was a marine biologist who happened to be half-alien. Out of the Blue was the first African-American sci-fi romance. Years later, she wrote a second African-American sci-fi romance, Desert Heat. It went on to win the prestigious Emma Award for Best Heroine in 2004. ~

From Janice Sims’ Amazon Blog:
“For years I was exclusively an Arabesque romance writer. With each novel, I've included an original haiku, or a poem to lead into the story. I won't be doing that anymore. The poem in Seduced by Moonlight will be the last. Readers have written me asking where they can find the Book of Counted Joys. Well, it doesn't exist and I think I ought to do something about that. So, I'll write it. I don't know how long it'll take because writing poetry is harder for me to write than prose. However, I will give it my best effort.”

From Seduced by Moonlight

Lay bare your soul for
all the world to see
Make a mere word or
gesture a sweet melody.

Turn what was supposed to be just
dinner into breakfast for two
That's what a little
moonlight can do.

Janice will be appearing at the W.T. Bland Public Library on Saturday, January 24th at 11 a.m. Join us for this remarkable and romantic Author @ the Library.