LDS Publisher interviews Janice Sperry, author of the short story, Slushballs. Janice also had a story in the first Christmas anthology, Stolen Christmas & Other Stories of the Season.
LDSP: Hi there, Janice. Thanks for stopping by the blog here. Tell me a little about yourself.
Janice: I am a mother, a wife, and a writer.
LDSP: Surely there’s a little more to you than that. Where do you hail from?
Janice: I live in West Jordan.
LDSP: Ah, home of the famous Gardner Village. I love that place—especially their Witchfest which is going on now! (*free plug for Witchfest.) So besides watching for witches, what are some of your hobbies or favorite things to do?
ghost masks out of Plaster of Paris for Halloween decorations. I also like to experiment with chocolate. It's hard to go wrong when chocolate is the main ingredient.
LDSP: Agreed. Chocolate makes so many things taste better! Your story, Slushballs, is in this anthology. I loved it. You had a short story published in my first collection too, didn’t you?
Janice: Yes. It was called “Too Old for Christmas.”
LDSP: I remember that one. Cute take. It won the Readers Choice Award in the 2008 story contest, didn’t it?
The Candy Cane Queen. It is available online and in stores.
LDSP: That’s right! And it’s going to sponsor my blog in November, so readers can enter to win a copy. Thanks for sponsoring, by the way.
Janice: Glad to do it.
LDSP: So do you write anything other than Christmas stories?
Janice: Yes. I’m working on books in other genres, but haven’t had any published yet.
LDSP: What genres do you like to write in?
Janice: I write horror and fantasy.
LDSP: I'm not a big horror fan but I love a good fantasy. Hope to see something in that genre from you soon. What inspired you to enter contest?
Janice: An idea popped into my head. I wrote it in one day and submitted it the next. I didn’t expect anything to come of it, but I liked it because it was different.
LDSP: I liked it too. That’s why it won Publisher’s Choice.
Janice: You have fabulous taste.
LDSP: I know. We’re about done here. Any questions for me?
Janice: Any chance you could reveal your secret identity?
LDSP: Well, that’s all the time we have. Thank you for coming.
Janice: It was a pleasure.