Jane Ingram

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take you to write a book?

The easiest part for me is to write the story. Both Christa and Touched by Angels took only six weeks to write. It’s the editing and re-editing that takes such a long time. From the time I wrote Christa, my first novel, to its printing was almost sixteen months.

How much time do you spend writing each day?

Literally from the minute I wake up until I am ready to go to bed. Generally that’s been from 8am until about 10:30pm. I am not sure that this it is healthy to spend so much time sitting and writing, but I actually enjoy every minute of it. I do try to take off at least one day during week to get out and get some air, but my mind always seems to be on the story. I feel when I stop for the day my characters are suspended in mid-air.

How do you formulate your stories?

Actually I don’t. With the first three novels that I have written, I just sit down at my computer and start a sentence and from there the story begins. I have no outline whatsoever, nor any idea of characters. The story just seems to develop. Sometimes when I read back what I’ve written the day before, it’s as it I am reading someone else’s writing.

As I was thinking about my fourth novel, which will be set in Ireland, I tried something different by writing an outline. Guess what? I was stuck without having even written one word. So it seems that my style of writing is to just sit down at my computer and just start and let the story flow.

Aside from writing, what are your interests?

Looking for books to fill my collections, reading (which I can spend full days doing), traveling to Europe, photography, and I love cooking. And, I might add, I love to eat.

What types of books do you read?

I really have a very eclectic taste in books. I enjoy mysteries by specific writers. I don’t enjoy mystery writers who don’t spend a lot of time researching their material and whose outcomes are predictable. I read a lot of books about the Second World War, both fiction and non-fiction. That seems to be a period in history that I am very interested in. I am also moved to read about people’s experiences in the Holocaust.


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