Romance in the air
Janette Kenny has a knack for noticing the characters around her.
"I've always been a people observer," the local romance author said, adding that a job as a hairdresser for 20 years in her own salon helped some memorable personalities stick out more than others.
Kenny has written seven books thus far, but "One Real Cowboy," was the first to be published in March 2007.
A historical romance, "One Real Cowboy" is based off an article on the Santa Fe Trail Kenny read while researching Kansas's history. The article told of an abandoned town called Runnymede where "wasteful" English immigrants migrated to Kansas, building saloons, brothels, and "drank away all their profits," Kenny said.
"The article said that most all the men went home to England. I wanted to ask, 'What happened to the rest?' The heroine in the story doesn't want to move back to England but in order to stay:she must marry."
The 350-page novel, published by Zebra Historical Romance, a division of the New York-based Kensington Publishing Corp. has been distributed worldwide and can be found in national bookstores such as Borders and online at Amazon.com.
Kenny has heard from British fans that enjoyed the novel and even was contacted by a lady at an Australian bookstore who wanted Kenny to send bookplates so that she could hold a book signing in Australia.
She has another novel set for release in April 2008 and just turned in a proposal for a third book as well.
"One (book) a year is typically what they try to do," Kenny said.
Next week, Kenny will attend the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Dallas. She also works part-time in a local health clinic but plans to keep writing for the indefinite future.
"Writing is a full-time job," Kenny said. "Once the writing bug gets you, it doesn't let go easily."
NAME: Janette Kenny
OCCUPATION: Author, part-time health clinic employee
FAMILY: Betty, mother
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LANSING AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? "I've lived here all my life:my dad was a lifelong resident as was my mother."
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LANSING? "I like its location, because it's easy access to everywhere:We're far enough away from the city, but we're not remote."
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? "I like to read. I like gardening. I like horseback riding, hiking, camping just about anything outdoors."
WHAT MIGHT SURPISE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU? "I still like to can my own vegetables, can my own jalapeno peppers."
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? "Don't let anyone dissuade you from your dream."
WHAT CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS DO YOU BELONG TO? Romance Writers of America, Published Authors Special Interest Chapter, Hearts through History Chapter