Need to laugh? We all do from time to time. Today I’m talking to bestselling author Janice Thompson about her newest romantic comedy , The Dream Dress. As usual, Janice’s ability to tickle the funny bone and touch the heart is on grand display in this next installment in the Weddings by Design series.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a full-time Christian author who lives in Spring, Texas. I love being a Texas girl, and love being close to my kids and grandkids. That’s a huge blessing. I share a home with my mom. We look after each other. Because I’m a writer, I work from home, which is nice. These days, most of my books are wedding themed. That’s because all four of my daughters got married within four years of each other. We had one wedding after another!
2. What is your newest book about?
The Dream Dress is about a “closet” dress designer (Gabi Delgado) who lives on Galveston Island. I say “closet” because she keeps her wedding dress designs a secret. She works as an alterations specialist at Haute Couture, Galveston’s premiere bridal shop. If her boss (temperamental dress designer Demetri Markowitz) finds out she’s designing gowns, he will be furious. To his way of thinking, there’s only room for one designer on the island. When the news breaks, Gabi’s job is in jeopardy. Fortunately, her love life is in full swing.
3. I’ve enjoyed laughing through so many of your stories. Did you have moments when writing this one that it made you laugh? If so, can you give us an example?
Yes, there’s a funny scene where a bride comes into Haute Couture to try on her newly-altered gown. She has just had surgery to morph her B’s to DD’s (hence the need for the alterations). When she gets the very expensive gown on, there’s a major catastrophe involving a tray of eclairs. Needless to say, the bride’s gown is almost destroyed and Gabi gets the blame. Might not sound very funny, but it comes out in my usual “laugh a minute” style.
4. Where did you get the idea for this series? Will some of our favorite characters be returning?
The Weddings by Design series is a continuation of the Weddings by Bella series, which began a few years back. The story gained such popularity with readers that the publisher offered me a second series. I’ve loved every minute of it. Especially love keeping my “old” characters alive!
5. Where can readers find your book and connect with you?
6. What will you be working on next?
I’m writing a Bella “wrap up” story set in Splendora, Texas. In this fun/quirky novel, Bella opens a wedding facility in Splendora, Texas. The cast of characters is growing, growing, growing!
7. Do you have another creative outlet other than writing?
Yes, and thank you for asking! When I’m not busy writing, I spend countless hours decorating cakes and cookies. I love this creative outlet. I also direct plays at a local Christian theater.
8. Finally, is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Thank you, Janice, for allowing me to introduce our readers to your fabulous stories. Here’s hoping every one of them finds themselves laughing all the way down the aisle!