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I write novels with a church background such as you have never experienced before - taste and see!





 My third novel, Vengeance Lies In Wait  is now available in a Kindle edition. Click on Amazon, then type,  Janice B. Scott,  to see all my books, or click here.



 Hello, I'm Janice B. Scott, and delighted to meet you.

I live in the UK, in Norfolk, which is the bump of south-east England, about 150 miles from London.

I started writing in the seventies, when I had a couple of short stories published. At the time I was working as a chartered physiotherapist, was married to Ian (still am) and bringing up three children (they're all grown and flown, now).

In the late eighties I changed careers and was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1994, one of the first women priests in England. My ordination was in Norwich Cathedral, and although we've moved around four times since then, we are still living near Norwich.  

In the nineties, when the internet began to come into its own, I started my own website offering weekly sermons, and a weekly story suitable for both children and adults. This took off, and was eventually taken over by CSS Publications in the USA. They published a volume of my short stories - Children's Stories From The Village Shepherd.

At the same time I started writing for Redemptorist Publications, an international publishing house producing Sunday newsletters and preaching support. Redemptorist describe themselves as "Gypsy priests and brothers", which is quite a good description of my attitude to the church. I guess I'm something of a maverick, sitting lightly to the structures.

By this time I was rector of six rural parishes in south Norfolk, just over the border from Suffolk. Life was rich here in so many respects - laughter and tears, excitements and sadnesses, highs and lows. A rural Church of English parish is a bit like an unwieldy family, with good and bad alike, but still part of the family. This is reflected in my novels.

In 2009 I completed an MA in Pastoral Theology with the Cambridge (UK) Theological Foundation. Pastoral theology starts with people and the events shaping their lives, and asks the question, "Where is God in this?" My novels are lightly based on this sort of question, so as well as the characters and the plots, you'll find some gentle speculation on life's big questions, like, Is there really any life after death?

I'm now writing novels, all with the background of the Church of England in Norwich Diocese, where I live and work. My experiences as rector of small, rural parishes with all the intrigues, humour and sadnesses, form the backdrop to my novels.

Three have been published so far. "Heaven Spent" is about Polly, a young and enthusiastic curate who leaves college full of enthusiasm and energy only to find herself subject to her incumbent Henry and his wife Mavis, who are elderly, old-fashioned and traditional. Clashes soon surface.

"Babes And Sucklings" is also about Polly, but now she has a new incumbent, Vernon, who is very strange. When a small girl goes missing from the local school, rumours abound and Vernon is suspected of being a paedophile.

My third novel is again about Polly, but now she is a rector herself, with four parishes to look after. This one is a murder/mystery in which Polly discovers a body already in the grave as she is about to conduct a funeral. Whose body is it, who has dumped the body, and why?

I'm now well into the fourth novel, again a murder/mystery featuring Polly. The working title is, 'Where Moth And Rust Destroy'. I have the bones of the plot and the characterisation sorted, and am now nearly half-way through. This one should be published in 2013.

Meanwhile,being a member of Authors Den has encouraged me to begin writing short stories again, and I find I am enjoying this very much. At the moment I'm exploring short stories featuring an unnamed female detective chief inspector and her husband Jack, a pathologist. They have a sort of constant challenge as to who will solve the murder first... You can find them here on Authors' Den - look out for Green Murder, Deadly Keys, Poisoned By Yew, and Bats In The Belfry. Or you can purchase all the stories together in a slim volume entitled, 'Poisoned by Yew', available electronically or in hard copy.

Happy reading, and watch this space!


 My third novel, Vengeance Lies In Wait  is now available in a Kindle edition. Click on Amazon, then type, Janice B. Scott, to see all my books.



Birth Place: Rugby,  UK

Accomplishments: Won a radio short story competition in the seventies.

Several website awards in the nineties.

Children's Stories published in 2008

Installed as Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral in 2008.

Gained an MA in Pastoral Theology in 2009 from the Cambridge Theological Foundation.

First novel published in 2009.

Second novel published in 2010.

Third novel awaiting a publisher!


Heaven Spent (Kindle Edition) by Janice B. Scott
The traditional and quiet lives of a retiring rector and his wife are shaken up when a new, young, lively curate comes along....

Price: $7.99 (eBook)
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Vengeance Lies In Wait by Janice B. Scott
(Also available in Kindle edition) This gripping murder mystery with the background of the Church of England in samll country villages, and continuing to follow the exploits of the Reverend Polly Hewitt, is sure to enthrall you from page one....

Price: $6.99 (eBook)
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Children's Stories Volume 2 by Janice B. Scott
This second volume of short stories is again suitable for children and adults, since the stories can be read at more than one level. ...

Price: $9.95 (eBook)
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Poisoned By Yew by Janice B. Scott
A collection of all the short stories featured on my pages here at Authors' Den....

Price: $2.99 (eBook)
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Babes And Sucklings by Janice B. Scott
Who's watching over the children? Rumors are flying about the new reverend in town, Vernon Skelly. He is very odd, but can he really be a pedophile....

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Children's Stories by Janice B. Scott
Inspirational stories for children and adults, which can be read at more than one level....

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Heaven Spent by Janice B. Scott
The traditional and quiet lives of a retiring rector and his wife are shaken up when a new, young, lively curate comes along....

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Short Stories

God's Son Makes A Choice
 by Janice B. Scott
God is both mother and father to us in the way that he constantly pours his love upon us. But it's difficult to understand quite how that love is shown in the execution of God's son, Jesus. This sto...

Jasmine's Christmas Present
 by Janice B. Scott
When Jasmine loses her star, she loses all hope... ...

A Christmas Mystery
 by Janice B. Scott
When Reverend Polly Hewitt discovers the loss of the precious nativity set, she finds herself in a quandary. Who has taken it, and why? ...

The Elephant
 by Janice B. Scott
This was a competition entry. Didn't win but I like it and thought you might too. The only guidelines - the story had to be EXACTLY 100 words. ...

A No-No
 by Janice B. Scott
A short tale of romance for Valentine's Day...

The Smallest Angel
 by Janice B. Scott
A light-hearted story basically designed for a Christingle or crib service....

Halloween Experience
 by Janice B. Scott
Halloween - a night for ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night....


Show Yourself, God.
 by Janice B. Scott
This poem is an attempt to answer the age-old question, why does God allow suffering?...

God Has Entered Human Life
 by Janice B. Scott
What happened at that first Christmas and why is it important to us? What difference does it make to our world?...


Good News - Salvation
 by Janice B. Scott
In books and films, characters are often rescued at the last minute by the hero. Just when all seems doomed, by a feat of huge courage and ingenuity the hero saves the day. Is this what Christian salv...

Good News - Freedom
 by Janice B. Scott
We all have the freedom to choose how to behave, but if we make the wrong choices, we can't expect God to reach down from heaven and put everything right by a flick of his wrist....

Good News - Happiness
 by Janice B. Scott
Material possessions bring happiness, but it's fleeting. For happiness that lasts forever, we have to dig deeper....

Good News - Wealth
 by Janice B. Scott
The second in a series of articles about the Good News of Christianity....

Good News - Health
 by Janice B. Scott
The first of a series of articles on the Good News of Christianity. ...

Join me!
 by Janice B. Scott
If authors borrowed each other's books from their local library, we'd all gain....


Deadly Keys - a winning story!
 by Janice B. Scott
A short story competition win ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________...


Janice Scott
My main website, with details of my books and a daily life type blog.

Author Janice B. Scott
A blog about my books, in the style of a website.

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If you're in the UK and anywhere near the bump on the bum which is East Anglia, I'm giving a talk on writing, and selling my books at the Heathlands Community Centre, Woodbastwick Road, Blofield Heath, Norfolk, on Tuesday September 13th at 2.00pm. All welcome.

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