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!