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Janet Tronstad has based her Dry Creek (Steeple Hill Love Inspired) series on a fictitious small community like the one she grew up in Fort Shaw, Montana. Coming from a historical community had its advantages. "We were some of the few children I know of who got to go to school in an old fort — Fort Shaw," she remembers.
"Once in a while we would even dig up an old arrowhead on the playground." Fort Shaw was one of the first forts in the Montana Territory and many of the buildings are still being used as the community school. In addition to the school, the town of Fort Shaw consists of a scattering of houses and two churches.
"I grew up in one of those churches — the Fort Shaw Community Church," she says. "And I thought of my days in that church when I developed the story for An Angel for Dry Creek and then A Gentleman for Dry Creek. Women like Mrs. Hargrove, who have taught Sunday School to generations of children, faithfully go about their lives in that church community."
As a child in that church, Janet saw examples of Christian faith, but she also witnessed people who faced grave problems and grave doubts.
"I wanted to write stories about people who didn’t have all of the answers in life," Janet says. "Not everyone’s life story comes in a convenient box tied up with a pretty bow."
Currently, Janet resides in Pasadena, California.
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