Janet Tronstad - Romance Author
Janet Tronstad - Romance Author
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Calico Christmas at Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical
ISBN: 0373827997
November 2008

Snowbound in Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373827997
October 2008

A Dry Creek Courtship
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373874952
September 2008

Dry Creek Sweethearts
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373874758
April 2008

Shepherd’s Abiding in Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 037387457
November 2007

A Rich Man For Dry Creek And A Hero For Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Classics
ISBN: 90780373-6529103
August 2007

Going to the Chapel
Steeple Hill Cafe
ISBN: 0373785798
June 2007

A Match Made In Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373813058
April 2007

An Angel For Dry Creek & A Gentleman For Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Classics
ISBN: 0373652739
December 2006

At Home In Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373874030
November 2006

Sugar Plums For Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373873395
December 2005

A Dry Creek Christmas: Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373872860
November 2004

A Baby For Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 037387250X
February 2004

A Hero For Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373872356
November 2003

A Rich Man For Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 037387183X
June 2002

A Bride for Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
IBSN: 0373871457
May 2001

Gentleman For Dry Creek
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
ISBN: 0373871163
August 2000

 

Janet Tronstad based her Dry Creek series (Steeple Hill Love Inspired) on a fictitious small community like the one where she grew up in Fort Shaw, Montana. Being part of a community with its own colorful history 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 for 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 stories for my Dry Creek books. I was privileged to know women like Mrs. Hargrove, who have taught Sunday school to generations of children, and faithfully went about their lives in that church community."

“A Match for Dry Creek” (April 2007 release) was inspired by one such woman in the church.  Norma Olsen, a woman about the age of Mrs. Hargrove in the Dry Creek series, has given pansies to every mother in the church on Mother’s Day for decades now.  This act inspired Janet to have Mrs. Hargrove do the same thing in “A Match for Dry Creek.”

Readers respond to the characters in the Dry Creek series.  “Everyone loves Mrs. Hargrove,” Janet says.  “I’ve had fans write and say they wished they knew people like the people in my Dry Creek series.”

“I always feel at home when I’m working on the Dry Creek series,” Janet says.  “In fact, I’m hoping to take the series historical and do several titles from different years in the life of the community. I’m planning to start the historical march with a book set just a few years after Custer’s Last Stand, which would have been in the general vicinity of the place I have Dry Creek located on today’s maps.  Incidentally, there really is a Dry Creek there – it’s called the Big Dry Creek.”