Champion, Alberta, Canada
Women of the West Series
Janette Oke writes inspirational romantic and historical fiction, often in a western Canadian setting. Her books are issued by a Christian publishing house.
The daughter of U.S. citizens, a farmer and his wife, Oke received a diploma from Mountain View Bible College, Alberta, in 1957. The same year, she married Edward L. Oke, a professor. They raised four children. The Okes pastored at churches in Indiana and Alberta. Her husband died in 1984.
Oke worked as a proofreader, bookkeeper, and mail clerk. She was treasurer for Mountain View Bible College and a loan officer and teller at the Royal Bank of Canada in Alberta.
“My interest in writing the type of material that I have comes from a personal interest in that era of our history, and a feeling that little had been written with a Christian slant on the time period. I also have the feeling that society is searching for a deeper, more committed type of lasting love. Letters from readers have confirmed this,” she told Contemporary Authors.
Oke said that she believes strongly in family values and opposes the depiction of sex in romantic novels. She said she writes for young adult readers because, “We must give them moral values.”
“Even as a child Janette had enjoyed putting words together,” Laurel Oke Logan stated in a biography of her mother, “but she had always promised herself that she would not attempt to write for