As Fall creeps in, and Winter approaches, we’ll be be chatting in My Cozy Den from time to time.Come on in and make yourselves at home. The refreshment bar is through the door on your left. Now, let’s get started.
Janet, Welcome to Whispers in Purple, and My Cozy Den.
I’m honored to be your guest, Peg.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My husband and I live in Wichita Falls, TX. We love to travel with our RV. I write wherever we roam. We have three daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and three perfect grandchildren. With God’s help, I lost a hundred pounds and have kept it off for nineteen years. I teach a weight controlling class at my church based on my devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. I love line dancing to keep down my weight.
What do you say to people who ask you how you come up with ideas for a book?
Ideas are everywhere; our own experiences, others’ experiences, newspaper and magazine articles, but mostly asking the question, “what if.”
How do you choose the settings for your books?
I mostly write about North Texas which I know. Others evolved from places I’ve visited. In my YA ghost series, I use real places with real ghost legends.
Do you have a speaking ministry? Tell us something about that.
As I said, I teach a weekly weight class. I have also spoken for other weight classes. I do workshops on writing, weight loss, and the history of my settings for libraries, book clubs, and women’s clubs.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Hands down, the promotion. I’m tech-challenged, so find all the online promotion time consuming and difficult. I’d much rather stick with in-person events. I like people.
What keeps you the most humble as a writer?
When I weighed 250 lbs, my self esteem was lower than a worm, but I learned that putting myself down is pride, not humility. Humility comes from gratitude. I’m so thankful to the Lord for what He’s done for me. Without Him, I’m nothing.
If you’d been born into the animal kingdom instead of the human race, what would you be, and why?
A bear. I like the idea of hibernating through the winter, and I think I get angry too easily.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your writing, besides THE END, that is?
There’s nothing I like better than facing a blank page with a story sparking through my mind. Sometimes, the fingers tap so fast across the keyboard that I don’t remember writing it.
Which author would you never get tired of reading, and why?
There’s a lot of them, but here’s a few: Tracie Peterson, DiAne Mills, Linda Goodnight, Bonnie Langthripe, James Scott Bell. I’m sure I’ve left out a bunch that don’t come to mind right now. I like books that delve into relationships and tug on my emotions.
What project are you working on at the moment? Tell us about it.
Pen-L Publishing released my first women’s fiction in January of this year. The title is Worth Her Weight. My work in progress is the sequel to this book.
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?
Here’s the trailer for the book:
The book can be purchased on the Pen-L catalog store -
- And on Amazon -
Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retiring from medical coding.
Worth Her Weight is the author’s first inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her previously released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Both books encompass her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.
Worth Her Weight marks Brown’s third book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, work in their church, and visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.
Janet teaches workshops on writing, weight loss, and the historical settings of her teen books.
- Find her at http:/ /www.janetkbrown.com
- on Twitter at https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx
- on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Janet-K-Brown-Author/143915285641707
- E-mail: Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet is offering a Kindle copy of Worth Her Weight. Entering is easy. Just leave a comment below and tell Janet why you’d like to win this book. You have until Midnight (Central) Wednesday, September 23. All commenters will be entered in a drawing through random.org and drawn on Thursday, the 24th. Watch your email for notification if you turn out to be the winner
Thank you so much, Janet, it’s been a pleasure having you on my blog this week.
And, thank you, Peg, for having me.