Welcome, Janet Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
My most recent release, Worth Her Weight, has a lot of me in the main character. Lacey, like me, was addicted to food, a people-pleaser, and suffered from a low self esteem. I nearly always have someone I know in mind with every character, with certain changes, of course.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I once did a four hour zumbathon. I loved it. It was for a good cause. But, I couldn’t move the rest of the day.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In junior high, my English teacher seemed to pick on me. At the end of the year, I asked her why. She told me that she saw promise in my writing, so she wanted to push me to improve. I knew then that was something I wanted to do with my life. However, life intervened, and it was 2006 before I began to seriously study the craft and submit my work.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Fiction - Women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, suspense, young adult, new adult
Non-fiction – Devotion, self-help, writing-related, motivational
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I often don’t, but I know when I reach the point where I’m overwhelmed, I need to sit down, list everything I do, prioritize, and give up a few things. It happens about once a year. Also, my sweet hubby keeps me grounded with love.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Sometimes, it’s just a name I like that fits, or a name that belongs to someone I admire. If I come up empty, I google the favorite girl or boy names for the year of the character’s birth. I try to limit names that start with the same letter to keep out confusion.
With my Young Adult novel Victoria and the Ghost, I used my granddaughter’s name, and in the sequel still to come out, I use my grandson, Colson’s, name.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Hands down, 53 years married to my soulmate, and second, the birth of our three daughters Other than that, I’m proud and grateful for God’s emotional healing in my life.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A bear – hibernating sounds wonderful and I’m cranky if you wake me up.
What is your favorite food?
Cheesecake or blackberry cobbler
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Adding more emotion to certain scenes. I went to a 3-day, fiction mentoring class by DiAnn Mills. She had us write about the saddest time in our lives. I wrote and cried, but it taught me a lesson.
I need to think of a time when I experienced a similar emotion whether sadness, fear, or joy and the effect it had on me. When we allow ourselves to remember something, we relive it. When I do, I write how I feel.
Tell us about the featured 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?
It can be purchased through the publisher: http://www.pen-l.com/WorthHerWeight.html
Please give us the first page of the book.
The acid from Mom’s hurtful words burned. Only a gooey, cream-filled donut could neutralize the pain. That, and maybe a couple of Snickers. I’m not going crazy. The phone heated her hand. She wanted to drop it to the desk, but Mom’s prattle continued.
“You’re going nuts like your dad.” Her words sliced through Lacey like a tornado in a
Mom droned on about her visit with Katie, Lacey’s kid sister. Lacey opened a desk drawer, lifting out her bottle of Prozac. She turned it over to read the directions. If she downed these pills, her disappointing life would end. Old thoughts resurfaced, bringing a longing for peace but a warning of hell fire.
Mom took a breath between words. Lacey’s office was quiet except for the phone-voice of condemnation.
As a person who has struggled with weight most of my adult life, just this much of the book brought tears to my eyes. Praise the Lord, He is helping me lose weight this year. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’m also on Google+ and Linked In
Thank you, Janet, for sharing this book with us. I'm sure there are many readers who will connect with your heroine, and maybe it will help others who don't have an addiction to food better understand those who do.
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