Thanks to Janet Brown for being my guest. Following is an interview I recently had with Janet.
How do you come up with book titles?
With Victoria and the Ghost, I named it for my granddaughter. It was never changed. With my devotion book, Divine Dining, my publisher changed it. I had titled it My Way or God’s Way. He thought it was too long & needed to be catchier.
With the new book, Worth Her Weight, I started with two other working titles. The first one was Higher Power. The second was Liberty for Lacey. My critique group suggested using a title with something about self worth. With their approval, I came up with Worth Her Weight since it involved a food addiction with my heroine overweight to begin with. Pen-L Publishing did not change that one.
As people learned about your book, what unexpected things happened along the way?
Most readers, so far, identify with Lacey’s food addiction. Since I’ve lived with the problem all my adult life, I was surprised to find a couple who said, “That’s not realistic. No one can eat that much food.” Boy, do I have news for them!
Why do you write?
Because I must. That’s the simplest, most straightforward answer. If you can give up writing, you weren’t meant to write. I can’t give it up.
Why do I write what I do? I consider my writing as a ministry. I type while God dictates.
As a result of publishing your book, what have you learned about yourself and/or the writing process?
Many years ago, I published my first short stories. Publishing a book, now three books, is like a dream come true. If I never do anything else with my writing, I feel so blessed to have lived my dream.
Since publishing, I have learned that the process is much harder and takes more patience than I ever thought possible.
At what moment did you decide you were a writer?
In ninth grade, my English teacher gave me a rough time. My essays and book reports had more red marks than a child with measles. Near the end of the year, I asked her why she picked on me more than anyone.
She said, “Because, Janet, I see promise in you that I don’t see in others. I want you to work harder.”
I was hooked.
What does your writing space look like?
I converted our formal living room into my study. We put French doors on it to close it off because it stays messy. I have my old piano and my mother’s love seat in the room. I have a curio cabinet, a book shelf loaded with books, and two file cabinets. One desk holds papers and my printer. The computer desk has the monitor and lots of papers. Above my desk is a picture of Texas bluebonnets, and the other side has a plaque that reads, “Lo, I am with you alway. —Jesus.”
How do you start a novel/story?
- I have an idea.
- I start writing until I’ve finished a rough draft of about 3 chapters.
- Then, I draw an amoeba-shaped picture to plan the big things that I want to happen including the ending. (As far as I know at that point.) This website shows you what I mean by an amoeba-shaped picture and how it evolves: http://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2013/10/plotting-101.html
- I interview thoroughly my main characters and do a brief interview of secondary characters.
- Then, I go back to writing. I write without editing the whole rough draft until I add “The End.”
- Then, it’s reread and edit about 4-5 times over.
What feeds your process? Can you listen to music and write or not… can you write late at night or are you a morning person… when the spark happens, do you run for the pen or the screen or do you just hope it is still there tomorrow?
I write best in the morning when everything is quiet. I have been known to jot down notes, or even dreams, when I come across things to include in a story.
Where do your ideas come from for stories/books
Everywhere- from what happens to me, from what happens to others, to what I read in the paper or see on TV. A story is around every corner.
How much time do you spend writing each day?
It varies. When I’m in heavy promotion time, I do well to get in an hour a day. When a book is coming together and that spark you were talking about is alive, I might write four-five hours a day. I do try to write something every day to keep my head in the story.
Here is Janet’s bio and her book information:
Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retirement from medical coding.
Worth Her Weight will be the author’s debut inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her recently 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, visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren, and work in their church. 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, and by e-mail: Janet.email@example.com.
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?
LACEY CHANDLER helps her mother, her sister, her friend, and then she binges on food and wonders is there really a God?
BETTY CHANDLER hates being handicapped and useless, so she lashes out at the daughter that helps, and the God who doesn’t seem to care.
TOBY WHEELER loves being police chief in Wharton Rock, but when the devil invades the small town, he can’t release control.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTotxQGtGn0
This inspirational women’s fiction is available now at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthHerWeight.html
And on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kkw94b6
Barnes & Nobel http://tinyurl.com/lk7cn4f
3 thoughts on “Interview with guest author Janet K. Brown”
Thank you, John. Appreciate you’re checking it out. That writing process works for me.
Great interview. Interesting writing process.
What an honor to be interviewed by you today, Lily. So sorry, I thought I’d be back in town & online b4 today, but I wasn’t. We had a lovely trip with friends in the hill country of Texas. Thank you so much for posting an interview with me.