Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome, Janet Brown, author of Divine Dining!

Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. She began writing while her three daughters were kids but did not study the craft or submit her work until she retired in October, 2005. Writing became a second career. 

4RV Publishing released Janet’s debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, July, 2012.

She studies her three grandchildren for help with teen expressions and actions.

Pen-L Publishing released Janet’s non-fiction book, Divine Dining Dec. 3, 2012. It’s a 365 devotion book to Allow God’s Guidance to Weight Loss and Abundant Health.

Janet is shopping an inspirational romance, and working on a sequel to Victoria and the Ghost.
Janet contracts with Union Gospel Press for short stories for teens and adults. Her stories have shown up in such publications as Brio, Live, Standard, The Gem, and Cross and Quill.

Janet belongs to such writing groups as ACFW, OWFI, CWFI, and RWA.

She and her husband love to travel with their RV, visit with family, and work in their church.

     You can learn more about Janet on her website/blog:

I lost ninety-five pounds and have maintained the loss for seventeen years. One tool in my recovery remains the daily reading of inspirational books. I found my library incomplete when I searched for one that combined a twelve-step program with God as the Higher Power. The biggest secret to my success was giving up my will and letting God do it through me. I wrote a book of daily devotions that came from my journals and memories. This is one woman’s road for success. I pray these thoughts help others reach the same healing God gave to me. It’s all about God. 

What inspired you to write the book, Janet?
While I was still losing my weight, I taught weight classes at church. The last one I taught, I wrote some curriculum. It set unused for several years, while life intervened. Then, God woke me up in the middle of the night about 4 years ago and gave me 14 short devotions. From that day on, I saw opportunities for devotions everywhere. I drew from my own experiences and from nature & family situations. At times, I felt God gave me the devotions merely to help me, but I kept writing.
Finally, when I had finished 310 devotions, I pitched it at an Oklahoma Writers Federated Intl. conference last May to Duke Pennell. He was starting up a new small publishing company. He requested the full mss. Like many authors, I knuckled down to finish the last 55 devotions. My friend and critique partner, Sue Watson, read them all as I wrote them. Finally, I sent in the completed work. Duke offered me a contract but said he wanted to fast track it to publishing before Christmas.
It's been two busy months, but we succeeded in getting it ready for print on his website for purchase by Dec. 6. I'm excited. It's truly the story of my heart.
I want to thank Duke Pennell and Pen-L Publishing for making my dream book a reality.
A little known fact about me?
I love zumba and line dancing, me, the proverbial couch potato. Who knew?

For more information about Janet and her writing, check out the following sites.

Thanks, Janet, for stopping by to share with my readers!
God's best to you in your writing venture!  



chaplaindebbie said...

Wow, 95 pounds? That's great and so inspirational! Thank you, Janet, for stopping by and sharing!

Janet K. Brown said...

Yes, I lost another me. The thing is I lost that amount before that and regained it. It took God to keep it off. Thanks for commenting. Thanks, Eileen, for letting me visit with you.

Eileen Rife said...

Glad to have you, Janet! Keep up the good and godly writing!

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