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.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I live in Wichita Fall, TX. I’ve written most of my life. When I retired in 2006 from my medical coding/bookkeeping job, I launched my second career in writing. I joined RWA & our local chapter (which has since closed up). There, I met Margaret Daley, who spoke on “falling in love without falling in bed.” I was hooked to inspirational fiction. I wrote and sold short stories and submitted novels for 6 years. In 2011, I sold my first novel.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
My latest book is an inspirational women’s fiction about a young woman struggling with low self worth, roller-coaster emotions, and compulsive overeating. The message is, as always, with God, there is hope. Where we are weak, God is strong if we release control into His hands. 2 Cor. 12:9
Please share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I write for both adults and teens, so the next YA in my ghost series will release early spring, 2015. I contract with Union Gospel Press to write short stories a couples times each year..
Since my husband is moving into semi-retirement, I’m in the process of praying for guidance and balance in my writing. I can’t stop writing, but I may go at a slower speed than I have the last three years. Time with my sweetheart comes first.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Boy, that’s a hard one. I love to read. I keep both a fiction and non-fiction going all the time, but the most interesting I think I would have to say The Shack. My thoughts still go over it from time to time. Unusual.
Too many to mention, but a few are Margaret Daley, Linda Goodnight, Deb Raney, Angela Hunt, and DiAnn Mills.
Book you’re currently reading?
Fiction: Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof
Non-Fiction: Jesus Christ on Killing by Sgt. Charlie Eipper
I start with an idea.
I draw an amoeba drawing with inciting incident, 3 main plot points, black moment, and resolution.
I interview the main characters.
Then, I start writing.
By the time I’ve reached the 3rd or 4th chapter, I go back and fill in more about my characters since I’ve “gotten to know them better” by then.
I write a chapter-by-chapter outline.
I write rough draft putting XXXX where I need to research something. I reach “the end” before I stop to edit.
Research and use storyboard for novel.
Edit until I must stop and submit.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Of course, I like to read and visit our children and grandchildren. I like to line dance and meet friends for lunch. I love to go off in travel trailer with hubby to view old and new scenery, especially mountains since I live on the plains of North Texas.
What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?
I’m most thankful for all the wonderful friends I’ve made through my writing, people all over the world, many in person, some only online.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
A successful writer puts on paper (or computer) what God whispers in his/her mind and then finds out those words touch other people’s lives besides their own.
Where can we learn more about you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Lacey Chandler, the protagonist in Worth Her Weight faces many of the same struggles I faced in my life, so though some of her problems might be over the top, I can testify they can be real.