Paula Marie: Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with me and answer a few questions so we can get to know you a little better!
Janet: It’s an honor to be here! I’m loving your blog!
Paula Marie: Oh, thank you, that means so much to me!
I feel lucky to say I have read every one of your books! From those books, it is obvious you have a love for the South, can you tell us more about where you are from?
Janet: I do love the South. Maybe because I’ve always lived here. I was born in
Greenwood, Mississippi, in the flat, fertile Delta region of the state where there is a great deal of farming. At five-years-old, our family moved to Jackson, Mississippi, which Is the capital city. Though compared with other state capitals, it’s fairly small. But most of us think that’s just fine.
Our state is diverse in its landscape, but most is wooded and green, bordered by the Mississippi River in the west and the Gulf of Mexico in the south. The northeastern part of the state is heavily forested rolling hills. In that area, the quaint college town of Oxford is where I chose to set the first three novels. It’s such an adorable place with large oaks draping sidewalk and streets.
All regions of our state are hot much of the year. We have some cold winter weather here and there, but I remember some years wearing shorts on Christmas. You just never know!
I just had to attach a few pics for you!
Paula Marie: When did you first fell the writer’s pull?
Janet: I started writing in 2012 after my parents passed away. The story idea for Leaving Oxford had been churning for about six or seven years before that but I never sat down to write it. I wanted to write a story that removed some of the stigma that goes along with anxiety. I wanted it to be an encouragement because I’d also suffered from panic attacks. And once that story came out, more bubbled up. I hope to keep writing as long as God provides me material.
Paula Marie: Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? Are you a plotter, out-liner, or more spontaneous when writing your novels?
Janet: I was a definite panster at first, but I’ve become more of a loose out-liner. It helps keep the story on track. I pray I allow the Lord to lead. I always say any of the good stuff is God, the messed up part is me!
Paula Marie: Your characters in the Southern Hearts series continue to show up in the subsequent novels, do you find that easier to incorporate them, or more of challenge to have to “revisit” them and bring their lives up to date with the current story line?
Janet: It seemed pretty easy at the time because I wrote them back to back. I did have to chart the characters, places, and timelines, though. I’ve thought about (and have been asked to write) another story for Bryan, Emma, and Grant. I think it will be much harder after being away from them for so long. I’ll be pulling those charts back out if I do!
Paula Marie: I love to know what authors do with their free time when not writing or spending time with family, what are your other passions?
Janet: Good question! I enjoy ladies Bible studies, going on walks with my neighbor/friends/family, and listening to music. Travel is something I love whenever possible, and I like to take lots of pictures. I walk around looking for beauty in creation every day. It helps me be thankful!
Paula Marie: I have loved your football characters and scenarios, due to my being a diehard football fan….is that a sport you enjoy as well?
Janet: My husband and son both played football in high school, and they watch SEC football, so I’ve learned a lot about the sport. I enjoy watching Mississippi State and Ole Miss with them. The research for Leaving Oxford and Tackling the Fields made the sport and mentality of the players even more interesting. Wow, those guys love it, breathe it, and miss it when they can’t play anymore.
Paula Marie: What is the one thing you would like for readers to take away with them after reading a novel of yours?
Kanet: God loves you more than you can ask or imagine, and there is no sin so bad that you can’t be forgiven if you turn your life over to Him.
Paula Marie: What were your favorite books to read as a young child, ones that you made sure your children read when they were the same age?
Janet: Oh, I loved books like Charlotte’s Web and Little House on the Prairie. I never read The Chronicles of Narnia as a child, but I read them all aloud to my kids. I adore them!
Paula Marie: How can readers keep up with your news and upcoming releases?
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Paula Marie: Finally – Coffee or tea? Cream? Sugar?
Janet: Two cups of black coffee every morning, although in Ireland I enjoyed hot tea with cream!
Janet has sweetly offered to have a free ~*Giveaway*~ to one of our blog members!! Simply comment on this post to be entered to receive the ebook of Magnolia Storms! My review for this novel can be found here:
Giveaway is open for seven days from today and winner will be notified via email!