Welcome to our Author's and Speaker's Interview Page
On this page you will meet many wonderful authors and speakers.
People who spend their lives entertaining, educating, and encouraging others. Take time to check in every so often and see who we our feature person of the month is. But do more than that. Support them by a) buying their books, b) visiting their sites, c) leaving reviews, d) sharing with others, e) and attending their events. Enjoy!
For March and April we will be featuring Judy Janowski, author of "Life is a Garden Party Volumes 1 & 2.
1. Tell me about your book.
Life Is a Garden Party is a gardening observation followed by a spiritual application in rhyme with appropriate scriptures. It is a family read teaching God's principles and promises through everyday surroundings and circumstances.
2. How do you come up with your ideas?
I was visiting with an elderly neighbor one summer late June. He said something that stuck in my mind for a few days. On July 4th of that year I had a bit of sun poisoning. Instead of working in the yard that day, I sat outside and wrote those thoughts down in a small used notebook. The notebook was soon full. I then transferred those scribbles to the computer where each story became a gardening observation followed by a spiritual application – in rhyme, nonetheless. I didn't know I could write in rhyme. Writing a book was never planned. The entire concept grew bit by bit until I thought if God gives one the gift of writing, it should be used for His glory.
3. Did you have to do any research for your book?
I google from time to time, have a shelf full of gardening books, and a Strong's Bible concordance. I also ask my mother for gardening advice.
4. How often do you write? Do you set a daily goal?
When I started writing I got up early and stayed up late. I would pull off the side of the road to write thoughts down. I would write on paper in the middle of the night but couldn't read what I wrote come morning. It was an addiction. In recent years my goal is to edit what was previously written in preparation for publishing.
5. What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
The most difficult part of writing is editing or checking for punctuation and sensibility. It's rather boring, though I must admit what I've written has encouraged me in the Lord. We all need to recall to mind God's past faithfulness which instills hope for the future. (Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Lamentations 3:21)
6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
I love hearing how what I've written has touched others, rather a memory from their childhood or something new they learned. I especially love hearing what I've written means to them – something far deeper and more meaningful than I am able to express.
7. What are you working on now?
I'm currently re-formatting to ensure each volume meets the $20 price requirement. In doing so, I'm creating Vol VIII and for sure Vol IX.
8. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I mostly read devotionals.
9. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
What stifles me is insecurities.
10. What do you hope to write someday?
I currently have a Christmas book of rhymes started and also about 60 children's books about animals for preschoolers teaching the ABCs where the alphabet character is hidden within each drawing. I've learned that 26 pages is too long for a preschooler to sit through. I need to shorten each page to two phrases instead of four.
11. If you were writing a book about your life, what would its title be?
“My Journey through the Wilderness” :-)
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