Today I’d like to introduce my friend and author, Janet K. Brown. She’s written a wonderful devotional book for people struggling with any type of food addiction. Since I tend to be a nervous muncher, I’m reading through her book this year. It’s great! I know you’ll enjoy it also. 🙂
Hi, Janet! Glad you dropped by. Here’s your first question:
How long have you been writing?
Janet: I’ve written most of my life. When my three daughters were children, I sold a few short stories. Once I added a demanding job to my already busy lifestyle, writing took a back seat. My retirement goal was to spend more time with my grandkids and write novels.
I began writing, going to conferences, workshops, and critique groups, and submitting my work in 2006. My debut novel released in 2012.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
Janet: It chose me. First, let me explain that I write in three different genres, though all are inspirational.
My first stab at writing was inspirational romance. I had several completed (though not great) manuscripts. While I continued and still do write teen short stories, a magazine editor suggested that one of my stories become a first chapter for a young adult novel. I followed that advice, pitched the manuscript to 4RV Publishing, and received a contract two months later. So, my one and only YA was the one that released first.
Meanwhile, God woke me up one night and gave me fourteen devotions that I wrote before I could go back to sleep. They all involved food addiction which was a problem that I had suffered all my adult life. I thought God planned on using the devotions as a way of healing me, but by the time I had written 300 devotions over a period of four years, I pitched 365 devotions for the overeater to Pen-L Publishing and received a contract.
My first love is still women’s fiction with romantic elements, so I pitched a series to Pen-L of people struggling with addiction. My first released last year, Worth Her Weight, about a woman with food addiction. This year will see the release of the second revolving around drug addiction and post-prison prejudice. The third in the series is a work in progress about pornography.
Like I said, all three genres kind of chose me because of what I love, or where I was at the time, or my own battle with food.
What are some of the references you used while researching your book?
Janet: The book I wish to discuss today is Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Much of it comes from my own journals of weight loss. I lost a hundred pounds and have kept it off twenty years. Journaling is a big part of that.
The book does list a bibliography. Here are three of the books I consulted:
Courage to Change complied and edited by Bill Pittman and Dick B., Hazelden Pittman Archives Press
Alcoholics Anonymous, third edition, by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1976.
The Weigh Down Diet by Gwen Shamblin, Guidepost Editors, 1997.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Janet: During the four-year period, God opened my eyes to new and exciting facets of His love and power. Sometimes, He anointed a Bible verse and then showed me how it applied to something in my life. Other times, He sparked my mind with ordinary things like a tree, a river, or dogs to teach me a lesson and send me searching the Scripture for verses that reinforced that idea.
I guess the best part was my own spiritual journey and the healing it provided to me as I wrote. I just pray the work will do the same thing for others.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Janet: I have completed a companion workbook for Divine Dining weight controllers and am in the process of editing it before I pitch it to the publisher. This book offers thirteen complete lessons with thought-provoking questions, Scripture foundation, quotes, and suggestions for permanent weight loss God’s way. I include eating and lifestyle suggestions and several lighter recipes that I use myself to keep off my weight.
Of course, I’m also working on book three of the Wharton Rock/addiction series, and I’m going through edits on another young adult novel.
Sounds like some wonderful books! Thanks again, Janet, for stopping in…
A 365 day devotional by Janet K. Brown. Her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word inspired her to help others in their search for a weight loss method that is in keeping with what the Lord wants for us. To the thousands of men and women who strive to be Christians, but suffer from compulsive overeating they can’t control . . . THERE IS HOPE!
Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas, with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retiring from medical coding.
Worth Her Weight is the author’s first inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her previously 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, work in their church, and visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.
Janet teaches workshops on writing, weight loss, and the historical settings of her teen books.
Find her at http:/ /www.janetkbrown.com
on Twitter at https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx