Monday, June 25, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Janet W. Ferguson

Janet, thanks for the great candid! It looks like you and the bird are both enjoying a lovely view!

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

JF: Ha! I didn’t really know about it the first year, but I saw all these fun pics from my friends and was like—I want to be there next time. Last year, I didn’t sign up quick enough and missed out again. 😞

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So this year, I waited literally by my computer all morning, ready to be the first author to sign up! Yay! I made it. I hope to help in any crazy ways (games, panels, skits, whatever) or serious ways (praying with or for participants) so that the experience is a great one for all involved. Just tell me what to do! 

Beth: I'm so glad you'll be joining us this time, Janet!

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

JF: I am so excited about getting to meet readers, bloggers, and of course, other amazing authors. I was privileged to meet a number of readers last year at an event who I knew from blogs and Facebook groups, and it was just so fulfilling to see their smiling faces live—instead of in a tiny box on Facebook.

Beth:  Meeting internet friends in person is a wonderful experience!

Are you a hugger?

JF: I do hug. 😊 I didn’t come from a particularly huggie family, but I look forward to lots of hugs at CFRR!

Beth: Oh good! I'm not sure that I could have restrained myself if you had said no!

Just for fun...

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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

JF: Ireland! And we plan to go this summer, so I’m super excited!

Beth: Oh, how wonderful!

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

JF: Obviously Irish, but I love to hear Australian, New Zealand, and British accents. I’m from the South, and we talk a bit (or a lot) less formal, at times, and maybe slower. Their accents just sound so proper and attractive to me.

Beth: Great choices!

If you were a spy, what would your code name be?

JF: Probably Goofy or Planet-Janet. You’ll see why when you meet me 😊

Beth: Intriguing, hahaha!


About reading...

How do you organize your books?

JF: I am a former librarian, so tend to sort them (loosely) by the Dewey Decimal System, LOL! Can’t stop the habit.

Beth: Oh fun! Your shelves are lovely!

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

JF: Many years ago, a friend insisted I read a Francine Rivers novel. When I did, I fell in love with Christian fiction and the power of story. I was so moved. Jesus taught with parables after all. Think of novels that have changed society’s views on issues: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Jungle, To Kill a Mockingbird. And we can do that for the Lord!
A couple of quotes from my novel Blown Together, if you don’t mind.

“There is power in story. Stories change thinking, change lives. There is beauty in words. Words work their way into our hearts and nuzzle us up to greater heights. Words and stories inspire leaders, change societies, and spark revolutions. … You wield the power of story and the beauty of words. I ask you to continue to hone that gift to bless, inspire, and nurture. Transform lives for the better. Spark a revolution of love for the first Author.”

That is, and I pray always will, be why I write. To transform lives for the better—to spark a revolution of love for the first Author.

Beth: I completely agree! Keep writing, my friend!

About writing...

How many books have you written? Published?

JF: I have five contemporary Christian romances published so far. I have a novella coming out this fall in a group project. I’m writing a novel at the moment called The Art of Rivers which deals with the impact of addiction (hopeful for it to come out this year or early 2019) and plotting the next.

Always plotting...

Beth: Yay! 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

JF: Ha! Not on my head, but… I spread out a bunch of papers and research all over my bed after my husband leaves for work. I sit there with one of the cats (who are constantly fighting) and my laptop, then write.

Most people don’t realize how much research contemporary writers do on places, occupations, hobbies. I can’t imagine how hard it is for historical authors!

Beth: It's always nice to have our sweet companions nearby, isn't it!

What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with? Which aspect is most natural for you?

JF: I hate editing and proofreading and editing and proofreading and editing. Did I mention I hate editing and proofreading?

I love creating characters. I love to figure out what makes them tick, to feel what they feel. Sometimes they make me cry when they hurt or say something really deep. Sometimes I giggle when I’m writing and they surprise me with a joke or something witty. I’m like where did that come from? My husband thinks it’s pretty weird, too, but I feel like that’s God creating with me. At least, I pray I’m right about that! 

Beth: Bleh, yeah, I'm not a fan of grammar rules and such although we readers do appreciate your hard work! 😉

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd? 

JF: I have to be alone to write. Maybe some good music playing, but no TV. I get ideas and jot them down all the time, even in a group, but I am easily distracted, so to actually write part of a novel, I have to shut myself off somewhere. I have gone to the library to finish one, so that no one interrupts.

Beth: I need quiet, too! Thank you so much for hanging out with us today, Janet!

About the author...

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school.

She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.


Say "hi" to Janet in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!

9 comments:

  1. Thank you, Beth!! I can't wait to hang out with everyone!! I will be hugging! Maybe crying happy tears, too!

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  2. Yay! I'm glad you're going to be there! Lots of hugging will be happening!

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    1. Oh yay! Will you be there?? I need a hug!

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    2. Yes! I'm planning on it. I'll be looking forward to hugs! :-D

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  3. Wonderful interview, Janet. I'm also hoping to get to visit Ireland in the next couple of years. My husband is part Irish and always wanted to check out the country. I just think it looks beautiful. I hope you have a lovely trip.
    Julie

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    1. It was so pretty in Ireland! You should go! You can message me when you get ready for tips!
      Blessings,
      Janet

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  4. Great interview Janet & Beth.
    I will be at CFRR too, (my first time). My family is big on hugs, so I like to hug. Looks like I will be giving & getting lots of hugs there! I am also excited about meeting "my" authors & fellow reader/reviewers face to face!
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Oh yay, Tina! I want a hug! It's all so exciting to me!
      Blessings,
      Janet

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