Monday, June 21, 2010
We're happy to have Janice Hanna with us today talking about a book she co-authored with Kathleen Y'Barbo, I Know I'm Not Alone, Lord. To learn more about Janice and her book, read on!
Your title: I Know I’m Not Alone, Lord – Rediscovering Joy and Contentment after Divorce
(by Janice Hanna and Kathleen Y’Barbo)
BOOK BLURB: Find yourself in a season of singleness? Need some comfort, encouragement, and advice for this transition? Look no further than Turning Points for divorced women, an inspirational roadmap to help you find new direction, power, contentment, and joy! Written by “single-again” bestselling authors Kathleen Y’Barbo and Janice Hanna, this navigational guide is packed with proven pointers, successful strategies, and faith-filled concepts, as well as stories by women who have walked a mile in your shoes. Divorce is a detour, not the end of the road. So get ready for an amazing adventure!
1) How did this story come to you?
The idea for “I Know I’m Not Alone, Lord” came from my own personal experience of going through a divorce after twenty-seven years of marriage.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I had approached my editor at Barbour to see if she would be interested in doing a book for women who’d experienced the pain of divorce. When she wrote back with the offer to publish the book, I quickly asked if my friend Kathleen Y’Barbo could sign on as my co-author. Kathleen has been through the pain of divorce, too. Her story is completely different from mine. I felt that, between the two of us, we could bring a balanced perspective. We wrote the book together over a period of about two months. This wasn’t an easy task. Writing a book about such a personal subject often dredges up things from the past you’ve already laid to rest. Still, the Lord got us through it, and I honestly believe depth of our experience shows in the pages of the book. I also believe the Lord is going to use this book to minister to the hearts of women who’ve been wounded by divorce.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Here’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know: I have a younger brother who’s younger than my oldest daughter. My step-mom gave birth to my brother Josh five weeks after my daughter Randi was born.
Here’s another thing people don’t know: I have A.D.D. tendencies. I’m completely scattered! That’s why I always have to plot my books, because I’d never keep up, otherwise.
The final thing most people don’t know is that I’m a wedding coordinator. My four daughters all got married within four years of each other. I coordinated their weddings, and have done several others, besides. I’m currently the wedding coordinator for my church. I even bake wedding cakes! I find it wildly ironic that I’ve written a non-fiction book for divorced woman when most of my novels are about weddings and wedding planning.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m just wrapping up “Love Finds You in Camelot, Tennessee” (a romantic comedy) for Summerside. My third and final book in the “Weddings by Bella” series just released from Revell. It’s titled “It Had to be You” and is also a romantic comedy. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of “Love Me Tender,” a 1950s romance set in Laguna Beach, California. That book is one of the kick-off books in a new line from Summerside called “When I Fall in Love.”
5) Parting comments?
Aside from writing books, I also do a lot of public speaking and teaching. My freelance writing course just debuted online in April and is selling well. For more information, check out my site: http://www.freelancewritingcourses.com/
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love to hear from my readers! Here’s where you can find me:
My website: http://www.janiceathompson.com/
My courses website: http://www.freelancewritingcourses.com/
My blog: http://janiceathompson.com/blog/?cat=1
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Janice-Hanna-Thompsons-Readers-Page/303537684650?ref=ts