The Wharton Rock series deals with God’s hope over addictions. When I finished Worth Her Weight, the protagonist’s sister had been sent to prison for a possible ten years. I thought she was out of the picture. However, a few months later, my publisher asked me to consider making this a series. I agreed and received a contract for two more books.
Who knew that the disliked sister, Katie, released from prison after three years, had a story to tell? In book 1, the reader knew of Katie’s drug addiction. Time to tell little sis’s side of things. So came Worth Forgiving.
2. The story goes through three people’s experiences. Katie, the ex-con; Larry, the preacher; and Lacey, Katie’s sister. Which story line tugged at your heart the most?
Oh, wow, Toni, you ask difficult questions. I identify with them all at times in the novel, but I often remember the sweet young lady that allowed me to interview her while I was writing the story. She wasn’t a drug addict, but she was an ex-con who left a daughter behind when she was imprisoned. When Katie faced prejudice even inside church walls, and when she struggled with forgiving herself, I think of Stephanie, my resource for details, and it breaks my heart.
3. How long did it take you to write Worth Forgiving? Can you tell us your writing process?
Work at book promotion took so much time that I couldn’t find enough time to write. My publisher insisted the best promotion is writing your next good book. I wrote my fist sentence on Worth Forgiving in April, 2015. My submission deadline was Nov. 1. Family events and illness slowed me down, so I requested an extension. I submitted the manuscript on Dec. 13, 2015, so, in this case, eight months from first word to edited version. I submitted and went through more editing with Pen-L’s editor.
My writing process goes:
- Get idea and decide on theme.
- Decide on beginning, 3 plot points, and black moment (though often they change).
- Freestyle write approximately fifty pages to learn the characters and problems.
- Interview the main characters.
- Write without editing or research until the end.
- Storyboard. Research.
- Rewrite first draft.
- Go through manuscript two to three more times editing.
4. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
I love to go camping with my husband in our travel trailer. In July, we visited the mountains in Ruidosa, NM. In the fall, we often take short 3-4 night trips to scenic spots nearer home. We keep the roads hot visiting our three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. We go to the grandson’s sport activities.
On a daily basis, I do line dancing twice a week, swim during the summer, read, go to Bible study classes, and watch Net Flix.
5. Thanks again for being here. Could you tell the readers what’s next in your writing career?
I’m writing the rough draft for the Wharton Rock series, Book 3. It will deal with pornography. I’m working on edits with 4RV Publishing for book 2 of my young adult ghost series. Book 1 is Victoria and the Ghost. The Divine Dining Workbook that will compliment my non-fiction, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. releases in December, so edits will begin on it soon.
About the Book
The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.
Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?
Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?
Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?
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About the Author
Worth Forgiving, an inspirational women’s fiction, is the second in her Wharton Rock series. Her only non-fiction is Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
Worth Forgiving marks Brown’s fourth 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. The author uses her platform of recovering compulsive overeater to weave stories of hope for addiction, compulsion, or impossible situations.
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