Monday, August 26, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Janet K. Brown

 Is there a story behind your book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness?

I live the words of this book every day of my adult life. Nineteen years ago, God healed my emotions. With Him carrying me, I lost ninety-five pounds and have maintained it since then.

 I’ve taught classes on weight loss. I’ve written curriculum for many of those. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about allowing God to control my compulsive overeating. I searched for more books, more inspiration, more help as I walked this path of healing.

One night four years ago, God woke me up in the middle of the night. I went to my computer and quickly wrote fourteen devotions. That has never happened before or since. God spurred me to finish what I started that night and add 351 more to minister each day of the year. This is truly one woman’s journey, and the story of my heart.

Thank you, Duke Pennell, at Pen-L Publishing for taking a chance on this book.

What started you on your writing journey?
I’ve written all my life, I think. I sold some short stories when my girls were young. When I retired in 2006, I joined RWA. Margaret Daley came to speak to our local chapter, and from her, I learned about ACFW. Through another author, I learned about OWFI (Oklahoma writers’ Federated Inc.) Through these 3 organizations, I continued to study, go to conferences, and try to improve my stories. After many submissions and rejections, I finally got a “yes” & a contract back in 2011. I still write short stories as well as novels. I write fiction, but Divine Dining is truly the story of my heart.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Hands down, it’s social media.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read a lot of different genres. I’m a slow reader, but I love to read. I keep a non-fiction and a fiction going most of the time. At present, the non-fiction I’m reading is Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, and the fiction book I’m reading is Touched by Angels by Debbie Macomber.
Recently, I completed different type books such science fiction, Dark Planet by Charles Sasser, romance, Terri, by Sharon Srock, and a thriller, Lost and Found by Amy Shojai, non-fiction, Love Hunger,  by Minirth, Meier, Hemfelt, & Sneed, and a young adult, Refuge by Stephanie Gallentine.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I’d start the day with an opera. Through the day, I’d be all country music, but I’d end the day with soft rock.

What is your strangest habit?
Even in cold weather, I sleep with my feet sticking out, but my shoulders must be covered even in hot weather. Go figure.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My grandkids.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
Spring. – a whisper of a new beginning

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
A friend and I planned our own backyard circus with pets, gymnastics, and clowns. We invited the whole neighborhood.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I really have to pump myself up to make phone calls.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
None due out at present. I submitted the sequel to my YA book, Victoria and the Ghost to 4RV Publishing. We’re negotiating a contract as we speak. My WIP is a woman’s fiction involving a young lady dealing with (what else?) compulsive overeating.

Back Cover Blurb

     I lost ninety-five pounds and have maintained the loss for seventeen years. One tool in my recovery remains the daily reading of inspirational books. I found my library incomplete when I searched for one that combined a twelve-step program with God as the Higher Power. The biggest secret to my success was giving up my will and letting God do it through me. I wrote a book of daily devotions that came from my journals and memories. This is one woman’s road for success. I pray these thoughts help others reach the same healing God gave to me. It’s all about God.

To buy her book, go here:

About Janet:
     Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles.
     Divine Dining published by Pen-L Publishing is the author’s second book. It encompasses her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.  Janet released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
     She and her husband love to travel with their RV, visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren, and work in their church. Find her at

To connect with Janet:

Janet K. Brown is giving away a copy of Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


squiresj said...

Would love to read this and get to know you as an author. I love sharing books I read after I review them.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

carol said...

I'd love to receive a copy of this book. Thank you

cjajsmommy said...

I just reached 90 lbs gone and would love to have a daily devotional as I persevere to get these last 30 off. The first 80 were easy but it has been a struggle ever since. And you are right, there really isn't anything else out there other than short week-long or month-long devotionals. I'm in this for the long haul, so 365 days is perfect. I can wash, rinse, and repeat each year, lol. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com

Diana Flowers said...

Thank you so much for writing this book! I believe it is the answer to my prayers! I lost 50 lbs 18 years ago and kept it off until some recent health issues. I can't seem to get off these extra lbs I've gained. Help me please. I also want to share this with a friend who lost over 200 lbs and is struggling to reach her goal. Thank you got opportunity to win!

Diana Flowers said...

I noticed that crazy auto fill on my kindle put in wrong word--thank you FOR opportunity to win!

OOPS-it's Monday! :) I also forgot my email for above comment also:


Janet K Brown said...

Your comments all inspire & humble me. This is a problem for many Christians. I remain powerless, but God is all-powerful. Wow, so many good weight loss testimonials. To God be the glory

Janet K Brown said...

Thank you, Sharon. As always, your interviews draw things out of we writers. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Janet, what a great story about the wonderful WHO in your life that caused you to make such huge changes. As a person who has fought weight all of my life, I'm at auh at you. Wonderfully, motivated story. Big Hugs, Phyliss

Anonymous said...

Love Janet K. Brown. Did not know we shared the dread of making phone calls and inability to sleep with our feet covered. She has been a true inspiration to me. I love spending time with her- in her book - each morning.
Bonnie Lanthripe

Janet K Brown said...

Oh, wow, Bonnie, that's scary. We're truly soul mates. Thanks for your sweet comment, Phyliss. It is a lifelong struggle.

Sandra Tressler said...

I have tried for years since I was a teen to loose weight. I have done weight watchers, Doug Kauffman, Atkins and other diets. I grew up feeling alone and rejected at school and even at church. I never thought I could be pretty or have friends. I've always had a very low self esteem. I've had two different surgeries that I did not recovery from easily, both took about a year to heal. Since I have become a nurse I realize that one major detarent to my healing was my weight. I also have learned that I am God's child and he loves me regardless. But knowing he loves me , I also know that His will is that I have good health and the stamina I need to be a good nurse to the people He has entrusted to my care. I am learning like Janet told me this last week, I can't do this on my own. I have to give it over to God and I think this book will help me to do so.

Janet K Brown said...

Oh, Sandra, your words break my heart. As you remember, I was where you are. God is faithful. I'm praying for you. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Cindi A said...

I could really use some help in the area of weight loss and keeping it off. Please enter me in the contest to win a copy of this book.


Diane Dishman said...

Sounds like a great book and on a topic so many of us need help with, Janet. :-D

Janet K Brown said...

Thanks for commenting Cindi. What a battle it is to keep off that weight. Thanks, Diane, for checking it out & holding my feet to the fire, so to speak.

bonton said...

Enjoyed your interview, Janet!

Would love to read your book - I have struggled with weight issues most of my life, & vowed to God just a couple of days ago - to re-commit myself to the task of losing weight. Thank you!


Sandra Tressler said...

Sorry I didnt realize yesterday's coment was so long till I saw it compared to others. Today I will just say I would like to win the book for my 21 yr old daughter also. I see her on the same road I traveled for so many years. I would like for her to have a better young adulthood than I did. Thanks Janet for the encouragement.

Janet K Brown said...

Good to hear from you, Bonnie. I pray each day for every person fighting a weight problem and reading Divine Dining. I will remember you, also, with your new dedication to God This could be the start of something great.

Janet K Brown said...

Oh, Sandra, I so understand. It's hard enough to fight this battle ourselves but to see our children start out that way, is hardest of all. I'm praying for you. God knows all about it.

Moonine Sue Watson said...

Janet, I knew you before you began your weight loss journey. I remember seeing you several years later and being amazed at how you looked. I can vouch for your story being accurate as well as your faith journey. Proud of you friend. If I am a winner, I have someone to give it to.

Janet K Brown said...

Thank you, Sue, for the testimonial. I love you, my friend.

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