Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Jo Walker

Is there a story behind your book Willing to Die?

Yes, indeed. My writing only began just under five years ago. My bio explains how it became part of my life. I had heard about John Munteans life through my daughter who is friends with John’s oldest son. At that time, I had been writing my first fiction, Hope. Upon hearing about John’s story, I said, “Oh I would love to write it.”

She responded, “He already is writing it, himself.”

That ended the idea for me, until a couple years later, three months after my husband had passed away. I was still working as a CNA in our local hospital long term care center. Nights.

I had taken a month leave of absence to be with my daughter who was struggling with her dad’s passing. On March 12, 2012, I received a call from John’s oldest son, Ovie. He asked me if I would help his father write his book. He had no idea what he was really asking me or anyone else he might ask.

I told him I was honored to be asked and it would have to be clear to me from the Lord, that it indeed was God’s plan and purpose. He sent me the twenty-six pages of his dad’s story which had been translated into English from the Romanian language.

Of course I wanted to write it, but life isn’t and wasn’t then about what I wanted. It had to be God all the way. I wrote Ovie and his father a very long email explaining the writing facts of life, and that anyone doing this would need to do it fulltime and would need to be paid.

After nine days of prayer on both sides, it became clear I was to write the book. I quit my job as a CNA, and went to Costa Mesa, Ca. to do interviews. I stayed with the couple for one month, and did over seventy interviews. Between interviews and research, the writing began in earnest in September of 2012.

I would finish a rough draft and then send it to John to review. He being Romanian born and raised would read it through carefully three times. Any needed corrections were noted. We tried the whole Skype thing, but that really didn’t work. There were language issues, but we muddled our way through them.

Over Christmas I realized I had to get back to Costa Mesa. I was at a standstill. I arrived on Jan. 26th. I stayed with the Munteans once again, interviewing some more and writing 8-11 hours a day. On Monday, Feb. 26th of this year, I had no book proposal, I was three-quarters of the way through the book, I had no publisher in mind, and no one to help edit. One week later on Monday, Mar. 4th, a beautifully edited book proposal, the Prologue and first three chapters were in a publisher’s email waiting to be read. It was, and I received an email back saying he wanted the book.

I have been told over and over again, that is a miracle.

Why did God choose me to write this book? I will be asking Him that when I see Him. J

All I know is He took this new widow, who had only begun to learn how to write, to pen Willing to Die. Even before I knew for certain, even before John Muntean had decided to hire me, God gave me the idea for the prologue, he gave me the very first sentence of the book, and He gave me the very last word of the Romanian part of the story.

What started you on your writing journey?

As I mentioned in my bio, I was selling real estate at the time, and being in my sixties I didn’t want to still be selling real estate when I was eighty-five. So I asked God about any talent I might have. After all, Grandma Moses didn’t begin painting until she was eighty. I had no intention of sitting around in old age. And no I am not eighty-five now. J

One night in late fall of 2008, I finished a poorly written mystery. As I closed the book I said out loud, “I could have written something that good.” The seed went from my mouth to my ears to my heart. So I asked God about it. The rest is history. I began my fiction Hope, without having one bit of knowledge of the writing process.


What distracts you from writing the easiest?

I have the ability to organize most anything, except my life. I am on the computer a lot. I facebook, I tweet, I look at tons of email. I am very political and responsible for sending out local tea party email as well. My phone alerts me to emails coming in and sometimes I just have to take a peek.

I have set 1pm as the beginning time to attend to all aspects of writing. But here I am at 9am already doing this.


What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)

I like good, well written clean mysteries. I am a J.A. Jance fan. Have read more of her series than any other author. I love wonderfully challenging books like Ted Dekker’s books and series. He is an amazing author. Then of course, Frank Peritti. On the political side I just finished Glenn Beck’s, The Eye of Molloch. I believe that is a must read for those liberty loving patriots who fear for our nation. After they read, Willing to Die, of course.


What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

A really good joke, a friend I am emailing back and forth who is saying funny outrageous things. Of course, a really funny line in a book or television show. The first book in a series by one of the ACFW author’s, had me in stitches. I was reading it late at night at the Munteans and had to muffle my laughter so as not to wake them. It was so funny, I actually got out of bed, fired up my computer and sent her a message on FB. Now for the title. Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson. Hilarious. That first night I heard myself reading it in a southern accent.

What is your favorite season of the year?

I live in the one of the most beautiful spots in Wyoming. I’m only fifty miles from the east gate into Yellowstone. At five thousand foot elevation, we have the four seasons. Sometimes up to a hundred degrees in the summer, and more often to below zero in the winter. I prefer cold over heat. The wind is crazy. You can have snow in early October and clear into June. Several years ago, it actually snowed on the 4th of July. Living here I have to say, I love what each season offers up.


What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

Most of my life was spent in Oregon, eastern Oregon to be exact. In a small town of fifteen thousand people. That was pretty cool, however I love Wyoming. I love living in Cody. Yes in the fall there is a lot of brown due to the area being high desert, but I look out on two mountains. Cedar and Rattlesnake. Visit my website at and pop over to my page called, My Corner. That will answer your question. J

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

I love Europe. I grew up on fairytales, thus my fascination of castles. On a trip to Holland I visited the Kastele DeHaar, near Utrecht. We walked around the bend in the road and there it stood, looking like a Disneyland castle. I was in heaven. The little girl inside was doing a lot of Snoopy dances. Dreams do come true.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)

This is very easy for me to answer. Any meal with my family. My three children and their families all live around one thousand miles away. I am alone now. Of course any friend that wants to share a meal is a wonderful treat.

The next book I am self-publishing as an ebook, my fiction, Hope. It is currently being macro edited by the same great editor that worked on Willing to Die. It is my intention to have it completed and published by the end of the year, because Bethany is pushing me to make it better.

HOPE is about a thirty-five year old widow, who lost her husband and twin five year old daughters in a car accident. Jessica was driving. Not her fault, but like many she blames herself. The book is about her move to Hope WY., where she wants to find her peace and begin anew. The house she is determined to buy has the dubious reputation of being haunted, and something or someone is as determined to stop her. Her life is almost ended.


To buy the book, go here:

Author Bio:

Josephine Walker a former stay-at-home mom, car sales associate, Realtor and CNA in a long-term care center started her writing career in 2009 after asking God “When I get old, what am I going to be doing? I must have some talent somewhere.” God planted a seed in her heart, gave her the idea for her first book, a fiction called Hope, soon to be published. Over the two years of writing Hope, she learned her craft, which prepared her for God connecting her with Mr. Muntean to author, Willing to Die.

A rough partial outline for the book was written by John Muntean, that and a total of 107 interviews brings the story and John’s warning to America to light.

Josephine Walker is the penname for Jo Walker, a member of ACFW. A mother of three grown children, grandmother of eleven, widowed in 2011.

Connect with Jo here:
Personal site:

Jo is giving away a copy of Willing to Die.
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)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown



sam said...

We take our present freedom for granted and this book should reinforce this fact.
sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hello Jo. I first read an article today. I liked everything that was being said. This man of what he speaks. I pray GOD will continue to protect him and his family/ I had hoped by now that America would wake up. We have been warned so many times from people from other countries, but still things seem to be going from bad to worse. I lived in Jackson Hole for 6 years and loved it. I loved that we never needed AC's in our house or car. And, I'd moved their from Houston, Tx. I remember shortly after moving there, I heard some older men talking about the heat wave, so I had to listen. It had been just over 80 for several days, and HOU. has up in the 100+ to many mos. of the yr. I loved seeing the beautiful Tetons and lakes every day. I would be so happy to win this book. I also think it would be good in our church library. Thanks for a chance to win it.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

bonton said...

Interesting interview!

Love the story of how Jo came to write the book, & would love to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


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