Trade in your popcorn for pop rocks as you dive into Naomi’s chaos.
Author interview with Janet ~
a little about yourself and how you started writing.
one of those “I’ve been writing since I was a kid” people. And in high school
and undergrad I imagined myself writing the clichéd, “Great American Novel.” Except,
I ended up taking a long break when I started teaching and having kids of my
own. Several years ago, when I was teaching for an online education vendor, I
started up again. One of the things I loved about teaching in the classroom was
lesson planning and writing new curriculum. In the online setting, the
curriculum was set, and I needed a creative outlet. So I started writing again.
And then I thought, “what if I wrote a book?” And then, “what if I decided to
try to publish this book?”
What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
love reading far and away the best, but I also enjoy hiking, playing board and
card games, going to movies at the movie theater, and having long lunches with
How do you start your day (a routine of sorts?)
I’ve been trying to slip in writing time in the morning, which is challenging
because I already wake up early for my day job. But I’m discovering I really
like starting my day with writing, even if it’s only a few words (I write
pretty slowly). So, I wake up at 5:00am, make sure none of my browsers are open
to distract me, set my phone alarm for 5:30 and write.
Finish this: “I can’t write without…”
…a song playlist. And
I’m not saying I need to write with music; rather, I need a playlist that acts
as inspiration for what I’m writing. Songs that either reflect where I am in my
writing journey, or otherwise feel like my characters’ experiences. It helps my
brain keep writing even when I’m not physically typing on a computer.
Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?
I’ve worked in K-12 public education all my
life in both teaching and other supporting roles.
What are you working on now?
A few things. Probably a few too many. I’m
mulling over a short story (or novella?) that focuses on two of the secondary
characters in ALL I’M ASKING, drafting a novel about a brother and sister, and
dabbling with a rom-com.
Is anything in your book based on real-life
There’s always something of me in every book
I write. It’s inevitable. In ALL I’M ASKING, one of the main characters, Naomi,
is an online teacher, which is something I did for several years. Many of the
interactions she has with students in the book, while not exactly the same,
definitely mimic much of what I experienced with students. I know that we are
in a time period where online learning sounds terrible, but when chosen
deliberately, and designed deliberately, online learning is an amazing
alternative for many students.