STORY OF THE WRITER
Janice M. Whiteaker
Ladies and gentlemen today we have a very special guest and fellow daytonian Janice M. Whiteaker. She’s is a mom and an author. I absolutely LOVE author moms. Being a parent is tough as it is, but then being a mom AND an author, adds a whole new dimension.
Everybody please welcome Janice!
Welcome to the locomotion. Let’s begin!
Janice writes romances with a bit of suspense. One of her books, RUN is available now, and her new book OUT BAD is due on Amazon July 15th 2016. Here’s a peak at the covers.
Her new book Out Bad, is available to pre-order and will be delivered wirelessly via Amazon July 15th. Check it out, I just pre-ordered!
It’s so nice to interview someone from my neck of the woods.
It’s great that you are a full-time mom and pursuing your dreams. I find that very inspiring. Well, here it goes.
Are you originally from Dayton, Oh?
I am! I was born at Kettering Medical Center and raised in Miamisburg. Now, I live in Springboro which is where both my grandfather’s grew up. One grandfather’s great-uncles actually helped found the city.
That’s awesome, I love Springboro. It’s a bustling area right now too. We frequent the urgent care center there. Lol!
Tell us a little about when you were a hairstylist.
I did hair for 15 years, most of them as a sole-proprietor. I very much like to be in control of things (the same reason I self-publish) and it was a great fit for me. I made my own hours and handled my own books. The profession requires you to be a self-starter and I have found that to be very helpful experience when it comes to writing.
I admire anyone who can tackle self-publishing head on with its challenges. You also strike me as a go-getter. That’ll definitely work to your advantage.
YOU’RE A MOM! AWESOME! I love moms because they’re the hardest workers on the planet. Period. So what’s a typical day like at home?
Essentially, I make food, clean up food, make food, clean up food. All. Day. Long. Oh, and I try to keep the workplace injuries to a minimum.
I can relate to this all too well. Little eating machines aren’t they? It’s hard to believe human beings can be that messy. I’ve managed to keep that quality in adult life. *sigh* The workplace injuries MUST be kept to a minimum. Safety and fall prevention is part of my day job, I completely understand! Essentially we try to keep them fed, clean, and from killing each other. Fun!
Do you have any major hobbies you enjoy?
I actually have quite a few hobbies. We own an RV, so we do quite a bit of traveling/camping. I knit and crochet. I also love gardening, the edible kind, and canning. I’m pretty handy with power tools and love home renovation. These hobbies rotate in importance since there’s only so many hours in a day. Right now, we are in prime camping season so that is the major one.
Traveling is definitely a fun one. Not too outdoorsy, but I’ll go camping. It’s great you can work power tools. I’m jealous, sort of. Kind of mechanically declined. It’s hopeless.
What’s your genre? Why?
I write romance. I love it. Always have. I love reading and writing about the complexities of love and relationships. Plus, I’m a little bit sensitive so a book with a sad or upsetting ending will gnaw at me for a long time. I like knowing the end of a book is going to be a happy one. With romance, your odds of leaving the story with a smile on your face are pretty darn high.
It’s great you write what you love, love what you write. Makes a big difference. Youre readers are keen on this. I’m curious as to what you think a bad ending is though.
Tell us about your upcoming book, Out Bad.
Right now I’m neck deep in editing a stand alone titled Out Bad. It’s about a former motorcycle gang member trying to build a new life, one he hopes will attract a future wife. He feels his past will make most women avoid him like the plague so he works hard to build a business and a beautiful home, hoping it will be enough to offset his misdeeds. When he meets the woman he’s been looking for, it turns out the life he actually needs to help rebuild is hers, only in a very different way.
Your premise sounds very intriguing with lots of history. Can’t wait to read it!
1. You’re a writer; so what’s your story?What inspired you to take this journey?
Initially, it was simply to see if I could. It’s probably odd, but I didn’t always write. I didn’t always want to be a writer. I have, however, always been a reader. At a certain point, I was reading books by women just like me and I thought, I wonder if I could do this too? So, I sat down and started writing. Very quickly, I realized there was more to it than just writing. That’s when I found K.M. Weiland’s books on structure and outlining. I took some time, educated myself and then went back to work. Right now I have one published book, one book in editing and another completed draft hanging out and I am deeply in love with what I’m doing.
Hey, you can’t go wrong with KM Weiland. Your story sounds very much like mine! The only difference was I didn’t read alot growing up (this didnt stop my rampant imagination) I did however fancy words a bit, kept a dictionary in my back pocket. Lots of TV and comics too.
2. What’s your GOAL (S) in becoming a writer?
I want each book I write to be better than the last. I want my books to make people feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. I want to write stories that stick with the reader long after they’ve finished, in a good way. I want to keep people up at night, reading one more chapter.
Hmm. I like your focus here. You sound very passionate about what your doing. I love it! The profilic James Patterson said, one thing you can’t teach is passion. Every writer needs it, and you’ve got it. A+.
3. What 3 things have hindered you from completing your projects? (CONFLICT)
Well, my first issue was lack of knowledge. I had to learn the basics before I made a big mess so that really slowed down my first book. Now, my primary struggle is perfection. I am constantly forcing myself to keep moving forward and not get hung up on one line.
Somehow I think we’re kin.
4. What keeps you motivated in achieving your dream? (DESIRE)
I really like to push myself to progress. I want to be the best I can be at everything I do, and writing is a great challenge in that aspect. There is always something to learn, a skill to develop.
Very inspiring! Writing will always teach you something new. Nature of the beast. Something of ourselves, characters, our writing process, the world, life etc. It’s the constant learning that I love. You’ll find perfection in the process, it comes included in the journey.
5. What’s your main ANTAGONIST? What’s in the way of you accomplishing your goals?
This is going to totally ruin my chances at winning mother of the year, but as cute as my kids are, they are kind of energy and attention vampires. Right now, my older son is dancing in his underwear, stabbing the television with a silk flower stem, repeating the dialogue to Pinky and the Brain at the top of his lungs.
You’re already Mom of the Year. Seriously, to your kids, your the BEST ever. That’s all they need. Nice visual. All too familiar with underwear dancing, especially in front of the mirror before bedtime. Right when my patience is evaporated. They should make it into a sport.
We’ve got two mini-vampires aged 5 and 7. Not sure where their energy comes from, except sucked out of us. Hah! Actually we’ve got one Frankenstein, one Vampire. Adorable little cuties aren’t they?
~Every mom is a superhero to their children~
6. Why do writers give up, quit or abandon their dream?
Being a successful writer means different things to different people. I would guess, most people want their books to be well received and make them some money. Unfortunately, getting to that point is preceded by years of hard work with very little financial gain while you build a back list, a fan base, and an online presence. It isn’t just about writing books anymore. Now you have to build a brand while you write books. Success involves strategy and business savvy, not only talent and creativity which can be more than a little overwhelming.
I love this answer, it’s so true!
7. What would you say to a struggling writer who’s given up? Or perhaps to encourage other moms in your position?
I think it’s important to realize writing and publishing is a marathon. You have to train for it and then keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Nice. Words if wisdom here. Definitely a marathon. Takes training, commitment, determination, pleasure and endurance. Well said.
BONUS: What are your favorite quotes?
“You can’t edit a blank page.” Nora Roberts
“If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.” Margaret Atwood
You can also list a few of your favorite books, novels, or writing books.
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing-Mignon Fogarty
Smarter Faster Better-Charles Duhigg
All the Writer’s Thesauruses by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
Keep writing sister!
God bless you and your family!