Interview with Janie Van Komen

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is in my blood. It took me years to realize that 'I write.' No matter what else is happening in my life… I write about it or anything else I can think of. My greatest joy of writing is simply to write.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having fans means that something I have written is of value to somebody else. For this I am grateful.
What are you working on next?
I just finished Sisters of the Sole (Soul) and it is about to be published. I am already working on two adventure thrillers.. one is based on a true story the other is not.
Who are your favorite authors?
I think my favorite author is usually the one I am reading right now… if I am in love with the book that is. Of those living… I am really impressed with Kate Morton at the moment.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed each day because I have not reached a point in my life when I have nothing to do… Sometimes I wish I had the luxury of choosing to stay in bed all day or not.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a husband, ten children, 32 plus two in the oven grandchildren, and I am an active participant in my Church… nuff said.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover ebooks from word of mouth, Smashwords, and other social media, and of course from close friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first major story started when I was in the fifth grade and I decided to write the 'perfect' story. I am still working on it.
What is your writing process?
My fantasy writing process is unlimited uninterrupted hours. My real process is grabbing snatches of time in the cracks of an insanely busy day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first chapter book I read was Nancy Drew's Secret in the Old Attic. My mother forced me to read. I begged her to read it to me, but she insisted it was time for me to read my own books… Thanks Mom!
How do you approach cover design?
I approach cover design by calling my graphic artist son-in-law and telling him what I have in mind and then letting him use his incredible creativity to come up with just what I did not know I wanted but is better than anything I could think up on my own.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. I have underlined so many passages in the book. Most amazing example of justice and mercy aside from the scriptures, of course.
All other books come and go but Les Miz is never dethroned.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read books that are recommended to me by a couple of my best friends. Cindi Techmeyer who is the world's best reference librarian and knows what I will like. Lyn Austin-Maupin with whom I write. And Kenya Transtrum, another dear friend. These three women make the choices for me so I don't have to wade through junk. My mother also recommended numerous books for me but she is now in Heaven inspiring me as to what to write about.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Helaas… I am still saving my money to acquire that e-reading device of choice. Until then I have to settle for my phone or my computer
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think my speaking to various groups in public has sold more books at one time than any other means.
Describe your desk
My desk right now is completely empty except for the computer I am working on. (I am currently moving into a new office and have not yet decided how I want to set it all up… it has been empty for a month now… hmmmm. Does that say something about me?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rural community where everybody helped to raise everybody's kids. The only entertainment was a movie theater, a nickel root beer in a frosted mug at the corner drugstore, and my imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I cannot ever remember not writing
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I am working on right now is based on a true account of a woman during World War II who left the Netherlands in fear of her life and went to Germany. She found herself involved in espionage, escape, and anarchy, eventually fighting her way back to the Netherlands only to be separated from her lover and placed in a work camp.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the freedom it gives to market how, where, and to whom, I wish to target. It also gives me control over my own products.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords takes the difficulties out of trying to decide which way to e-pub. They offer all the avenues. It is a true gift to the Indie author.
Published 2014-03-04.
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Books by This Author

Sisters of the Sole (Soul)
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 58,660. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
"Sisters of the Sole (Soul)" pairs the crossroads of a woman's fears, issues, and concerns, with stories, advice, and quips to make a cozy fit for the journey. Published authors, Lyn Austin and Janie Van Komen, cobbled together their experience, expertise, enthusiasm, and research as ‘Sole Sisters,’ to fit comfortable shoes of hope for women of all ages.
The Opa Legacy
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 78,340. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography, Fiction » Historical » General
1880's Willem Albert van Komen survives the Typhoid and Yellow Fever plagues in the West Indies plus the unexplained death of a friend. Upon his return to the Netherlands he finds a wife, a faith, and a family, leaving them a simple but profound legacy. This fictionalized history reveals the greatness of an understated life.