Janice Strubbe Wittenberg


Janice Strubbe Wittenberg is delighted to share her award winning novel, The Worship of Walker Judson. It's a story of a healer-gone-bad, and a young woman who's unquestioning faith in him gets torn asunder. Additionally, she's written, The Rebellious Body: Reclaim Your Life from Environmental Illness or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Plenum Publishers, 1996), and has co-authored the forthcoming book, My Husband is Under There Somewhere, an investigation into the psycho-spiritual aspects of obsessive compulsive hoarding.

For over thirty years, she's worked as a registered nurse for Santa Cruz County Mental Health, twenty years of them spent as crisis outreach to at risk older adults. Additionally, she's been a health educator and freelance writer with a focus on alternative health matters. In the past, she worked at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, served on Hospice of Santa Cruz County's Board of Directors. Today she lives in Aptos, California with hubby, John, her adorable flock of chickens, two eccentric cats, and her beehives. When she has a spare minute, she plans to master watercolor painting

Smashwords Interview

What made you decide to write?
Way back, I fell head over heels for the Newbery Medal winning book, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, she spoke of a Tesseract, or "wrinkling time." In the novel, the tesseract functions like a space warp or a wormhole, a portal from one area of space to another, which is possible through the bending of the structure of the space-time continuum. A third grader at the time, the concept of non-material reality amazed me no-end, and as a result I set about to write, inflicting my prose upon my class. Given their disinterest, I swiftly put the notion of myself as writer to rest.

Longing still stirring, many years later while working on my non-fiction book, The Rebellious Body, overtaken by the urge, I began to write The Worship of Walker Judson.
You've worked in mental health for over 30 years and are familiar with the world of energy healing as well. Did you base any of your characters on people you know?
In many regards, Lauren is an autobiographical character. I wore a brace much like the one described in the book and got shunned to some extent, as well. Another influencing factor; I was raised Catholic, adored martyrs and fancied I just might become one.

Walker Judson is a combination of junk from my brain and personal experiences, positive and negative, with teachers and healers. Basically, the other characters are composites of individuals I've encountered over time. The psych hospital is fashioned after the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, where I worked for a time. Due to confidentiality, I cannot share names of patients with whom I worked in mental health, but my contact with hoarders gave me an inspired wealth of material to work from that landed on the novel's pages.
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My Husband's Under Here Somewhere: Collectors, Packrats, and Compulsive Hoarders
Price: Free! Words: 59,110. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Psychology » General
Morbidly fascinating tales of hoarders and collectors abound as our acquisitive culture is examined. A professional clutter-buster and a mental health nurse offer funny and compassionate commentary on hoarders and collectors who spin out of control. The science behind hoarding—including its link with Obsessive-Compulsive disorders—as well as promising forms of treatment add to the mix.
The Worship of Walker Judson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,960. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A Divine Read! This tale, about Walker Judson, a charismatic healer, gone-bad, and the adoring young acolyte who entrusts him with her life, examines the abuse of power and why followers so eagerly relinquish their own. So, is Walker Judson truly a healer-gone-bad or a saintly soul whose paranormal talents are misunderstood? You, the reader, must decide. Amazon reviews are appreciated.

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