Janie Whitlock


Janie Whitlock was born with the liver disease, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. It was diagnosed in 1985 when Janie was 22. Her PSC was mostly asymptomatic until 2013 when she had to spend January in the hospital. Florida has been good for her health. Mayo Transplant Center in Jacksonville is following her case.

Due to the slow progression of the disease Janie has had the opportunity to get further education and had a short career in Film. For 10 years she lived on a farm in TN. and learned to preserve fruit and vegetables. In TN, she wrote for a local magazine whose primary goal was to promote sustainability.

Lisa Yarnell and Janie wrote this book as a way to thank people for donations to the medical expense fund at:

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about a blind queen who kidnaps a child. Sci-Fi, I think.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Having just the right word or phrase come to me with ease

Who are your favorite authors?

Jane Austen, Sue Grafton and Cornelia Otis Skinner

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?

Walking, thinking, cooking and researching the etymology of words

How do you discover the ebooks you read?

Word of mouth

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

That first cup of tea and attacking my to-do list

What is your writing process?

I write a certain portion in my head and try to remember it when I get the computer up and going

How do you approach cover design? E-mail my Mom that I need a cover design

What is your e-reading device of choice? Kindle fire – a present from someone up-to-date technologically

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you? This remains to be seen

Describe your desk – on my knee I balance the laptop sitting upright tin bed with my foot under me – often my foot goes numb at some point
What are your five favorite books, and why?
All Creatures Great and Small, Persuasion, Our Hearts Were Young And Gay, Cheaper By The Dozen, and Sue Grafton's Alphabet Series.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Janie Whitlock online


Sweet Sour Bitter
Price: Free! Words: 16,300. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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In Sweet Sour Bitter: A Tale of a Friendship, a Transplant, and a Lemonade Stand, lifelong friends tell their story of how an impending liver transplant shaped their lives. It’s a tale offered to readers with the hope of inspiring them to see the richness of their own stories, friendships, and lives.