Posted by: nancyisanders | July 24, 2009

Author Interview: Jan Parys

Meet Author Jan Parys!
Website: Forthcoming at

Jan Parys is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the local paper and in church news bulletins. She also was published in Children’s Book Insider in the April issue telling about Clubhouse editor, Jesse Florea. A former teacher, she saw and still sees a need for interesting and wholesome children’s stories. She lives in New Bern, North Carolina, with her husband and cat, Princess Precious. Princess thinks she is a queen, but she is just a princess; I am the queen in our home.

Q: What inspires you most as a writer?
A: To share the truth about life, creation and the Lord. Since I taught in the public schools and shared the “facts” in the books I was given, I was also brainwashed and want to tell the truth now. For example, I was a real environmentalist and thought the earth was in danger and scared my students, too, teaching them what I was taught. Back then I had to read Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, and believed Greenpeace and such. Since being saved in 1980, I know more of the truth, like the Creator and His mercy for me and our planet. While I was teaching at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA, in 1980, an Indian aide led me to the Lord. 

Q: What books influenced you most of all when you were growing up?
A: Hittie’s One Hundred Years, encyclopedia (I loved the facts, really) and we didn’t own much more.

Q: Describe one highlight of your writing journey.
A: Meeting some lovely Christians who are so helpful.

Q: Share one tip you would like to give to someone who is a brand new writer.
A: Keep learning. Go to conferences and fellowship with anyone willing to do so. (When two or more are gathered in His name, is so true. Pray immediately on the spot when someone asks you to do so.)

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