Episode 118 – Janet Thompson is the author of 19 books with a focus on mentoring.
- Janet Thompson didn’t start writing until she was 50. She has written 19 books on mentoring women, Bible studies, surviving cancer, and women’s life issues. After attending seminary she was trying to find out what she should be doing. She soon found herself in charge of creating a Women to Woman mentoring ministry program at Saddleback Church in Southern California. After that she wrote a kit on forming a mentoring ministry for women, which she and her husband self-published. It was picked up by Lifeway. Her books since then have all included some aspect of mentoring. In this interview we talk about her writing process, her motivation to write, how she gets her stories, and where her ideas come from and how she tracks them. She talks about all her books and how they came about. She’s always collecting stories.
- Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life Experiences and God’s Faithfulness
- Woman to Woman Mentoring
- Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter: Hope, Help & Encouragement for Hurting Parents
- Dear God, He’s Home!: A Woman’s Guide to Her Stay-at-Home Man
- You can find all her books on her website and on her Amazon Author’s page.
My Writing Motivation
- It isn’t about the number of books selling, but the number of women who are getting the book into their hands and how it’s going to change lives.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- My most difficult challenge is getting started. My mind has to be organized.
How I Start a Book
- When I decided to write a book, I put out a call for people’s experiences and pretty soon I am receiving women’s stories. The stories help me decide on the book’s direction. I write a table of contents for the proposal and then I write from the beginning to the end.
How I Write and Edit
- I write on my computer, print it out and edit the print copy. Then fix the computer file. When it’s done, my husband reads it and then a friend looks at it from a technical perspective.
The Hardest Part of Writing For Me
- The hardest thing for me is to say my manuscript is finished and send it off because I know I could always do one more thing and make it better.
Tips for Those Wanting to Write
- The first thing I tell them is to go to a writers conference. It’s a commitment to seriousness. You can learn so much. Then you have to follow through. The second thing I tell them is to never think that you can edit your own work.
My Most Rewarding Moment as an Author
- It’s a multitude of moments when I get emails telling me that something I wrote or something in my book was exactly what they needed at that moment. I cherish those.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- To not be discouraged, to not give up, to be persistent.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- Look at why you are struggling. Ask yourself why you are struggling. That’s what’s holding you back.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- For me, it’s whatever God has set for me. If He’s given me a message and I’m willing to sit down and write, and He uses it, that feels like success to me.
How To Find Me
- Janet’s Woman to Women Mentoring website
- Janet’s Facebook page
- Janet’s Twitter page
- Janet’s Pinterest page
- Janet’s Amazon Author’s page
- Janet’s YouTube page
About Janet from Her Amazon Author’s page
- I have a wonderful husband and four children who have blessed us currently with eleven beautiful grandchildren. I founded the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church in 1996 and train other churches to start mentoring ministries. I wrote Woman to Woman Mentoring How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Mentoring Ministry.
- The seven studies in the Face-to-Face Bible study series are written to do on your own, two friends or mentor and mentee to do together, or as group study. Each study has a Leader’s Guide.
- The Team That Jesus Built is a practical, how-to book for building a women’s ministry team or to enhancing a current team.
My writing, speaking, and editing ministry is About His Work Ministries.
- I have had two recurrences since my first breast cancer diagnosis in 2002 when I had the opportunity to write the book I longed to have, Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer: A Companion Guide for Women on the Breast Cancer Journey (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster).
- There are now two more Dear God, books: Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby? and Dear God, He’s Home! A Woman’s Guide to Her Stay-at-Home Man (New Hope Publishers, March 2013.
- My two most recent books are Forsaken God?: Remembering the Goodness of God Our Culture Has Forgotten and Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life Experiences and God’s Faithfulness.
- After living in Southern California my entire life, we moved to the mountains of Idaho and love the slower pace! But the Lord continues to keep me About His Work!
From My Perspective
- The show’s From My Perspective segments looks at the power of stories and why we should collect them and use them.
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