Episode 118 – Janet Thompson is the author of 19 books with a focus on mentoring.

Show Overview

  • 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.


  • Nonfiction

My Books

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.
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. @ThompsonDearGod Click To Tweet

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

About Janet from Her Amazon Author’s page

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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