Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday Sisterhood with Janet Lee Barton


What Is Your Favorite Beverage: Tea
What Is Your Favorite Food: Mexican
What Is Your Favorite Thing to do During Free Time:   love to spend time with family and cook for them 
Who Has Been the Most Influential Person in Your Life:   Oh, my, this is not easy as there have been many—my parents, my fifth grade teacher, my husband and my daughter who have all ben very influential in my life. Some of them are not on this earth anymore. But I’d have to say, first and foremost, it would be our Lord and Savior who has influenced my life the most.
First Book You Fell in Love With:   Betsy Was a Junior by Maud Hart Lovelaceafter that I had to read all the Betsy Books.  I think my love of series began through reading those stories

A Book You Wish You’d Written: Gone With The Wind
First Book Published: Family Circle
Most Recent Book: A Place of Refuge
Out Next: A Home for Her Heart
How Many Have You Written: 22 novels-counting the one coming out in September-- and 5 novellas. Im working on book 23 now. 
What Do You Know Now That You Wish You’d Known Then:  How to keep the joy of writing that I had with my first book. 
What is Your Favorite Bible Story:  There are so many, but Ive always loved  the story of Ruth
What is Your Favorite Bible Verse: Oh wow, I have many favorites, but John 3:16 and John 14:2 are two of them. Have you noticed I have a hard time choosing just one of anything.? :)
What is Your Favorite Hymn: Night, With Ebon Pinion   It always makes me think of what Jesus did for us, gave up for us. 
What is an Ongoing Prayer Request You Have: To live each day as God would have me do


  1. I love Mexican food but the kids don't like it as I just don't get enough these days!

  2. Sherri, how funny. My favorite fast food restaurant is Taco Bell. My husband and son hate it. Hubby has to go to specific Mexican restaurants, and son wants nothing to do with Mexican food.

    So, Janet, how do you keep the joy in writing? That comment resonated with me :) It would be neat to put together a list of what each of us do.

  3. What a great interview! So good to learn more about you. I can see that I'm gaining a bunch of new tea buddies.

  4. Janet, so nice to meet you! We do have a high percentage of tea drinkers here, don't we? Your comment about keeping the joy in writing resonated with me too. I've hit some valleys (sometimes deep ones) when the joy couldn't be found. Prayer and scripture have helped pull me up on my feet again. Doing something unusual or spontaneous and totally unconnected with a writing project (just for fun) helps too. I'd love to hear what others do.

  5. Hi, Janet!

    I'm another Mexican food fan. Like Pamela, I'm a fan of Taco Bell. I've eaten there so many times I wish I had stock in the company. I also enjoy a real sit-down Mexican food restaurant, too.

    When you visit a Mexican food restaurant, what dishes do you usually choose? Notice that I didn't ask you to pick just one thing. :-)

  6. Hi Sherri, Pamela, Danica, Christine and Keli! I almost forgot it was my day to be interviewed! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! :)
    I'm on deadline and made my word count for the day just a bit ago--one of the ways I keep the joy in my writing. Actually I'm doing a talk about that at my ACFW chapter meeting this weekend. :)
    As for what I order from restaurants, it's usually Enchiladas. But truly, I like making my own better--I'm from New Mexico--did you know that "New Mexico enchiladas" are not rolled but flat? Love them!
    But I also like to order fajitas at some restaurants And I love Chili Rellenos.
    So glad to meet more tea lovers and Mexican food lovers!

  7. Janet, loved the interview. I wish I'd written Gone with the Wind, too! lol

    My mom and aunts grew up in N.M. and I didn't know people rolled up them up until I grew up. LOVE N.M. enchilladas, a wonderful reminder of my mom. Do you ever put a fried egg on top?

  8. Great interview Janet! But I'd have to choose Italian over Mexican.

    So happy you've written 23 great books!

  9. Great interview, Janet. I learned all kinds of new things about you. I know what you mean about the joy of writing. I'm in the process of rediscovering that right now.

  10. I had to go look up John 14:2--that's a good one! someday, we'll all live in a mansion. Great interview!

  11. HI Linda, Terri, Lori and Robin!
    I have put a fried egg on top, Linda- I wonder if that's mostly a New Mexico kind of thing, too? I never had a rolled enchilada until i moved out of the state. when I was grown. When I went to Hawaii to a Mexican restaurant there, they had New Mexico Style enchiladas on the menu and that's when I found out it was because they were flat. I still like them best.
    And Terri, I do love Italian, too. Its awfully close to Mexican.
    Isn't it wonderful to have that joy and keep it, Lori?
    Robin, It's hard to pick one verse--there are so many I love. But that is such a wonderful assurance for us, isn't it?

  12. Janet,

    I enjoyed learning more about you. I like Mexican, but I'm a tamale gal. Congratulations on all your books!

  13. Hi Janet - so great to learn some new things about you! Taco Bell happens to be my hubby's favorite fast food place as well. I can take it or leave it. My personal favorite is Cajun cooking, especially seafood - mmmmmm

  14. Hi Winnie! Well, now that you mention it I love seafood, too. :) My son-in-law is Cajun and he can fry some of the best fish and shrimp I've ever tasted. Just don't get as much up here in Oklahoma as we did when we lived in the south. :(

  15. Janet, fun to learn more about you!

    My hubby is a New Mexico State grad, and we love Mexican. I didn't realize flat Enchiladas were specific to NM. My cousin lives in Albuquerque and that's how she fixes hers.

  16. Hey Janet,
    Great interview! I've already told you how much I loved your last book! EVERYONE should read your New York stories! They are fantastic!

  17. Hi Janet, I loved learning even more about you. Those were really tough questions but you answered them beautifully. I can't wait to see you again. I'm hoping it won't be too long.

  18. Janet, I love Mexican food, too, but when my son went to work in South Carolina, he said he didn't recognize the Mexican food they served (at a sit down restaurant.) You were better off having Greek food there. Loved the interview

  19. Debby--I think it is a NM thing. :) My cousin lives in Albuquerque, too!
    Aaron, Thank You! I am so glad you are liking this series! It means a lot to me!
    Diane- I am so looking forward to seeing you too! Hopefully at ACFW in September?
    Leann-I've had Mexican food in a state that tasted like Barbecue! LOL Was really awful!
    Thank you all for stoping by!

  20. Hey Janet! Sorry I'm late stopping by today, but I enjoyed reading your interview.
    You are such a special person and talented author. I'm blessed for knowing you, sweet friend.
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  21. Janet, wonderful interview! But I have to say I'm with Terri on the Italian food over Mexican! : )

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  23. Patti Jo, so glad you could stop by! And you know that blessing goes two ways, sweet friend! Hoping to see you in September!

    Erin, thanks! Wish we had more Italian places here--we could do one for lunch before one of our meetings! :)

  24. Janet, what a beautiful photo! It was great getting to know more about you. :)

  25. Great interview, Janet! I loved your what I know now that I wish I knew then: How to keep the joy of writing that I had with my first book. :)

  26. Janet, I'm the same way...this world is full of so many great things to choose from that I have trouble deciding on just one thing, too. Sometimes I think we have too many choices. And I'm a great fan of Mexican food, too. Although I'm a wimp with the hot spices. :)

  27. Missy- Thanks so much--I had a good photographer for it and she didn't get too close up. :)
    Sandra-Thanks! I think I've finally figured it out and am having more fun writing as time goes on. :)
    Leigh-I think we have too many choices, too--especially in the grocery store! And I like some hot spices--but not the ones that make you feel like smoke is coming out your ears! Whoa--those are too much for me.


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