Writing and Wrestling with the Heart [NOOK Book]

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In this Penguin eSpecial, Jan Karon, the bestselling author of the Mitford and Father Tim novels, tells the personal story of her life as a writer. Illuminating the way in which faith has influenced both her life and her writing, Karon also discusses her calling as an author—a calling she received early but took years to answer. Only an incredible leap of faith gave her the courage to give up all she had, risking everything to follow this call. Intimate, funny, and straight-from-the-heart, this eSpecial is a ...
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Overview

In this Penguin eSpecial, Jan Karon, the bestselling author of the Mitford and Father Tim novels, tells the personal story of her life as a writer. Illuminating the way in which faith has influenced both her life and her writing, Karon also discusses her calling as an author—a calling she received early but took years to answer. Only an incredible leap of faith gave her the courage to give up all she had, risking everything to follow this call. Intimate, funny, and straight-from-the-heart, this eSpecial is a superb companion to Jan Karon’s novels, providing a revealing glimpse into the life of a novelist who has moved so many people with her words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440656729
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 114,446
  • File size: 207 KB

Meet the Author

Jan Karon
Jan Karon
If you have ever wanted to settle down in an idyllic small town and live a life focused on faith and family, Jan Karon's books are for you. Her Mitford series follows a rural town, its inhabitants and its rector with humor, sentiment and a foundation of Christian values that help characters overcome setbacks.

Biography

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Janice Meredith Wilson
    2. Hometown:
      Blowing Rock, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lenoir, North Carolina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    Highly Recommend

    I really enjoyed this small book. It is Jan giving a talk on the Mitford books. Very interesting about how she became an author. Enjoyable fast read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Recommended

    I bought this book to help me as i am writting about my own life as a Priest and I Love the Mitford stories, i am love the way in which Jan weaves the story without giving it away too early, trully enjoyable books, this is helping me to push forward

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

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    A must read for Jan Karon fans

    A nice personal talk from Jan Karon, the author of the heartwarming Mitford book, telling us of how she was inspired to write this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Interesting speech by Jan Karon - buy if you're a fan of hers

    This is a speech by Jan Karon. If you're really interested in her then buy the book. It's very short and left me wanting more.

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