Janice Olson is the author of fast-pace, character-driven suspense with an interlaced thread of faith. Her romantic suspense novels are filled with strong, resourceful characters that expose the darkness to light and make the impossible happen. Janice’s books are praised as a clean, wholesome reads with twists and turns, conspiracies and intrigues that provide hours of breathtaking entertainment.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND THEN SOME
Originally from California, my husband and I adopted Texas as our home. (I do miss the mountains and ocean of California though.) As a minister’s daughter, the likely progression of me marrying a minister seemed natural and right, especially when I met Harry, still in college studying to be a minister. We were married a year later.
Harry, the love of my life and my closest friend, is also my champion and number one fan. I can always depend upon him to be my cheering squad of one in all my endeavors. My husband helps me work through those time of inadequacies and low self worth to maintain confidence in the abilities God has endowed to me.
While growing up, though I loved to read, I was a slow reader and struggled with comprehension, resulting in low self-esteem, and yet I excelled artistically. It wasn’t until I reached my thirties that I found the explanation for my inverted letters and numbers, missing words while writing, struggles with reading and understanding, even twisted speech. I wasn’t dense or slow as I believed—I had lived with undiagnosed dyslexia. (Read more on my dyslexia in the article “An Author … In Spite of Dyslexia.”)
The day I recognized dyslexia as my setback, I began learning how to cope and look for solutions to my problem. However, with the inherent difficulties related to dyslexia, I never once thought of becoming a writer. However, God had a different plan.
My desire for good, clean, wholesome books that will entertain readers without sloshing through the gratuitous sex scenes and foul words was a big motivation for me to write my stories. And my books do just that. They provide hours of good, clean, wholesome reading without having to be embarrassed or ashamed of the content between the covers—books you could pass on to your mom, grandmother or child without hesitation.
Writing isn’t my only enjoyment in live. I am a musician, artist, craft hobbyist, and would travel the world if I had the money. And to have a morning or afternoon tea with friends or a lively repartee with my critique buddies is high on my list. The adventure of exploring old towns, antique stores, eateries, where I have never been, or traipsing about the countryside in the spring are always excellent ways to spend my time.
Of course, always at the top of the chart—a quiet evening with my husband, Harry. My enjoyment of travel has fostered my love for photography. However, my all-time favorite is to take a walk on a beach, shift through the sand hunting for treasures—shells, bits of colored glass, driftwood, and metal which are always a delight to find and without a doubt will brings about the questions of who, what, why, where, how did it come to be in this exact spot, at this exact moment in time just for me to discover. (Fodder for another book, I believe.)
I have been blessed to be a mother, to which you can often hear me boast about our terrific and Godly son and daughter and their mates. However, my pride and joy came full circle when my grandson was born. I had risen to an even greater echelon of motherhood—grandmother. J No sweeter words can be heard. My pride runs over and he can do no wrong. A little adage that I found is very true: Grandmas are good for hugs, cookies, a lot of lovin’ … and a whole lot more. And I learned this one right off the bat: Spoil the grandchild and then send him home for the parents to discipline.
There is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing my walk of faith and what Jesus Christ, the Son of God means to me. If you ask (and sometimes without asking), I will tell you, without Jesus I am nothing. He is my life, my very being, my reason for living. And you too can know this peace that I have.
As a public speaker, I have an eager passion to motivate my audience to believe you can achieve your full potential and grow beyond. The enthusiasm I infuse into my audience is through encouragement and challenge. My passion for people has the profound effect to spark new ideas and an attitude of I can in those who attend. I especially love to inspire my audience and readers with all things are possible … when you dare to believe.
For more information about my books, videos, speaking topics, and engagements, you may contact me at: Janice@JaniceOlson.com or visit my Website at: www.JaniceOlson.com. and click on the link “Speaker Request” to receive more information about my speaking engagements and how to contact me to speak for your group.
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