Janis Owens

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Janis Owens is the author of three previous novels and a regional cookbook. The only daughter of a Pentecostal preacher turned insurance salesman, she inherited her love of storytelling from her parents. She lives in Newberry, Florida.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Janis Owens
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. It'll all work out in the end. If it hasn't worked out yet, it isn't the end.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Stonewall Jackson: would tell him to quit being a freaking martyr and let the medics treat him. When he goes, there goes old Dixie. Would also like to ask my paternal great-grandmother if she really died of a hex. And who put it on her. And why.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Well don't tell them I said it, but...."

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Healing the sick (seriously.)

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Failure. North Atlanta rush hour traffic. Any rush hour traffic.

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February 22, 2010

I'm just done with a round of speaking on the winter lit circuit down South and it was the coldest book tour I've ever gone on. Sleet, ice, snow - all far south. It was snowing on the lowcountry and barrier islands of Florida last weekend. On all our southern panels, the southern writers are wearing eighteen layers of sweaters and mufflers and gloves, and have strained, "how is this happening?" expressions. We couldn't quite wrap our heads around persistent ice in Dixie. You know, I grew up Pentecostal and never saw anyone drink so much as a beer till I married Wendel. At the Southern Festival of Books, Jack Daniels was a sponsor. They kindly slipped a... see more

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