Overcomers Inc Interview – Jan Janzen

During this week, we will be sharing a wide variety of interviews with the authors of the Overcomers Inc anthology. You will learn many things about these authors, overcoming and yourself. Feel free to come back often to read more, check the recent post list for other interviews, or simply subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog to get all the interviews. Once you read the interview, visit the link at the bottom of the page – for an incredible Overcomers offer which is only available for a limited time.

Jan Janzen is a non-denominational minister, healer and business coach. She is the author of two books and 8 CDs for the spiritual entrepreneur. To receive Jan´s complimentary ebook: 10 Secrets to Living the Life of Your Dreams, visit www.janjanzendaily.com

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How did you get started writing? I started writing as a child in grade school and was enthralled with it. Then 2 ½ years ago, I wrote my first book, Devil with A Briefcase in 6 weeks and 1 ½ years ago, I wrote my second book, Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round in 6 weeks. I love to write. It´s when I am most in “the zone”.

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What do you do when you are not writing? I am a non-denominational minister, healer and a business coach that works with entrepreneurs to eliminate the emotional blocks that stop them in their businesses. I am “the Sunshine Gypsy” and I work and travel all over the world, learning, exploring, teaching, healing and loving life.

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What would readers like to know about you? That you can take a very difficult situation – (I left the religion of the Jehovah´s Witnesses after 38 years and lost my family, my friends and my husband of 18 years) – and you can survive and thrive.

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What inspired you to be a contributing author in Overcomers, Inc.? I admire Lynne Klippel and it was a great opportunity to get my message of hope, courage and inspiration out to potentially thousands of readers. Plus I would get to work with an amazing team of marketers and see how you take a book to best seller status.

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Why is the topic of Overcoming important to you? Most people see it as a “negative” thing – “we need to overcome” – as if it was something arduous. In reality it´s such an exciting part of our journey, I can´t think of it as anything but positive!

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Why are you specially qualified to write about this topic? I went from being happily married, living in a beautiful home overlooking the ocean and earning a 6-figure income to being almost bankrupt, homeless and divorced. I had to overcome a lot as while this was happening there was no family or friends to support me.

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How many books have you written? This is now my 3rd.

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What are the titles of your books and what genres are they? Devil with a Briefcase: 101 Success Secrets for the Spiritual Entrepreneur is for entrepreneurs that is based on my years with the Jehovah´s Witnesses. I took the business lessons I learned from that religion and wrote the book. People love it because they learn something about this religion that is on their doorstep on Saturday morning but they really know very little about. Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round: How to Create the Life You Want Without the Fear, Doubt and Guilt is a personal development, self-help book that has received rave reviews including one reader saying it should be in Oprah´s book club. People have devoured this book because it gives them answers you don´t find elsewhere – eg. how a past life is affecting your weight or how what you experienced in utero is now keeping you broke.

9.
How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track when you’re writing a book? I take dictation from the Universe and the books are written very quickly and even I go back and say, “Oh my God, this is really good!” It´s like I never wrote them.

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Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both? Both.

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What makes you proud about your involvement with Overcomers, Inc.? I think people need encouragement, inspiration and motivation more than ever today as many have lost the traditional sources such as community or religion.

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Will you write more books? Absolutely! I will be writing the next one this winter.

13.
What do you have in the works now? It´s to do with breast health.

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What does the future hold for you and your books? I want to become a best-selling author many times over with an international speaking career that promotes my work and books.

15.
What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY? Nobody MUST read anything but I think people find other people´s stories encouraging and inspiring. It´s why reality TV has become so popular. People like to relate to someone else who did it and overcame a challenge.

16.
What people NEED to read this book and WHY? Everyone would benefit from reading inspiring stories of hope and courage particularly as so many are discouraged and feeling pessimistic.

17.
What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity? Life sparks my creativity! When you were raised in a strong cult such as I was with the message of doom and gloom and waiting for the end to come for 38 years, every day is now a gift and a joy. I look around and smile everyday that I am even here as I was raised to believe that this world would be long gone by now. So many things I never got to experience are still new to me like Christmas and birthdays, having my palm read or getting to sleep in on a Saturday morning. I still feel like a kid in the candy store even 10 years out of the religion. There is overwhelming gratitude for every day of life, who I am and what I can do to make this world a better place.

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What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry? People like to tell their story. They want to feel that they have something worthwhile to contribute. I just had to write. I didn´t even care if anyone read the books, which thankfully they did, but the urge to write was so compelling, I had to follow it.

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Tell me about the most unusual things you have done to promote any books? I talk about my pole dancing business in both my books and that always gets attention!

20.
If a potential reader thinks that your book wouldn’t interest them, what would you say to convince them to buy? I’m thinking something better than “Its the greatest book ever.” Give me something more specific 🙂 I´d ask them if they felt like they had any blocks, sabotages or issues that they just hadn´t been able to figure out and eliminate. Perhaps they can´t lose the weight, find the ideal partner or manage their money. They have tried everything but nothing has worked. My book Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round will help them to figure out why and my healing work would eliminate it.

21.
What is your final message to our readers? Go create the most amazing life you can because you deserve it, the world deserves it of you and we need your gifts to shine!

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