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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Books by this Author

The Cracker Kitchen
American Ghost

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

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. What are your most overused words or phrases?

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

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Underdogs.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Fried chicken wings

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, laughter, sincerity

Author Voices

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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