Have you met a blind writer? Janet Eckles has struggled through many obstacles, including blindness, and has become a published writer. Her story and testimony of faith is encouraging.
How long have you been writing?
For seven years.
What is the greatest challenge you face?
Being completely blind, the first obstacle was learning to operate the computer using a reader. But trusting in God’s grace, I learned a myriad of key commands to writer and navigate from application to application. And now when sighted friends visit me, they stand beside my desk and gasp. “You can move around quicker than I can by using the mouse.”
God is indeed, good.
What was the inspiration for your book?
That woman who shares with me, “I don’t think I can go on. Life is too hard. My husband left me and my son is on drugs.”
God helped me to open the eyes of many to show them that with His power, we can still live free from fear and dance to the melody of His Word.
Thus, the title, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without fear at God’s Fiesta.
What do you hope readers take away from your book?
A refreshing reminder that god will bring victory, a passionate nudging to find God’s freedom to conquer fear, and a resonating message to begin a life of confidence, significance and purpose.
How do you weave your faith into the story?
When I relate the episode of losing my sight, I show how God gave me a new way to see His grace. When I open my heart to the details of the murder of my son, I show that God indeed does what He said He would do—bring comfort for heartaches and peace to an anguished soul.
And when infidelity marred our marriage, God’s whisper to forgive healed our relationship and restored our romance.
How did you find your publisher / agent?
As I have in the past, I attended a Christian writer’s conference. But this time, I went with that specific purpose—to find an agent. God, faithful as always, Introduced him to me, and the connection was immediate. He offered to represent me, we signed the contract and he presented the proposal for Simply Salsa to several publishing houses. And when he received this note from one of the acquisition editors, “We found Janet’s writing delightful, inspirational and refreshing. And that reaction is shared by all in the committee.” I knew that was my publisher. I signed the contract and we’re now dancing through the joy of presenting Simply Salsa to my readers.
Tell readers about your book.
This reader describes it best:
“Janet Perez Eckles’ Simply Salsa pulsates to the beat of God’s heart. With wit and in beautiful Latino metaphors, Janet shows how God leads us to him step by step until dramatic changes take place in our hearts. Janet is cheerleader, friend, mentor, and example as she helps us say, “Si to Jesus.”—Ane Mulligan, author.
What genres do you write in?
Women’s nonfiction and a bit of fiction. I’ve written two novels still in the drawer calling to be polished.
What have you learned about publishing?
The process invites many components:
Humility: to know when to accept critiques, to know when to let God’s ways replace yours, and to welcome re-writes.
Perseverance: To keep on writing When a message pulsates in your heart. When doors close. When rejection sears. When publication seems too distant. And when sales don’t meet expectations.
Gratitude: For the call to write, for God’s anointing for each word, for those He brings by our side and for the freedom to write.
Tell us how readers can contact you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, website, etc.).
My web site: www.janetperezeckles.com
My blog: www.janetperezeckles.com/blog
Facebook Fanpage https://www.facebook.com/