In the Life of Author Janis Cox

Today, author and illustrator Janis Cox visits me! Like myself she is also a children’s author. I hope you enjoy gleaning the different things authors do to sustain an income, write and still have a life outside of writing.

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When Emma Right asked me to write about a typical day in my life, I realized that was impossible. I am a retired, or should I say realigned, a person who now finds herself writing, and painting for the Lord.

 

Each day is different. Tonight I am supposed to be making stuffed turtles for an art show that is in a week, but I find myself writing this post instead.

 

Most of my writing is in blogging. On Sundays I post Sunday Stillness. For the past two months I have been writing about what God is teaching me through Titus. I developed a Bible study called the S.I.M.P.L.E. Bible Study so all can go deeper into God’s Word on their own. Every other Tuesday I belong to Creative Tuesdays with a prompt to paint. I am having fun finding out what God wants me to say. This past February I began a new venture – radio broadcasting for Hope Stream Radio. Each week I send a 3 minute audio recording to the studio to be uploaded for Tuesday’s broadcasts (and Saturdays too).Tadeo and stuffed Tadeos

 

In October 2012, I published my first children’s book, Tadeo Turtle which won best children’s book for 2013. Since then everything has been on a high level learning curve, from learning to self-host through WordPress for blogging, to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, LinkedIn. Way too much I must say.

 

I am tasked oriented – except for tonight, as I look at those little stuffed turtles awaiting completion – if someone gives me a project, or there is a deadline I will work towards it.

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My typical day is a mixture of walks with my husband and our little dog, cooking three good nutritious meals for us, keeping up with connections and trying to finish my blog posts.

Add to this, we also run a charity for single parents called HASP. We are now working with our first client and that has taken up many emails, phone calls, and discussions. But I am loving it.

 

A “typical” day:

 

My early morning is very much the same every day. I get up around 5:30-6:00, have a lovely prayer time, then start my studies. Sometimes it is a Bible study I am working on – this past month I have led a study on The Workbook of Living Prayer and am taking a study by Beth Moore called Children of the Day. I also am studying Titus during this time as I hope to write a Bible study based on the book. Soon I will be starting work on a children’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) program for a week in July at our church.

 

Two times a week I go tap dancing for one and a half hours (minus all the talk).

 

After studying, I make our breakfast. Since we are now eating whole foods, and all natural we eat a big meal. We eat no grains, or sugar. I don’t think I have ever been healthier!

janis imageAt this point in the day, I try to steal away to my den, to either write, or paint, or sew.

Lately that seems to be more difficult and I have to figure out why.

 

Lunch means another meal preparation.

 

In the afternoon I sometimes have a 20-minute fresher nap. Then if I can it is back to my den to decide in which area of creating to put my time.

 

Dinner of course takes preparation (bless my husband for doing all the dishes).

 

In the evening I work for about an hour, then read and relax. We watch no TV so I never have that disruption but we occasionally watch a movie.

 

I think that sums up my life as a writer. I have two children’s books written, waiting for my own artwork to accompany them.

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I think what I remember most is that God can run my day. I start with planning but then let Him take over to lead me where He wants me. It certainly takes any pressure off as I feel quite at peace allowing Him to guide me.

A little background about Janis.

In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journaling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canada Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship. She has had several articles and devotionals published.

 

Janis has been blogging since 2008. In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book Tadeo Turtle. She ran a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer for four years.

 

Hope Stream Radio will be her first foray into broadcasting on a regular basis.

 

In addition to a career as a homemaker and teacher, Janis was a partner in a Canadian small business with her husband, Wayne.  They currently reside in Haliburton, Ontario and winter in Mesa, Arizona.

 

One of her favorite things is to tell others about what God has done and is doing in her life.

 

Janis can be reached on her website, He Cares For You, on Facebook and Twitter.

Website: www.janiscox.com
Facebook Page: AuthorJanisCox
Facebook Page: Tadeo Turtle
Twitter: @AuthorJanisCox
Pinterest: AuthorJanisCox

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10 Comments

  • Kimberley

    Reply Reply March 24, 2015

    Very interesting to read about your day. I love how you described retirement as being realigned! I hope I can do at least half of what you’re doing when I “realign”.

    • Janis Cox

      Reply Reply March 24, 2015

      Thanks Kimberley,
      You will do splendidly in realigning in retirement – or maybe you will just keep going and going and going.
      blessings,
      Janis

  • emma right

    Reply Reply March 24, 2015

    I like that “realign” concept too! trouble is, sometimes I feel I am currently misaligned! And would need to take care of that first.

    • Janis Cox

      Reply Reply March 24, 2015

      Emma,
      Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog. If you feel misaligned, now is a good time to ask God why – and figure out how to realign to His purpose.
      Blessings,
      Janis

  • emma right

    Reply Reply March 25, 2015

    I think my misaligned problems is trying to do too much when i have so many kids–sometimes i feel like Old Mother Hubbard. 🙂

    • Janis Cox

      Reply Reply March 26, 2015

      As long as you are following God’s leading – nothing is misaligned. Blessings,
      Janis

  • Tracy Campbell

    Reply Reply March 30, 2015

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    Comment: Thank you for posting this wonderful segment about Janis. She is not only a wonderful artist and writer, she’s an encourager too! 🙂

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply March 30, 2015

    I so agree with you, Janis – hard to have a “typical” day, though I know we have to treat our business with respect too. Thank you for sharing.

  • Janis Cox

    Reply Reply April 2, 2015

    Thanks Lisa and Tracy,
    It is hard to separate life from work. I have been reading Jeff Goins The Art of Work. It is fascinating. Life is work. And work is life.
    Blessings on all your lives,
    Janis

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