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Meet 2012 Golden Heart Finalist Jan Nash

Today, as a part of our ongoing series introducing 2012 Golden Heart nominees, I’m excited to present to you Jan Nash, nominated in the Inspirational category. Jan is an amazing lady with an unwavering optimistic personality. I couldn’t be more honored to interview her.

Without further ado, meet Jan Nash.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

A. Let’s see…I’m a fifty-something grandma with a passion for writing. I met my muse when I was inspired with a story seven years ago. I joined everything I could to help master my new love. My chapter, Northwest Houston RWA, has been a godsend. All the workshops, conferences, and monthly meetings have taught me so much. I write Inspirational/Romance. For me, faith comes first and I try to reflect that in my writing.

Q. Pretty powerful stuff. Speaking of power, tell us about your Golden Heart final Powerless Consent.

A.  What would you do if you discovered that your cell phone was transmitting a live visual feed viewed by an evil entity?  For my heroine, Kate Ballard, it’s a life-changing event that spirals into the loss of her family and causes her to doubt her faith.

Her and her husband, an average Christian couple, are torn apart by blackmail and struggle through obstacles and lies to uncover the truth and to reunite. The villain, a wealthy communications mogul, is obsessed with Kate and has been spying on her for the past fifteen years. He blackmails her by using his acclaimed invention, Invisible Surveillance and forces her to remain with him. While captive on a luxury yacht, she relentlessly tries to outsmart her captor and return to the love of her life. But the power her captor holds over her is too great. Kate’s husband discovers that he must revisit his past. It is there, in the past, that he finds the truth. The road to retrieving his soul mate is narrow and riddled with risk. But nothing will stop him from saving his true love. Love blossoms for two secondary characters. A loner CIA Agent and the villain’s assistant embrace the broken road that leads them together.  Surely they’re destined to be soul mates.

Q. Wow. I’m breathless! Now the question we all want to know, what did you do when you got the call?

A. It was just past 8:00am. As soon as I saw the out-of-state area code, my heart rate soared. A lovely sounding woman asked if I was Jan Nash. Truth is, it took a few seconds to say yes, but I did. She immediately stated that she was calling on behalf of RWA’s Golden Heart and was excited to inform me that Powerless Consent had finaled. I’m embarrassed to say that throughout the rest of the conversation I answered with one-word responses in the most pitiful ugly-cry-voice you can imagine. She giggled and told me how much she loved making the call. After flaring up a quick prayer of thanks and hugging my husband, I called my critique partner, Jaye.

Q. I bet your critique partner was just as thrilled for you. She may end up saying ‘I helped Jan become the mega-watt star she is today’.

Okay, back to the questions. Besides going to Disneyland <g>, what will you do if you win the Golden Heart?

A. Oh my. Probably smile, cry, and have a margarita. In that order.

Q. I’ll buy you that margarita! Win or lose, after the conference you planned to take a special trip. Please give us the details about that trip.

A. I’m almost as excited about the trip as I am the awards banquet. My book is set in Carmel, California and several scenes take place in a hotel room at Carmel by the Sea. That’s where hubby and I are going! My heroine is held captive on a yacht, so we’ve got a boat ride planned. Even though it’s kind of backwards to do the hands-on research after the book is complete, I can hardly wait!  What a blessing!

Q. Sounds fabulous! Nothing like living the part of your story. What is your writing day like?

A. Well, my day job takes up about seven hours, Monday-Thursday and I run a youth activity program on Friday nights. Maximum daily writing time is two-three hours. Some days, all the words stay stuck in my head because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. On the weekends, I write every moment I can.

Q. What is you favorite part of the writing process?

A. I LOVE editing. For me, it’s like polishing a diamond. Each pass, the scenes get brighter and brighter and miraculously reflect the story I envisioned. A close second, is spending time with my critique partners and chapter mates.

Q. Oh…I love how you explain it. And I couldn’t agree more. I, too, enjoy the editing process. So, where do you get your story ideas from?

A. Too many places to count. Dreams, people, books, nature, and the ‘are you kidding me’ moments in life, to name a few.

Q. Now for a couple of customary questions. What inspires you?

A. Wow. Again, too many things to count. I love life and…I believe. Yep, just believe. That’s sweet inspiration to me.

Q. Who is your favorite author?

A. Honestly, I have more favorite books than a favorite author per say.  But if I had to pick, number one would be John Grisham. Lately, I’m into Anna Quindlen.

Q. If Powerless Consent was optioned for a movie, what actor/actress would you see playing your hero/heroine?

A. Dennis Quaid and Michelle Pfeiffer. But, I’d be thrilled and honored if my local high school put on the play!

Q. LOL! Great answer! What’s next for you?

A. I’m working on the sequel to Powerless Consent. Two secondary characters that fall in love in Powerless Consent take center stage in Sweet Surrender. As far as my brand, I’ve got my website up and running and continue to take steps toward publication. Life is good!

Thanks Jan!

You can visit Jan at www.janetnash.com

80 responses to “Meet 2012 Golden Heart Finalist Jan Nash”

  1. Jeannie Lin says:

    Congrats Jan!!

    Editing is my favorite part of the process too. Drafting is a nightmare – every sentence sounds wrong. But in revisions, every step seems to result in some improvement. It’s comforting.

    Best of luck to you and thanks for coming by to share your story!

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  2. Diana Layne says:

    Welcome, Jan, and congratulations! Your story sounds like a winner, best of luck to you!

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  3. Great story!! Love reading the excitement.

    Congrats Jan!!!

    CC

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  4. Rita Henuber says:

    Congratulations on the GH final. Thanks for joinging us today.
    On site research is FUN. I wrangled my way onto a 3 million dollar yacht. The owner professed ‘his lady’was like a poor relation in his home port marina where most yachts cost over 25 mil. I can’t imagine. His boat looked pretty fabulous to me.

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Wow! I would love to wrangle my way on a yacht. I don’t think I’ll find one willing to do a 3-hour-tour in Carmel. I might just have to try!

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  5. Jaye Garland says:

    WooHOO! Great interview and I’m soooooo excited for you. I can so see Dennis Quaid and Michelle Pheiffer in those roles. Perfect casting! And, thanks for the shout out, dear heart. Muah!

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  6. Jan! I got chills reading your Golden Heart Call Story. Whoo-hooooooo!!!

    I love the thriller aspect of your story, too. It sounds FABulous!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Well Hello there, LaLaLa!! Hope all is well. Have you come down from the clouds yet? Today was YOUR exciting day. Congrats!

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  7. Stacey Purcell says:

    HiJan!

    Congrats on your GH final- what an accomplishment!! I know you also had a terrific critique group that helped you hone your story, I think that’s so important. I can’t think of a nicer person for this to happen to-
    Stacey

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Awe…you’re always so kind. I just love being on your team. See you at the meeting!!

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  8. Diane Opalacz says:

    Informative. Inspiring. Upbeat. Congratulations on your nomination. Can’t wait to pick this book up off the shelf ay my local bookstore! Blessings and best of luck toward the upcoming awards.

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  9. Congratulations, Jan. I’m like you. I LOVE editing. As a perfectionist at heart, nothing makes me happier than to polish my manuscript. Hope to meet you in Anaheim.

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  10. Your story sounds like a pulse-pounding thriller! I can’t wait for you to be published so we can ALL read it. Excellent interview and I wish you all the best in the GH final. Congratulations!!!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      My book being published sounds surreal. I guess that’s what a feels like when your dreams come true.

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  11. Tess says:

    What a great interview! Having met Jan and after getting to know her a bit, I can tell you that as excited as she sounds in this interview, it is nothing as to her passion for writing!!! What a special talent she is!

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  12. June Love says:

    Congratulations on being a GH finalist, Jan. Your book sound intriguing. I used to think editing was the worst part of writing, but then I realized I must love it because I’m constantly doing it. lol. I wish you the best with your manuscript. Thanks for visiting the Rubies.

    Jenn, great interview!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Thanks for having me. The Ruby’s Rock! What a wonderfully talented and genuine group of ladies. Great info on the site, too!

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  13. Congratulations, Jan! Powerless Consent has an awesome hook! Just reading your schedule makes me ashamed about how much I complain about not having time to get everything done.

    So looking forward to meeting you in Anaheim!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Anaheim’s a date! Working full-time poses it’s challenges when you’re a writer. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

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  14. Congrats on your GH final, Jan! POWERLESS CONSENT sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for blogging with us on the RSS. Good luck in Anaheim!

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  15. Terri Osburn says:

    Wow, Jan. This sounds like a ton of action. No wonder you finaled. Congrats and I’m looking forward to meeting you in Anaheim. Your enthusiasm is infectious online so I can’t wait to pick some of that up in person. 🙂

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    • Jan Nash says:

      That makes me smile. Encouraging people is such a blessing. There are so many people to meet in Anaheim…I’m gonna need name tags!

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  16. Francine Infortunio says:

    Wow, Jan! Wishing you the best! Your book sounds so exciting. I can’t wait to read it.

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  17. Congratulations, Jan! Not a real fan of editing, but it can take me an hour or more to craft a sentence that says exactly what I want it to say, so my drafts are fairly clean—until my CP tells me I’ve assumed the reader thinks like I do. Ah, well. We all edit. *G* Best of luck to you!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      I guess that means you’re truly creative at heart. Yeah you! I think I have a little OCD. Everything must be polished. Hehehehe…

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  18. robena grant says:

    Congrats! on the GH final, Jan. Your story sounds great, and I’m glad you get to visit Carmel even if it is backwards. ; )

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    • Jan Nash says:

      I probably need to write a blog about doing it backwards. It’s really funny and typical for my crazy life!

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  19. Tammy Baumann says:

    Great interview Jan!

    Congrats on your GH final. Your story sounds fantastic, it’s no wonder you’re a finalist.

    Your trip to Carmel sounds wonderful,too. I used to live in Monterey and just love that area. Looking forward to meeting you in LA!
    Tammy

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    • Jan Nash says:

      OMG! Hubby and I are staying in Monterey our last night. Any suggestions on a hotel or B&B???

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      • Tammy Baumann says:

        Jan, it’s been so long since I’ve lived there, I’d be no help. But we stayed at Carmel by The sea a few years ago and liked it very much! Have a wonderful trip!!

        Tammy

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  20. Cutter says:

    Never had a moment of doubt that you’d excel!! Proud of you!!

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  21. Great interview Jan! I much prefer editing, too. So much easier to polish what’s already written than it is to get the words down in the first place. 🙂

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  22. Congratulations on your GH final, Jan. Great blog! I love the editing process too, but you put the sparkle on the why of it!

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  23. Jenn! says:

    Thanks so much, Jan, for letting me interview you. It was a real pleasure. Best of luck on the GH. I know doors are going to be opening for you.

    Jenn!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      All thanks go to you for asking, sweet friend. I just love being a part of your team. Sorry it took all day to respond. I didn’t get off work until 5:30 and rushed off to take my 16 year old grandson out to practice driving. His test is in the morning. He did great, and I didn’t have a panic attack! Thanks again, Jenn!

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      • Jaye Garland says:

        I still can’t believe you’ve got a 16 yo grandson. What? You were 6 when you had your first born??? Hope he passes with flying colors…but, you know, next comes the auto insurance increase. Yikes!

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  24. Congratulations, Jan! I’m not sure I can say I love the editing process, but that’s only because I’m in the middle of a particularly thorny part and trying to wriggle my way out. But I love prevailing over those parts and the feeling I get when I know I got it right (finally). 🙂

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  25. Jean says:

    Hi Jan, Good luck in Anaheim! I loved your comments and the beautiful writing on your website. It’s amazing when we follow instead of lead 😉

    Those doors will open for you, so be ready!
    Jean

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  26. Meb Bryant says:

    Thank you Jenn and Jan for a fun interview. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing some of your writing in a critique group from the past. Excellent voice and deserving of the Golden Heart award. Congratulations to a talented writer and gifted human being.
    Meb

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  27. Addison Fox says:

    Welcome, Jan and congratulations on your final!!!

    This book sounds absolutely fantastic!

    Addison

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  28. Liz Talley says:

    Wow, now that’s a kick-butt Christina book – very interesting concept and I love how the past must be explored to find the answer to the future. Very cool.

    Glad you were able to join us today. Enjoy being a finalists – nothing like it. Except selling the book, of course 🙂

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Powerless Consent actually started out as Romantic Suspense but kept falling flat. When I added “spirit” it began to sing. I guess when you write from your heart, it shows on the page. Thanks!

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  29. Congratulations on your final. I loved reading your interview, and your book sounds like a real page turner. I’m not sure how I feel about editing. It’s not the kind of thing I’d expect to like, because I really hate rewriting. But I went through a round of official edits this winter, and it really was a lot less painful than I expected. I could see how the suggestions would make my book stronger.

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Hey you! Lalala! Thanks so much for the Skype call. What a blessing! How’s the weather?

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  30. Elise Hayes says:

    Congrats on the final, Jan! Like you, I love the editing stage of the writing process. It’s a marvelous thing to feel that control over the words, over the feelings and ideas images you’re shaping.

    Best of luck in Anaheim this summer!

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  31. Shauna says:

    Best of luck and lots of love jan!

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  32. Elisa Beatty says:

    Congrats, Jan! Great to have you here!

    I love editing, too…I just wish I had a machine to write the awful first pass for me.

    Enjoy Carmel–it’s an incredibly romantic and lovely place!

    See you in Anaheim!

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  33. J.D. Faver says:

    Sorry I got to the party so late…Danged day job!!!
    But, I’m so proud of you, Jan. Huge congratulations again.
    *hugs*
    ~JD

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Hugs back, JD. I’m the one who missed the party! I didn’t get to respond until 9pm last night! Oh well…Hope to see you again at CC!

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  34. Phyllis Lutz says:

    Way to go dear Friend. I’m so proud of you. I still have tears in my eyes as I write my note of congratulations! We go way back, and I have watched you follow your “dream” like no other person. I can’t hardly wait to grab your book off the book store shelf!!! Amazon, here she comes!!!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      Awe…you’re so sweet. We have come a long way, haven’t we. Thanks again for being one of my beta readers. Each and every ounce of advice you gave helped mold the story. Hugs!

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  35. Colleen Gilligan says:

    Jan, I am so amazed at what you have accomplished with belief and determination. Congratulations on your nomination for the Golden Heart and keep enjoying the journey!

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    • Jan Nash says:

      I’m so blessed! And you, my dear, are part of the reason why. You struggled through my early stuff! Sheesh! Love you, sis!

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  36. Leanah says:

    Jan – I am so proud of your accomplishments…from following your dream to finishing your first book and its nomination for the Golden Heart, to working on the sequel! You deserve every accolade!

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  37. Karen says:

    Hi Jan. I’m sorry I’m late with my congratulations. Your story sounds fabulous. And your example of what editing is to you will have me taking a kinder view of the process from now on.

    Best of luck and I can’t wait to meet you.

    Karen

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  38. Patti Macdonald says:

    Sorry to be SO late to the party. Loved reading your story, Jan!

    I’ll be cheering for you in Anaheim!
    ~Hugs~
    Patti 🙂

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  39. Jan Nash says:

    Better late than never! Are you going to Anaheim? Hoping to see you next week end at the chapter meeting.
    Hugs…

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