“I need inspiration, someone to uplift my day, and someone to give me practical steps to get over my gloom.”
These sentiments echo today more than ever.
How does Janet meet this need?
With her passionate style, contagious joy and engaging stories, she inspires and delights listeners and viewers.
What gives Janet credibility?
Her firsthand experience to overcome unthinkable tragedy: She went blind at 31, endured infidelity, financial devastation, the murder of her youngest son and the acquittal of the man responsible. And because of God’s power to bring victory, her joy-filled message reveals the secrets to live a triumphant life in the darkest moments.
What are Janet’s credentials?
As an expert in overcoming obstacles and conquering fear, she has been inspiring thousands by sharing steps to bring back joy, find lasting peace and live a life rich with contentment.
What are her sources?
With contagious joy in her voice, Janet shares profound insights from her own life and from her #1 bestselling book, Simply Salsa Dancing: Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, Judson Press, 2011.
How do audiences identify with Janet?
Her trials, setbacks, heartache and disappointment resonate with millions who also travel on the same road. She reveals answers many look for by engaging, empowering and entertaining them.
Best-selling Author and International Speaker Now Hosting Radio Program
Inspiring millions through her speaking and writing for years, Janet Perez Eckles is now bringing her message that helps others see the brighter side of life to the airwaves of ArtistFirst.com. The Janet Perez Eckles Inspirational Hour airs Mondays at 7pm Eastern time and the archives are available for free download at any time.
Janet Perez Eckles is the author of the best-selling book, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, among other titles and she is also an international speaker. Her insights have been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and she has been featured on Fox 35 News.
Most recently, Janet has begun hosting her own radio show entitled: “The Janet Perez Eckles Inspirational Hour” where she encourages listeners to sit back, sip tea, put stress aside and chose to brighten their day and refresh their soul with the real-life testimonies shared by her and her guests.
Janet’s own story is one of triumph. Losing her sight at the age of 31, she also endured the infidelity of her husband and the murder of her son. Even though God has healed her heart and her marriage, she still lives in a world of physical darkness, but Janet’s zest to ignite a passion in others to help them see the best in life comes alive in her radio show.
The show began in late November and airs on Monday evenings at 7pm EST. During her inspirational hour, Janet speaks with her guests about overcoming life’s trials through trust in God and faith in Christ. In January, Janet hosted the Global Ambassador for Campus Crusades for Christ, Nancy Wilson, and Patty Mason, the founder of Liberty in Christ Ministries.
Janet is inviting listeners to triumph and bring joy back into their lives no matter what their circumstances by tuning into her radio program at: http://www.artistfirst.com/janet.htm. Interested parties can watch a short clip that Janet has put together to introduce the show on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/0C4pKwU_FgA.
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Sample Interview Questions with Janet
Q: How did you get started in your writing career?
Janet: “Hey, you’ve got to come see this new computer,” a friend said. “It speaks to you. You can hear what you type on the keyboard.” Complete blindness had set in at 31 and as a Mom of 3-, 5-, and 7-year old boys; my life was turned upside down. But step-by-step God ushered me to triumph. And this new computer that “speaks” to me became the tool that opened a new world to me. Like a kid with a new toy, my fingers danced on the keyboard and I began to jot lines about my life—the devastation, the discouragement, the gloom, but also the victory, the joy and the success. Who would read it? My kids and grandkids, who else? But when I published the book relating my story, readers from across the U.S. and other countries—England, Germany, New Zealand wrote comments that nearly jolted me from my seat with joy. I titled it, “Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow.”
Q: What was the first book you wrote?
Janet: Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life, Xulen Press, 2004. That was my first book, still selling. And its success nudged me to keep on writing.
Q: Why did you choose to write non-fiction?
Janet: Let’s see…writing what I know, relating episodes that entertain, and the stages that nearly drowned me in sorrow became my expertise. I wrote nonfiction because I found thousands of folks are also going through those same dark valleys and want an illustration of the way God restores, heals, comforts and brings success beyond dreams.
Q: What is or has been one of the greatest challenges in your writing career?
Janet: Having time to create more stories, more illustrations and more uplifting books is a big challenge. Blindness took me to a new professional level—public speaking, a career in court interpretation, personal success coaching, radio host and leading a ministry. Although this work eats up my time, I still make it a priority to jot lines to inspire and encourage my readers.
Q: What was the most difficult aspect of writing your book and how did you overcome it?
Janet: Knowing what to exclude from the details I relate. For example, the infidelity episode in my marriage was a delicate topic. I was sensitive to my husband’s feelings in publishing such details. But when he read the manuscript, he said, “If this experience in our marriage helps another couple, I think we should include it.” So we did…he was right. I receive letters from readers telling me that the steps I related about God’s healing power in our marriage touched many and they found their own success in overcoming their marriage struggles. And I follow the same style of inspiration in my second best-selling book, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta.
Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?
Janet: Receiving comments like these: “Next to my quiet time with the Lord, Janet Perez Eckles’ book, Simply Salsa was the highlight of my day. Janet’s love for God, people, and life is vibrant and contagious. She writes with humor and transparency, and her passion is to help the reader move from tragedy to triumph. Janet doesn’t write platitudes from an ivory tower. She writes from her own trauma of losing her eyesight at age 31 and losing her son. She has woven in the stories of other women to help the reader understand the relevance of God’s Word. Simply Salsa—an uplifting book that bubbles over with hope, humor, and honesty.”
“Just a note to say—reading your book and LOVING it! Your voice is so distinctively you. I feel as though you’re sitting in a chair beside me, putting your arm around me and sharing truths from your heart.”
Q: What passion drove you as you wrote your new book?
Janet: When I read books that teach in powerful ways, but fail to engage me, I developed a passion to write books with an approach that would teach but also warm the heart and stir the soul. I include colorful episodes that draw them close as if reading a letter from a sweet ol’ friend.
Q: What surprised or otherwise impacted you as you wrote your book?
Janet: Readers’ reactions to my book exceeded my hopes and dreams. And comments like these still surprise me with delight: “It took me a good while to get through your book,” a reader wrote. When I read this opening, my heart sunk. But then she continued, “I had to stop just about every page to highlight the messages that seemed to be written just for me. I had to read them over and over again as they powerfully touched me.”
Q: For whom did you write this book?
Janet: I wrote for that person who struggles with life. For the person who feels like Job did—facing the loss of everything, left devastated and betrayed by life. I write my books for that person who needs to see proof of God’s power to restore a life, to heal a heart, to lift from the darkness of pain and to see how He brings success and contagious joy no matter what one faces.
Q: How do you balance career and family?
Janet: Great question!! Hubby says, “If you could see, you’d be dangerous.” I claim God’s grace every morning. Unable to see physically gave me the gift of insight. The insight to draw wisdom from God’s Word to put in order my priorities, to claim His power to overcome daily challenges, and His constant provision to allow me the energy and health to accomplish my full-time work, traveling across the country and other countries speaking and hosting my radio show as well as helping my granddaughter in her homeschooling journey.
Q: What projects are you working on now?
Janet: I’m dancing to the joy of seeing Simply Salsa released in Spanish. I’m busy promoting it as Simplemente Salsa has been well received. It’s written in a way that speaks to today’s woman with passion, a bit sassy and with a Latina flair.
Q: What book(s) do you have on your nightstand right now?
Janet: The Bible on audio. The headset is plugged in so I can delight in His Word the moment I place my tired head on the pillow and when I wake up in the morning.
Q: What life experience, education, or training helped you become an author?
Janet: Years of critique sessions, workshops, perseverance when facing rejected submissions, comments from fellow writers. The learning never stops.
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
Janet: Cecil Murphy—his generosity, his humility and his relentless pursuit for excellence is admirable.
Q: What do you do when you’re not writing?
Janet: Dancing Salsa, cruising on the Caribbean with hubby and friends, creating books and stories for my grandchildren, playing on the floor with them, and cooking my own recipes on my “Cooking in the Dark” segments which appear on my YouTube channel.
Q: What is your go-to food, snack, or special treat?
Janet: Smashed avocado sprinkled with salt and spread on a slice of Genesis bread. Yeah, I’m a bit strange, but I delight in good stuff that’s good for you.
Q: What three personal qualities are most important to you?
Janet: Honesty, transparency, and wisdom.
Q: What is your life verse?
Janet: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:33
Q: What is God teaching you right now?
Janet: To find peace no matter what the world screams. To find trust even when I can’t see the solution. To know His grace when facing obstacles. And when looking for what I need, to receive His provision.
Q: Please share one of your favorite memories of shopping in a local Christian bookstore.
Janet: “Can you help me find books written for the Latina community?” I asked the clerk behind the counter at my local bookstore. And she didn’t name the area of the bookstore. She didn’t look in the computer. She didn’t just point me in the direction. But she stepped around the counter. “Let me help you find some.” She walked with me and took her time, she made suggestions and knowing I was blind, she read some back covers to help me choose. The personal connection with our local stores’ personnel has no substitute.
Q: In what ways do you consider your local Christian bookstore important?
Janet: When I step in to choose a book, I can’t help but find a gift that is just perfect for that someone. Holding the item in my hand is more meaningful than finding something online.
Janet’s vital statistics:
Birthday: October 27
Current home: Orlando, FL
Birthplace: La Paz, Bolivia
Husband: Gene Eckles
Siblings: Ed Perez
Children: Jason, Jeff and Joe—Joe now in the glory of heaven.
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