How Jane Jenkins Herlong Flip-Flops Mess-ups Into Humor!
Jane Jenkins Herlong is a fellow Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas author and an Amazon bestselling author, in addition! After I read her hope-filled biography I really looked forward to having her as a guest and learning more about her writing. Her writing story in uplifting and inspirational. I hope you will be encouraged as you read it.
Welcome, Jane! Please tell us about your writing journey. How did it start?
I began writing for our local newspaper and folks would stop me in the grocery store and make comments about my humor. As a professional humorist, I used some of the stories in the newspaper from my first book, “Bare Feet to High Heels” which is a self-published book that I sold in the back of the room. Most speakers have books to sell.
My second book was in memory of my sister who had breast cancer. The book is entitled, “What Ta-Tas Teach Us.” This book provides wise stories and quotes of how we, as women are influenced by our anatomy. It has some great stories and it is beautifully illustrated.
Bury Me With My Pearls is a tribute to my mother. This book came about after I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and met Eddie Jones at Lighthouse Publishing and Les Stobbe who became my agent. The “Pearls” book did so well that I decided to try to get a book deal with a major publisher. Les pitched the book to many publishers and we were rejected, but The Hachette Book Group signed on. Some of Hachette’s authors are Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and Newt Gingrich. God answered my prayers!
2)Your last book, Bury Me With My Pearls was a double-reward winner. Congratulations! What made you decide to write inspirational non-fiction?
I have a passion for helping my audience members and readers live successfully above their circumstances. I had to learn how to “pass my past,” so my latest book, Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops addressed how to have a healthy future with a sense of humor!
And especially your latest release, Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops: Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-Ups? What made you decide to write this one?
Every emotion and issue in the book addresses a battle I have fought; deception, rejection, stress, moving ahead of God’s plans, middle-age issues, and refusing to trust God’s timing. I highlight iconic biblical women and at the end of each chapter, note their flip-flops and sparkle and shine moments. Also included is the big take-a-way of how we can learn from them and sparkle and shine through it all. All of this is written with humor from my own mess-ups.
I’m sure that is a blessing to all who read it because we all need to find humor in our own mess-ups!
How has God guided you through this process?
As I write, I seek wisdom to connect my humor with biblical life lessons. I believe that humor makes the message stick. But some publishers do not like Christian humor . . . so sad, right?
I agree, Jane, that is very sad.
Do you have any scriptures you’d like to share that have inspired you?
Isaiah 40:31; They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
2 Timothy 1:7-The God hath not given me a spirit of fear but of love power and a sound mind.
Those are both rich, encouraging verses, especially in middle-age!
What would you like to tell us about your latest release, Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops?
I take a unique approach to Eve’s or “Deceived Eve’s” (as I like to call her) flip-flops.” I also use the struggles of totally stressed out “Domestic Diva Martha.” Does everything have to be perfect? NO! The book includes “Fearless Queen Esther’s” secret to amazing courage and I throw in modern WOW or Women of Wisdom advice so you too can discover your shine through other “women mentors.” This book is funny but very honest. I am a humorist and my comedy is on SiriusXM Radio and Pandora. I tell some honest (ouch) stories that I hope make you snort after a sniff.
Your work sounds wonderful. After all, laughter is the best medicine!
Thank you so much, Jane, for being my guest this week. Jane Jenkins Herlong is kindly giving away her book Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops to one randomly chosen commenter. Please leave a comment by the morning of next Monday, Oct. 2 to qualify. Thank you.
More about Jane Jenkins Herlong:
Jane Jenkins Herlong is a Sirius XM Humorist, Amazon Best-Selling/award-winning author, professional singer, recording artist and award-winning professional speaker.
A recent inductee into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame, Jane is one of the 232 men and women to be awarded this honor including former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and General Colin L. Powell. Jane also has achieved the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association.
Jane’s latest book, Bury Me with My Pearls is an Amazon Best-Seller and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Illumination Book Awards and Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year. Jane’s newest book is entitled, Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops: Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups, published by the Hachette Book Group.
Her award-winning singing and humor is featured on Sirius XM Radio and Pandora Internet Radio along with Jeff Foxworthy, Ray Romano and Jerry Seinfeld. She criss‐crosses the country sharing her “down‐home principles delivered with uptown humor.” Jane has also spoken in New Zealand and Germany and is fluent in four languages: English, Southern, Northern and Lowcountry Gullah (gul‐la).
Jane’s keen sense of humor evolved from being labeled Dyslexic and constantly told, “You can’t do that!” Jane changed the word NO to NEXT and the rest is what dreams are made of. Audiences learn the healing power of humor when handling negative people and circumstances for more productive, positive living. Jane’s life stories and humor leave audiences with the same message she lives- “prove people wrong and laugh while living your dreams.”
Find Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops HERE
and the rest of her books HERE.