This post is part of the Rave Reviews Book Club Pay-It-Forward; an initiative to introduce club authors to new readers. As Jan Sikes is a frequent visitor of my blog, it gives me great pleasure in introducing her to you.
Multi-Award winning author, Jan Sikes, began her writing career as a young girl. Her first work was singing gospel. She had an uncle whom she loved dearly, but he was an alcoholic and his drinking caused such family discord that, at times, resulted in him being banished from their home. So, she wrote a song about Uncle Luke finding Jesus. That is her first memory of feeling the passion deep down to her toes for writing and for music.
When her husband passed away in 2009, she thought someone would come along and write the story of his unique and inspiring life. She awoke one morning to realize she was the only one who could write it since she was the only one there with him through it all. So, she took several Creative Writing courses at local community colleges and went to work.
Her books are true stories about the journey of two people moving through adversity in order to grow and learn to become better humans. She believes with all her heart there is something worthy of sharing in these stories. Bits and pieces of wisdom, hard-learned lessons and above and beyond all, love… True love, of the kind you read about in fiction stories — and yet this is all true. The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction fits these stories.
She also releases a music CD of original songs along with each book that fits the time period of the story. Why? Because the stories revolve and evolve around a passion for music.
Jan has also developed several writing workshops. You can get more information about them on her website.
She is widowed, lives in North Texas, volunteers at music festivals, has five incredible grandchildren, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Authors Institute of History, The North Texas Book Festival, and the Texas Musicians Museum.
You can find Jan’s books on Amazon.