Today, I’d like to introduce you to Janell Butler Wojtowicz. She’s graciously agreed to stop by and handle the blog today, so as soon as I introduce you to her (and she tells you how to pronounce her last name), I’ll leave it in her capable hands
Janell Butler Wojtowicz, born and raised on an Iowa farm, was one of those kids who loved to write the dreaded “What I did on summer vacation” essay. Her summers on the farm were rather boring, but she enjoyed the challenge of making mowing a huge lawn edged by prickly rose bushes with a push mower sound adventurous.
Janell attended the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in, naturally, Written Communication/Journalism Emphasis. She returned to Iowa where she worked as a reporter/editor at three small town newspapers for 10 years.
Janell left the small town Iowa life when she married, Frank, a family friend, who lived in Minneapolis. (By the way, her Polish last name is pronounced “Why-tow-vitch.) She worked in public relations at her alma mater, the University of Northwestern; Leadership Foundations, a nonprofit organization supporting inner-city Christian ministries; and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Today, Janell owns a freelance service, A Portrait in Words, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
She and Frank, live in New Brighton, Minnesota, a pleasant suburb of the Twin Cities. She has two step-sons, a step-daughter-in-law, and three step-granddaughters.
Twitter – @janellwoj
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Guest Post from Janell
A few of my favorite things
Raise of hands: How many of you know the words to the Sound of Music’s, “My Favorite Things?” You know: “Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.”
Since readers like to know interesting tidbits about a book’s characters, I’m sharing the favorite things of Embracing Hope’s main characters. Recently-widowed college dean Drew McKinley is a well-bred upper-class New England professional. Allison Bennett, a grad student and the new employee in the dean’s office, is a self-confident woman accustomed to financial hardship and personal struggle.
And I thought I’d throw in my favorite things as an Iowa farm girl living in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.