VH: If you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself?
JC: Don’t pass notes during Grammar Class. Pay attention. Unlike Algebra, you’re going to need this stuff one day. Honestly, I find punctuation to be the most challenging part of writing. In fact, I’ve been in comma therapy for years now with a professional editor who says I am not making progress.
VH: It sounds like we may have the same editor.
What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?
JC: The biggest lie that I have told myself is that I’m not enough. On the one hand it worked just fine for years—after all I believed it. On the other hand—it held me back all those years as well. The truth is, I am enough just like everyone else is. There’s no such thing as not being enough.
VH: Well said.
After a difficult day what do you do to recuperate? Does it work?
JC: I drink a glass of scotch and do yard work in the nude. No, not really. I don’t like scotch or yard work and I don’t think my neighbors would enjoy seeing me disrobed. It just sounded more interesting than the things that I actually do like going to the gym or for a bike ride, Reiki, taking a nap, talking to a friend, writing, and usually going to bed early. It must work…I’m still here.
VH: Thank you Jane.
You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she's always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph!
Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you've got a book that's sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette.