Let’s Chat! Author Jane Quail

Welcome, everyone!

Jane QuailJane Quail (Jane Waughtal outside of writing) has joined our circle this week. What a pleasure it is to introduce you to this author who hails from the ultra-southern tip of Texas where I grew up—the Rio Grande Valley.

A couple years ago, Jane contacted me via my website. She had met one of my high school friends. My name came up. And before we knew it, Jane and I had “met” in cyberspace. Then we discovered we share the same passion for Christian fiction.

Jane’s preferred genre is inspirational western romance, but she has dabbled in contemporary, fantasy, children’s books, and a Bible study entitled “Under the Cover of His Word”. I’m delighted to introduce you to Jane Quail. Here she is in her own words. (Check out her giveaway below.)

Who Is Jane Quail?

What a wonderful privilege it has been to meet such exciting authors on Linda’s “Let’s Chat”.

Growing up Jane

My early years were spent growing up in LaGrange, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. One of my most important formative experiences was the “going-home” of my dear Mother.  Though my heart was broken, God saved me only a month later. All part of His plan.

Heartbroken again, my dad, who was an alcoholic (and, yes, I am ACOA) wouldn’t listen to my urging him to seek treatment. Can you imagine, he told me he liked being the way he was. On a positive note my aunt told me Dad came forward at one of my Southern-Baptist-preacher Granddaddy’s, services and gave his life to Christ as a young man.

We are now card-carrying, word-twanging “y’all”-ers from Texas. Yes, it has ultimately become our “Home, home on the range”. Corny, I know – Alright, I apologize!

Jane Quail

Grown-Up Jane

Marrying one year out of high school, my husband and I went back to college after a short break. Two weeks after graduation from college, our first-born son burst on the scene, followed by two more sons and a daughter.

As Motherhood overtook most of my free time, what was left was devoted to composing music, singing, and playing at our home church. Also, teaching private piano, organ and voice lessons.

Jane Quail
eing gifted musically came straight from my mother’s heart. A gifted musician herself, she made it possible for me to be well educated musically. Now I continue to utilize these wonderful outlets for my growing relationship of love and dependence upon our great God and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.

Writing Jane Quail

Reading and teaching music were appropriate apertures to prepare me for the coming life of storytelling. Additionally, my own romance of the “cute-meet” with my husband when we were teens, and our dating and ultimate marriage, provided that true-to-life, appropriate experience for the amour interests in my stories. Creating attention-grabbing characters, appealing storylines, and page-turning enticements so that the reader longs to know more has been my goal.

Jane Quail
ver time numerous yarns began to take form in my imagination, and they eventually overflowed onto paper and became possible storylines. I now have over 200 pages worth of these ideas, including several true-to-life family stories.

While I was caregiver for my mother-in-law for several years, she rewarded me thoroughly with our warm and close personal relationship. I came to know her as a 2nd Mother. Mom had a marvelous life history (including witnessing a Dillinger bank robbery), which I will recount in a future book. Her story will fascinate and astonish. Now Heaven is her home, but what a marvelous blessing she has been to our family!

Also, on my dad’s side is a rich, living background of running from an almost serf-like existence in the “old country”. I am proudly 4th generation American. I soaked up stories of my dad’s family ancestry rife with overwhelming agony and adversity through the victory of deliverance from hardship. What a foil Grossmutter’s and Grandma’s stories will be for several more novels! If you haven’t guessed, that’s German for great-grandmother.

What’s Up With Jane Quail Now?

Jane Quail
eing a Christian author in our world today is a challenge, certainly, but I still believe the most important objective for the Christian author is to have a message for the reader. Of primary importance is sharing my faith. At the same time, I want to deliver an impressive story that has the reader on the edge of his/her seat begging for more. With God’s help this is my highest, anticipated goal.

Life is the most valuable teacher for all of us who aspire to write. I learned the value of the “good guys” winning the day and the “happily-ever-after.” But real life can be exceedingly different. However, by design we write to entertain, give our readers a break from the everyday routine. That is often what entices the reader and whets the appetite for inspirational romance. My first effort at this creative outlet is The Redemption of Honor.

What’s Next for Jane Quail?

Jane Quail
urrently, I am writing two novels. Both are western romances with adventure, danger and angst enough, hopefully, to bring tears and belly-laughter.

Looking for the publisher is the most challenging part of being an author. If anyone knows of a good publisher looking for a prolific author, please let me know!

A Final Word From Jane Quail

Linda, thank you for this opportunity to share with other authors and readers. Everyone who is featured in “Let’s Chat” has challenged and encouraged the rest of us. I hope I have done so too. Sharing about ourselves tells a little something about the Source, the Lord God our Creator and Sustainer.

God bless you, Linda, for your continued efforts on behalf of so many of us who aspire to share Christ, while creating interesting, exciting, adventurous and romantic stories.

I pray this for all of us, that we may honor the Savior in telling our stories in exciting ways. He has provided them, and we express what we cannot withhold. 

I look forward to rewarding one of you who responds with a signed, paperback copy of my first published book, The Redemption of Honor. Thank you for what I know is your precious time. Hope to see y’all at the next ACFW Conference!

How to Find Jane Quail

            Facebook:     @StorytellerComposer

            Twitter:          @JaneQuail1 (please note the number 1 at the end)

            Email:            jjwaughtal@msn.com

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Lord, You move in mysterious ways, even to connect your children. Bringing together two people with the same writing goals through a high school friend from 50+ years ago shows us only one thread of Your Providence. Thank you for using all Your children in Your plan for humanity. Now we pray You’ll bless each word Jane writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

11 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Jane Quail

  1. Susan Wallace

    Linda, you never cease to amaze me. I enjoyed reading about your life Jane. I can actually relate on so many levels being an ACOA. God sure has a plan and a time for each of us. It was the death of that alcoholic ( the only god I had ever known) hat put me on my road to meeting our Lord and Savior.

    I have always enjoyed Christian writers. I was blown away by the first one I ever read. I believe you are all following a divine plan.
    God bless and have a peaceful, memorable Christmas

    1. Your comment brought tears to my eyes, Susan. I love you, Cuz!


    Oh my I Loved reading this story and meeting Jane Thank you so much Linda I Love reading about New Authors and when you have a friendship like that Linda and Jane it Blesses Me to read these wonderful Stories! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    1. What fulfillment and affirmation your comments bring. Thank you, Sarah.


    I too first heard the “cute meet” phrase in the Holiday movie. Didn’t you just love the theme of it, not the over the top sex part so much, but Eli Wallach was wonderful! Thank you for the thoughtful comment!

  4. Wow! I very much enjoyed “meeting” Jane Quail! Her life accounts were very interesting and I would love to read her new book as Christian Historical Romance is my favorite reading. I too grew up in Illinois 50 miles North of Chicago and I write inspirational articles and devotionals.
    I enjoyed her “meet cute” expression.😊 The first time I heard that was in the movie “The Holiday”.

  5. marita jarrett

    Although at the beginning it seemed like you did have some rough spells it’s refreshing to know that even authors are like everyone else. I think sometimes we paint a picture of what an author is like. I also love the fact that you do try to think of a christian message in your book as well. Thank you for sharing!


      How refreshing! Marita is a beautiful name. May I use it in one of the books to come? Yes, life happens, as the saying goes, though I don’t usually like to include verbiage of the day. Life has been what God directed and used to bring me to the place where He wants me to be. Your honest comment is so appreciated.

  6. Diane Buie

    Jane, A Dillinger bank robbery? Wow; you are so blessed to have a relative that can share that with you. what a story! Thanks for writing!

    1. That Dillinger tidbit is amazing, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by.


      I was all ears for that one – Mom’s best friend was actually taken captive while she watched, and held on the running board of Dillinger’s vehicle with several other bank employees, and then dropped off several miles outside of town. What a story! Thank you for your interest 🙂


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Let’s Chat! Joyce Magnin

Welcome, everyone!

Joyce MagninJoyce Magnin honors us with a guest blog this week. Joyce is the author of over a dozen books including the award-winning Bright’s Pond series, the Harriet Beamer books and five middle grade novels

I think you’ll fall in love with Joyce as I did. She’s a frequent conference speaker, mentor and editor. She lives in Vancouver, Washington with her dogs, Minnie and Scruffy. In her spare time she enjoys cross stitch, her grandsons and watching old movies.

To top it off, Joyce is offering a giveaway. Check it out below.  

Joyce Magnin: An Onion, a Guinea Pig and Writers 

Here’s the thing, most people inherit money or jewelry or real estate. I inherited an onion. You see when my mother passed away all she really had left were the things in her nursing home room. Her life had been reduced to a few boxes of memorabilia–pictures, books, and the onion which was living in the glory of full sunshine on her windowsill. I inherited it all, including the onion.

It’s really quite remarkable–the onion that is. After all, this particular onion plant was close to ninety years old when I became its mother. My mom got it from a neighbor friend shortly after she was married almost 70 years ago and the woman, who mom says was a strange old woman, gnarly and hag-like, said it was twenty years old at that time.

Joyce Magnin: The Onion Legacy

Joyce MagninThe onion had been part of my life forever. Mom kept it in or near the kitchen. Sometimes it was seen in the bathroom, so it could get “some spritzing.” Mom called it the pregnant onion because every so often it would develop these fat bellies and little baby onions would pop out, fall into the soil and develop into larger onions like the ones in the picture. Mom would lovingly transplant the onions in fresh pots and give them away or keep them or sadly, sometimes they didn’t make it. So, from the original onion hundreds of children were born.

The thing is, I am not the most gifted caretaker of things green and after a few weeks with me, I feared for the onion’s life. I gave it to my daughter Emily who has been caring for it these past many years and it’s thriving. Emily it seems, inherited my mother’s green thumb. My hope is that the onion will live on and one day Emily will pass it down.

In a world where so much is disposable and temporary. Where life and circumstances can change in an instant, I am so glad that we had the onion, rock solid, thriving and now a beloved, living memory of my mother.

Joyce Magnin on Onions and Memories

But we all know the thing about onions and memories is that they can bring on the tears—sometimes when you’d rather not cry. Mom lived long enough to see only one of my books published—The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. But books, like the onion, tend to beget other books and from that first story dropped over a dozen more.

The Onion and Writing

Joyce MagninThey say writers are fortunate because we get to live twice—once, for real, and the other through the benefit of time and memory—the pillar upon which most novels rest. This includes my newest middle grade novel—Jelly Bean Summer. It’s mostly memoir—the true story of one of the darkest days of my life that, many years later, I found the nerve to write.

Writing is like that sometimes—you have to dig deep and go places you’d sometimes rather not.  But, out comes, I hope, a good book—a story that will touch lives and speak truth. Emily Dickinson said, “Tell the truth, but tell it slant.” The story is the “slant”. I love being a writer. I also love being an editor. God made me two ways—a writer and a teacher. Yay God! I love both.

Joyce Magnin on Writing

Writing is hard. It’s solitary. There’s no one standing behind you saying, “Atta girl.” Most likely all your mental illnesses are gathered around spewing not so encouraging words. Writing is so deeply personal, it makes us vulnerable to all manner of emotional beasties. Whatever your chosen category or genre, writing makes you vulnerable. It makes you question your very existence at times. It can be embarrassing, and it can be the most incredible journey you will ever take. If you have the chops! 

Joyce MagninAfter publishing twelve novels and ghostwriting five or six others I think I can say I have the chops. Well I think I do. You see, even after all my publishing success I still approach each new project with the same trepidation, the same sense of impending failure and for the most part I completely forget how to write.

Writing is hard. That’s why you should never go into that dark night of the soul alone. And that’s why I love to teach and to mentor. Writers need someone along for the ride who understands—most spouses do not. Most kids do not and besides you can’t always trust them to tell the truth or know what’s publishable. You can trust me. I have seen my students go on to publication. They’ve improved and gotten excited about their work. They’ve entered and won contests and grown in ways they weren’t expecting. I absolutely love it when a student succeeds.

Joyce Magnin: teacher and mentor

Joyce MagninSo, if you’re writing a book or a story and you think you could use a little guidance from a good teacher and a good writer (took me a long time to admit that) and a truly gentle soul then I might just be the mentor for you. I have openings right now I’d love to fill. So please get in touch.

I like to think of myself as that onion, inspiring others, watching new baby books drop one after the other into the rich soil of marketing and blogging and bookstores. I always consider it an honor to have joined so many writers on their journey. Mom is, I’m sure, proud of me—for the writing—not so much for nearly killing her onion.

A Final Word from Linda

Hi again, everyone. 

Was I right or what? Joyce Magnin is just plain likable, someone you want to get to know. 

Visit Joyce at joycemagnin.com.

Find her books at https://amzn.to/2BxuzHg

To enter Joyce’s giveaway of Jelly Bean Summer or Blame it on the Mistletoe, just join our chat below. 

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Lord, You take our breath away. First You give us life. Then You give us gifts. All before we’ve taken a single breath. As we look forward to this season of gift giving, we pause to reflect on the gifts of reading and writing. What joy You’ve wrapped into those gifts. Thank you. Bless us in our reading and writing. And give an extra measure of Your grace to Joyce Magnin as she writes, mentors, teaches, and edits with grace that can come only from You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake 

17 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Joyce Magnin

  1. Rose Blackard

    Loved the story about the onion.Thanks for sharing!

  2. After our church’s Christmas program last night, I returned to this commenting having recalled, as I often do, family stories. My Grossmutter loved scallion onions and grew them in her garden in back of the home where she and Grandma lived. I have trail behind her, skipping happily to her gab, and was I ever shocked the first time she picked a scallion out of the rich, dark earth, shook it somewhat clean, and ate it that next moment, mmm-ing as she did. What a sweet memorial picture I am blessed to share with y’all!. My great grandmother was always a favorite. I will be writing hers and grandma’s stories soon for publication. Watch for “Grossmutter”, German for “grand mother”.

    1. What a sweet memory, Jane. Thanks.

  3. Diane Buie

    Joyce, thanks for offering to be a mentor for those of us who might be in need of that and may not even realize it yet. 🙂 I love your thoughts on your mom and the onion; I like your perspective that writer’s can “live twice” by writing about lives and life and then, being able to live their own. I had not thought of that but, it is so true! Thanks for writing and for sharing.

    1. Welcome, Diane. Great to welcome you to our circle this week. Didn’t you just love Joyce’s onion story? Glad you enjoyed it too. Hope to see you in the chat circle again. 🙂

  4. Rita jarreff

    Wow I loved hearing about the onion and I never would have thought of how writers would think until I read this. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi, Rita! Great to have you in our chat group. I agree with you about the onion. How interesting … right? I hope you’ll join the circle again.

      1. Rita jarrett



    My goodness, Joyce! You are a unique person. Where did you find her, Linda? Even your writing on Linda’s blog is wonderful, attention-getting, inspiring. Yes, I would like to speak with you about an editing relationship. Keep up the great work!

    1. Yes, Jane. Joyce is a unique voice, that’s for sure. We “met” via our mutual friends at Brookstone Publishing Group. I’m very thankful for her. So glad you could join us! We’ll be visiting with YOU next week!! Looking forward to it 🙂

  6. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    I remember those pregnant onions and babies. My mom had one for years, but I’m not sure what happened to it. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas 🎁🎄

    1. I was reared on a farm and still missed out on pregnant onions. 🙂 Not only was Joyce’s post enjoyable, it was informative, too.

  7. Karen Campbell Prough

    Joyce, you are more than I can ever be! 🙂 Lately, I’ve gone through a time of too much on my slate and no “perfect” writing time. This chat with you is about the first thing…to do with writing…that I’ve accomplished in the last few months. I had given up the fight to find a time when I wasn’t too worn out to write. 🙁 But … I’m pulling myself out from under the weighted “to do” list and demands on my time. It’s almost like waking up from a bad dream and finding out my computer does still work! Ha.

    1. I understand, Karen. But Joyce encourages us, doesn’t she?

    2. Karen, I hear you, kiddo! I remember those days. But, here’s the thing–writers will write. Even if it’s just in your head. When I was a young Mom trying to write with two little kids underfoot it kind of went like this: Pour apple juice. Write for five minutes. Clean up the apple juice. Write for five minutes. If writing is really what you ant to do, please, keep trying.

  8. I loved Joyce long before this blog post – and I love her even more now. She’s an amazing author and wonderful friend. Thanks for hosting her!

    Love you, Joyce! You have been such an encouragement for me over the years! And you’re one of my favorite people to laugh with. Some, sweet day, I’ll get on a plane and come see you.

    1. Some sweet day. My sentiments about Joyce. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging us.


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