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

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

  1. 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.


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Let’s Chat! Author Carlene Havel

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Carlene Havel!

This week we’re welcoming Carlene Havel as guest blogger. Carlene and I have been writers-group friends for several years. 

Carlene Havel writes historical stories set in Biblical times. This week she’s sharing some background on the creation of her latest release, Song of the Shepherd Woman.

**Join in the conversation below to be entered into a drawing for a print copy of Song of the Shepherd Woman.**

Postscript: Congratulations to Leona Atkinson, winner of a print copy of Carlene Havel’s Song of the Shepherd Woman.

In Her Own Words: Carlene Havel

Readers almost always ask authors two questions.  First, how on earth can you write a whole book? And then, where do the ideas come from?

How Carlene Does It

Carlene HavelThe first question is simple: perseverance.  I’ve realized, to my regret, that the fairytale of the shoemaker elves does not play out in real life. Books don’t write themselves!  Therefore, if I want to be an author (and I do, oh, I do!), the price tag is sitting in front of my computer, transferring the thoughts in my head onto a manuscript. I sometimes visualize each word as a snowflake, small and insignificant in and of itself. Yet when enough of them accumulate, they can become an avalanche.

Where Carlene’s Ideas Come From

Carlene HavelFor me, inspiration comes suddenly, unexpected, for no obvious reason. Most often, I imagine a dramatic scene. For no particular reason I can figure out, I see some characters, hear them speak, and feel their emotions. When I see this “method” on paper, it seems crazy. Maybe it is, but it works for me.

For example, my latest release Song of the Shepherd Woman began at Christmastime, although it’s not a Christmas story per se. As I read through the familiar verses from the second chapter of Luke, the shepherds abiding in the fields captured my imagination. How amazed they were to receive Christ’s birth announcement from an angelic choir.  What joy and hope they must have felt as they ran to the stable in Bethlehem.

But then, how did others react to their story afterwards? Was it possible people thought the shepherds drank too much wine? Or simply fabricated a fantastic story? And what if one of the shepherds had a child, a baby boy, who happened to be in Bethlehem when Herod’s henchmen came looking for the Christ child?

Totally without my consent, a character took shape, a disappointed idealist, a man whose life and dreams were shattered early in his life. But suppose, after years of hopelessness, this man was given another chance? What if . . . 

How Carlene Havel Crafted The Shepherd Woman

Carlene HavelI didn’t start writing immediately.  Instead, I bought a book on raising sheep. When I couldn’t put the book down, I knew I was hooked. I kept thinking about the old shepherd, somehow reluctantly accepting responsibility for an innocent child. I felt his conflicting emotions, and I knew I had to tell his story.

Writing Song of the Shepherd Woman, like all of my books, was a labor of love. Sharon Faucheux wove her historical research into my narrative, resulting in a story we hope readers will love as much as we do.

Song of the Shepherd Woman

Carlene HavelIn the first century, Channa’s stepfather gives her to her maternal great-uncle Avram to raise. He is known to be a peculiar, perhaps dangerous, man with a wife who cannot speak.  Nevertheless, they are kind to Channah and teach her how to care for sheep. When her stepfather unexpectedly announces her betrothal to a Jerusalem tanner, the girl is forced to leave the only home she knows. 

Channah looks forward to a loving husband, but soon learns she is to be Enos the tanner’s second wife. The beautiful first wife is barren, and she resents her youthful rival. Channa struggles to adjust to marriage and city life, cherishing the hope of someday having her own child to love.

How You Can Connect With Carlene




You can purchase Song of the Shepherd Woman on Amazon.

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Dear Lord, we bow before you in submission, trusting You as our Good Shepherd You feed us, sustain us, and protect us. You and You alone are worthy of our praise. As authors and readers, we thank You for the gift of words and the messages they transmit. We thank You for calling Carlene to write messages of the Savior. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~For Jesus’ sake

19 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Carlene Havel

  1. Carlene delves into the Bible and other research materials for her books. She never disappoints with her stories. I’ve read them all.

  2. Marilyn R

    Nice meeting Carlene Havel her on your blog, Linda. Perseverance and praying will always win when God is in it. “Song of the Shepherd Woman” calls my name. I enjoy Biblical fiction and how God inspires authors to write them. Blessings.

    1. I’m with you 100%, Marilyn! Thanks for joining us.

  3. I love Carlene’s books! I highly recommend this one as well as her others.

    1. It’s great to have you in our circle, Gail. You’ve encouraged us both!

  4. I have never read one of Charlene’s books but I surely hope to now. I love reading historical biblical fiction and look forward to reading this book Song of the Shepherd Woman.

    1. You’re entered in the drawing, Leona. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come again.

  5. I’ve enjoyed all of Carlene’s books. Great interview!

    1. Thanks for joining us, Kim!

  6. Inspiration comes the same way for me, Carlene! It could be just a word I read, a person I see, or something else entirely. Great interview, ladies! 🙂

    1. Thanks for joining us, Emily.

  7. Julie Cosgrove

    I love Charlene’s Biblical character books. They really bring the time period to life. I think Song of the Shepherd Woman is my favorite…or maybe The Scarlet Chord…or the Daughter of the King. I can’t decide. Don;t make me decide!! Just keep writing them.

    1. Love it, Julie! How can anyone resist such a recommendation? I can’t!

  8. All of Carlene’s books are awe inspiring. Lovely writing, descriptive scenes and believable characters.

    1. So good to have you in our circle, Vicki. You’ve encouraged Carlene and me both. And you’re entered.

  9. I loved The song of the Shepherd Woman. The characters and setting seemed so real.

    1. Hi, Billie. I loved Carlene’s description of how inspiration comes to her. It inspired me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  10. I love your comment about perseverance. It is the first and maybe an author’s most important discipline.

    1. Agreed, Pat. Thanks so much for popping in. You’re entered!


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