Interviewing Author Janel Sarlls

Interviewing Author Janel Sarlls

 Q1. Tell me about yourself?   

A. I am an award-winning visual fine artist who accidentally wrote a children's book. Once I started, I couldn't stop writing.  


Q2.What are your favorite books to read? 

A.  I love true crime by Ann Rule or the true classics like John Steinbeck.

Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?  

A. I made a bucket list, if you will, of things I wanted to do, and writing a book was in the top 5.  And one night I accidentally wrote a book.  I'm more of a storyteller and if I can successfully tell a story, I can turn it into a book.

Q4. How did you come up with the name of your book?  

A. The names are the hardest parts of writing the books for me.  A name will usually come to us in the night.

Q5.  What are you working on for 2021?  

A. I want to find a publisher for a few of my better stories/books.  I have 3 that I am emotionally invested in and have fallen in love with the characters.  We have been self-publishing our children's books.


Q6. How long have you been writing?  

A. I have only been writing for a year but I've been storytelling my whole life.  

Q7.What advice would you give other authors?  

A. I would tell any author to just pick up the pen or open the laptop and just start writing.  Even if it's bad.  You can always rewrite or edit it.  

Q8. Where can people find you online?  

A. We have a website    hands in motion

Q9. What is your favorite coffee drink?  

A. I drink regular coffee with a ton of cream and sugar.

Q10. What is your favorite coffee shop? 

A.  My partner and I like to hang out in a coffee shop called The Box.  Isn't that the coolest name ever?  We have written our best work on napkins there - we take our journals now though.

Q11. Do you plan on making a new book in the future?  

A. I plan on writing as many books as I possibly can.  I do plan on illustrating more myself though and I just got a drawing tablet to help out.

Q12. How many books have you written?  

A.I have written 23 books (mostly children's stories), 3 novellas, 1 fiction story, and 1 screenplay.

Q13. Did you go to college to be a writer?  

A. I worked at a television station all through high school as a camera person and I worked at a radio station for 2 years as a secretary (I also co-produced a talk show).  I did study journalism in college for one semester before changing my major to fine arts.