Monday, December 8, 2014

Interview with Jeanette Levellie

Please join me in welcoming Jeanette Levellie! Her latest book, The Heart of Humor was released last month. Jen's warmth and humor shine through everything she does, and her books are no exception. She's offering a giveaway, so check out the link at the end of the interview.

Welcome, Jeanette! It's great to have you visit. Congratulations on your newest book!                      

Thank you, Karen, it's great to be here!

What is The Heart of Humor about?

The Heart of Humor: Sixty Helpings of Hilarity to Nourish Your Soul is a hilarious journey of 45 short stories with titles like Quit Pinching my Fruit, Confessions of a Jailbird, Swimsuit Shopping Stress, and I Love My Hips. Nestled among the stories are comical drawings by a professional animator, articles, and lists revealing the superpowers of laughter such as Got Pain? Laugh it Away, Everybody Loves Dummies, and Ten Ways to Help Yourself Laugh, for a total of 60 short chapters. My goal is to give readers hours of amusement, scores of ideas to add laughter to their lives, and encouragement to trust a God with the sense of humor that gives a 90-year-old lady a baby.

Sounds great! I just started reading it and am enjoying it. This is your third book, isn't it?

Yes, it is the third book I’ve written, but the second book published. My first book is Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top,  My third book to be published, Shock the Clock: Task Management for Time-challenged Writers, will be available in the Spring of 2015.

Looking forward to Shock the Clock. I could use a little help in that department. :) Where do you find the inspiration for your books? 

All the stupid things I’ve done and the myriad ways God has rescued me give me constant inspiration. I also tell stories about my family, my pets, anything that amuses me—which is most everything. The worst mistake a Child of God can do is to take themselves too seriously. 

Yes and amen. I think we all do that at one time or another. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Jen. Wishing you continued blessings!

Thank you, Karen!



Enter Jeanette's giveaway here

Buy The Heart of Humor here

Visit Jeanette's website and blog here

Do you have any questions for Jeanette? Do you think humor is an important element in our writing?

Happy reading and writing,

Karen

28 comments :

  1. Congrats to Jeanette. I always admire writers who can write funny stories. I so can't.

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    1. Natalie: We all need each other's gifts, don't we? I admire those who can write novels, which I so can't! Thanks for stopping by today!
      Jen

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  2. Thanks for having me today, Karen. You are one of my heroes of prayer listed in the acknowledgements of The Heart of Humor! I appreciate you so much.

    Jen

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  3. YaY Jeanette! I agree, Karen is a hero of prayer. What an outstanding interview, amigo. Jeanette, cannot wait to read The Heart of Humor. xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Robyn! So great to see you here; I appreciate your kudos, hugs and kisses!

      Jen

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  4. Inspired by the stupid things you've done. Well, you can either laugh or cry about them, right? Congratulations, Jeannette!

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Alex. Oh, I do my share of crying, but it just gets my sweatshirt soggy. Laughter helps heal those broken places we aren't even aware of.

      Jen

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  5. Gosh, I should have a zillion books in. I'm a "stupid things" expert. Great to meet you and congrats on your publication.

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    1. Thanks, McKenzie, for stopping by! I think by the time we hit around thirty, we are all experts in that department! Perhaps we should do an anthology...

      Jen

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  6. So happy to hear about this new book!

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  7. Natalie,
    So glad you came by! Jen has a gift for humor - I hope you get a chance to read her books! :)

    Jen,
    You are more than welcome! Always love having you come to visit. Maybe someday for real, right? It is an honor and a privilege to join and support you in prayer! :)

    Robyn,
    Hope you get a chance to read the book soon. I think you will like it! Jen's a treasure. :)

    Alex,
    It's called using our experiences constructively, right? lol Laughter is so therapeutic, that's for sure. :)

    Lee,
    LOL - well, yeah me too! Live and learn, and then laugh, I'm thinking! :) Hope you get a chance to read the book!

    Terri,
    I know, I am so excited for Jen! I know you'll be reading it soon too. :)

    Happy reading and writing,
    Karen

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  8. Karen and Jeanette: I finished reading "Heart of Humor" late this afternoon. I love the drawings. I enjoyed the different topics and the special little notes at the end of each chapter.

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  9. Hi Karen and Jen - Such fun seeing you here! I've purchased your book and will read it as soon as I finish the one I'm on now. Hugs, Susan :)

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  10. What a fun cover! Sounds like a book with lots of laughs. :) I always enjoy a book that makes me chuckle.
    ~Jess

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  11. Cecelia,
    So glad you liked the book! Somehow I knew you would. :) Can't wait to read more of it myself.

    Susan,
    So many books, so little time! lol I am sure we will enjoy Jen's book! :)

    Jess,
    I know, the cover is great, isn't it? Super fun and so fitting for Jen. Her books will make you chuckle!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  12. Looks like a fun, humorous read. I'm pleased to meet Jeanette.

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  13. That sounds like a fun read. I do think humor is important and prefer an unexpected bit of humor tossed in. But to find a bunch of laughs in one place is a hoot.

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  14. Oh my goodness, Jeanette seems to have a never ending supply of crazy stories to share :) That book sounds like fun! Thanks for having her on your blog Karen.

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  15. I could certainly use her upcoming book!

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  16. Jeanette, I like the way you think! Congrats on the new publication. Best of luck to you!

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  17. Medeia,
    I am reading it and I can attest to the fact that it is! :) Glad to introduce you two.

    Linda,
    Like you, I like that extra bit of humor tossed in. Makes it real, you know? :)

    Marja,
    She does, doesn't she? :) She's a treasure, that's for sure!

    Diane,
    Will have her on the blog when it comes out! :)

    Lisa,
    I'm with you, I like the way she thinks too:)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  18. Jeanette, congratulations on your second book. May it bless everyone who picks it up!

    Karen, you're a gracious hostess, as always. I appreciate your warm and generous spirit.

    Merry Christmas to you both. :)

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  19. Congratulations, Jeanette! The book sounds fabulous. I love to laugh.

    Karen, thanks for the introduction!

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  20. Rhonda,
    You are so sweet! Jen's a peach, she makes it easy. :) And I appreciate you!

    Susie,
    I knew you would love Jen! :) Hope you get to read her books soon.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  21. Hi Karen and Jeanette! I actually ordered this book from Amazon. I just started it, and it's a fun look into Jeanette's writing. I am also looking forward to a book on time management. Yikes, I could really use it! You have helped me so much with your tips on your blog Karen, and I hope her book will add to the wisdom.

    Hope you're having a wonderful Advent!
    Ceil

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  22. Jeanette, swimsuit shopping stress. Whatever do you mean??? Haha. It was great meeting. Best of success with your work. Love a good chuckle.

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  23. Ceil,
    I am so glad you got it! I think you will like it. Jen's a sweet friend who has such a gift for words and humor and all that good stuff! :) I too, can use the time management one. Thanks so much for your kind words for both of us!

    Joylene,
    Yeah, swimsuit shopping...right. Our favorite thing. :) I am glad you got to meet Jen. She's a treasure! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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