Jan Karon

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Jan Karon is an American novelist who writes for both adults and young readers. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Mitford novels, featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. Her most recent Mitford novel, To Be Where You Are, was released in September 2017. She has been designated a lay Canon for the Arts in the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy by Keith Ackerman, Episcopal Bishop of Quincy, and in 2015, she was awarded the Library of Virginia's Literary Lifetime Achievement Award. Her original papers-to date are archived in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.

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Cynics will say there are no good people out there. And if you read the papers and watch TV news you could be convinced of that. But there are good people.
Even the roughest character, underneath all that hurt, is someone who wants to love and be loved. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Food is a great way of communicating. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
For a very long time, I wrote a book a year, and was eager and willing to do it, to put bread on the table, to have my work out there. Now I must write a book every two years, and that's never enough time, either. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I grew up hearing words like snakeroot, sassafras, mullein - things that had wondrous, mysterious sounds in their names.
I have raced against the clock since I went into advertising at the age of eighteen.
I learned not to be so bitterly defeated when my fiction took a beating from editors. I learned in advertising to color in the lines and have my work done on time and to make it the very best it could be. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I live in a village where people still care about each other, largely.
I really care about my readers. I care about anyone who reads my books.
I remember the first time I held my book, my first book in my hands. I cannot tell you how it moved me. Time
I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author. I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk. Religion & God
I try to put my heart out there to everybody. They don't have to be Christian. For example, I have lots of Jewish readers. I love my Jewish readers. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I've put everything I had and I've given my readers 120 percent, and that's the truth. Truth
Let me say that I absolutely loved writing 'A Common Life,' because it was a book about love. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My first novel is loaded with food references largely because my cupboards were bare, and I was writing hungry. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
My grandmother influenced me so deeply.
My life is extremely full and wretchedly busy, and I feel that while my life drains energy from my work, my work in turn drains energy from my life. The result is, I am always playing catch-up spiritually. That is my thorn. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Publishing is, by its nature, about deadlines, and deadlines are toxic. Nature
So here is what my advice would be: If God has given you a dream, you'd better get cracking because He wants you to use it. That's why He gives them to us in the first place. Religion & God
So many people don't know that God loves them. They feel, 'Why would God love me? Why would He be interested in me?' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
The dark book has been terribly popular. Dark characters, dysfunction, and all sorts of things from reality that are true in our world.
There are so many people who don't know small towns exist. When I write, I want to give my readers two things: one is a sense of consolation, and two, I want to make them laugh.
There was a lot of brokenness in my family. Let's just say that I was raised by my grandparents. Families, Children & Parenting
There's nothing trite about being consoled in a world that does everything in its power to deliver sorrow. Power
This is a gift that God has given me. I'm not smart enough to write for everybody, but it's the love in these books that comes from Him and goes out to my reading audience. I'm forever grateful for that. It's a privilege. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Well, I think some people are very happy in retirement. And in a year and a half I'm going to see how happy I feel in retirement. I'm just going to not work quite so hard, but I'll continue to write as long as God gives me breath. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I open many books, or most leading women's magazines, or see almost all TV shows, I don't find myself at all. I am completely anonymous. My value system is not there. Women
Writing is a way of processing our lives. And it can be a way of healing.