Still House Pond, Copper Brown Series #2Still House Pond, Copper Brown Series #2
Jan Watson
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Lilly Gray Corbett loves living on Troublesome Creek, but she would much rather play with her best friend than watch her little brother and the twins. Her mama, Copper, is often gone helping to birth babies, and Lilly has to stay home. When Aunt Alice sends a note inviting her to visit in the city, Lilly is excited to go, and Copper reluctantly agrees to let her. Later, when they hear the news that the train crashed, Copper and her husband, John, rush to find out if their daughter is injured . . . or even alive.
     

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Jan WatsonJan Watson wrote the winning manuscript in the 2004 “Operation First Novel Contest,” a nationwide competition sponsored by Tyndale House Publishers and the Christian Writers Guild. Jan is a born-again Christian, a registered nurse, a mother of three adult sons and the proud, if harried, owner of a Jack Russell terrier named Maggie. Jan was a nurse for twenty-five years specializing in the care of newborns and their mothers.  Jan decided to leave her nursing career for a time and devote herself to her writing.

Favorite Verse: Isaiah 43: 1-2 (NIV) - But now, this is what the Lord says--he who created you, o Jacob, he who formed you, O Isreal: " Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

 Our Interview with Jan Watson


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Friends, I am Jan Watson. I was born-again at age 10. I am a retired registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor, a mother of three sons and one beautiful daughter-in law, the harried owner of a Jack Russell terrier named Maggie and through God’s grace a novelist.

How did you get started as a Christian fiction writer?
 
It began with the seed of a story planted by my grandmother.

When I was just a girl, Granny told me the true story of a terrible flash flood that roared through the mountains of eastern Kentucky. During the flood, an infant was swept away and never found. I carried that story in my heart for nearly fifty years before I asked myself this question: “Who would that baby be if she had grown up?” She became Copper Brown the protagonist in my first book, “Troublesome Creek.” This work of fiction was the winner in 2004 of The Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest sponsored by the Christian Writers Guild and Tyndale House Publishers.

How did you come up with the concept for Still House Pond?

This is the first book I’ve written that started with the title. One evening my youngest son accompanied me to an author’s reception in Frankfort, the beautiful capital city of Kentucky. Following the reception, Stephen and I took a stroll on the grounds to view the historic buildings and dry-stacked stone walls. There were twinkling lights all along the paths that followed burbling, meandering streams. I was captivated by the place. After a while, we came upon a trail marker that said Still House. My author’s mind added Pond. Still House Pond conjured up thoughts of mystery and intrigue. I imagined a tumble-down house beside a dark body of water and I imagined a young girl in trouble. Those two words—still house—multiplied and became a book.  
   
What is significant about Still House Pond?

This book is significant to me because it ends the story of Copper Brown, my swept away baby. Amazingly, Copper Brown told me four books worth of who she is and how she lived and loved. She is an amazing character and has become as real to me, and to my many readers, as if she had not been lost to the terrible flood on Frozen Creek so many years ago.
Recently, this baby’s identity was revealed to me through a miraculous set of circumstances. God truly does work in mysterious ways and I am humbled to have been given this ministry of writing.

Is any part of Still House Pond factual?

No. It is all fiction.

 

What is the most interesting tidbit that you learned while writing Still House Pond?

I was intrigued to study the medical necessity for quarantines to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

How many books will be in the Copper Brown series?

There will always be a bit of Copper Brown in my books, but her story has been told. As we would say in Kentucky, “I hope I did her proud.”

The book I am currently working on, “Skip Rock Shallows,” continues the story of Lilly Gray Corbett who is a major character in “Still House Pond.”

Do you have a favorite character Still House Pond?

I have to love Remy who first appeared in Troublesome Creek. It was truly satisfying to me to visit with her again. She may be the most intriguing character I ever write.

What other projects do you have on the horizon?

Skip Rock Shallows,” is the book I’m currently writing. This novel features Lilly Gray Corbett M.D. The setting is a coal camp in eastern Kentucky. The time is 1906.   

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

The hardest thing for me is keeping up with all the technological changes. I always feel two steps behind.

Who was the person who most influenced you in your writing journey?

Jerry B. Jenkins, the owner of the Christian Writers Guild. His encouragement has been invaluable. He, as well as his staff and all the great folks at Tyndale House took a chance on me and certainly made my writing dreams come true.

What message would you like your readers to take from Still House Pond?

I hope that my readers are entertained, that my work gives them a respite from their busy lives, and that my words will never disappoint.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?

My mission is honor God with my life and with my books.

What do you do to get away from it all?

A good book, a cup of tea, a piece of chocolate and Maggie napping are all I need to have a mini-vacation. The next book I want to read is “Thicker than Blood,” by the multi-talented C.J. Darlington.