Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."
Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."
Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."
- Publishers Weekly 03/24/1997 (EAN 9780140257939, Paperback)
- Christian Advance 09/01/2005 pg. 54 (EAN 9781589190641, Paperback)
- Ingram Paperback Advance 09/01/2005 pg. 11 (EAN 9780143035053, Mass Market Paperbound)
- Library Journal Prepub Alert 04/15/1996 pg. 64 (EAN 9780670869343, Hardcover)
- Kirkus Reviews 05/15/1996 pg. 708 (EAN 9780670869343, Hardcover)
- Publishers Weekly 06/10/1996 pg. 87 (EAN 9780670869343, Hardcover)
- Library Journal 07/01/1996 pg. 160 (EAN 9780670869343, Hardcover)
- Booklist 07/01/1996 pg. 1802 (EAN 9780670869343, Hardcover)
- Library Journal 04/15/1996 (EAN 9780670869343, Hardcover)