Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.
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."
Love the Mitford books. This is a great collection to begin with.Published 6 days ago by Linda Whorton
If someone rates these low and states "too religious" throw it out;) Religion is, return to bondage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JoyFULL1
Excellent! Would have ordered more, but postage is exorbitant. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by Sr. Patricia Gamgort
Welcoming, warmhearted, humorous and sometimes thought provoking. I thoroughly recommend this series to all those who enjoy quiet, relaxing reading.
Books were in excellent condition as described and I received all the books that the description denoted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christine Toschi
This is just a wonderful series, I can't say enough good things about it! Funny, free of profanity and all such garbage, very very well written fiction! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kitty Mullen
Purchased for my wife, she loves to read and leaves me alone, so it gives me more time to do other thingsPublished 4 months ago by keyman