More About the Author
Janis Hutchinson is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction, graduated Summa Cum Laude with B.th and M.A. degrees in Theology, and was awarded "Writer of the Year" (2008) by the American Christian Writers Association. She is in demand as a speaker on Christian radio and TV, and lives near Seattle, Washington. Her website is www.janishutchinson.com, her blog at wwwjanishutchinson.blogspot.com, and she loves to hear from her readers at email@example.com.
The following are more highlights about my background and what triggered the writing of my first book:
As a child growing up in Southern California, I devoured books--Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Oz books, Lassie books, and a zillion novels, plus was an avid movie-goer. I made my first attempt at writing when I was twelve. However, I was put down so drastically by a relative, that I did not begin any serious writing until in my thirties, when it became my passion. In my early years as a Mormon, I sold articles to the Improvement Era, the official LDS Church's magazine, excerpts of which were used in their radio commercials on the family.
Regarding family, I married my husband (now deceased) in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple. After seven years, he died. I remarried, and after six years that husband died. Later, I became engaged and he died. (I quit trying after that.) I had three children with my first husband, a daughter and two sons, one of whom was killed in a hang-gliding accident. My daughter Debra lives in Texas, loves to sing, and is worship leader at her church. My son, Blake, lives in California, works for the government, and is involved in my writing ministry. He works very hard to host my website and I appreciate him very much.
In 1978 I secretly joined a Mormon Fundamentalist group while still retaining my membership in the mainline church. You can read my story of how the group held me prisoner for nine months in a small room after they discovered me sneaking away to a Christian church. On the dashboard of my home page at wwwjanishutchinson.blogspot.com, click on "Escape From the Cult." Conditions were such that I nearly died, but God spoke to me and enabled my escape. I was, however, left with serious health problems. I had a severe hemorrhage requiring six blood transfusions, then surgery. I had crippling back spasms that required the use of a neck brace; had a completely paralyzed colon and was facing a colostomy, but was miraculously healed; all in all, I was a physical mess. Today, thanks to the Lord, I am in excellent health. My only problem? I am gluten and lactose intolerant, which is no big deal.
After I escaped, I requested my excommunication from the LDS Church in 1980 and entered Christianity. I knew I made the right decision, and that Mormon doctrines were unbiblical, nevertheless I still went through twelve years of traumatic aftereffects trying to undo my mental baggage. The reason it took so long is that I didn't realize there were Christian ministries that could have helped me through the transition. I went to Bible College, then on to the University to earn an M.A. in Theology, which led to writing my first book. The reason? During the time I was going through the emotional aftereffects of leaving Mormonism there were no Christian books describing why I was having such repercussions. Other ex-Mormons were going through the same thing. I decided someone needed to write such a book, so I did.
In 1994, my first book, "Out of the Cults and Into the Church: Understanding and encouraging ex-cultists," was published by Kregel Publications. The book describes the emotional difficulties ex-cultists experience after leaving their cult and when they try to transition into a traditional church, and how Christians and pastors can help.
Then, in 1995, Kregel published my second book (1st edition), "The Mormon Missionaries: An inside look at their real message and methods," and also published a Spanish version, "Misioneros Mormones."
In 2011, I decided to self-publish instead of going the traditional route. This, because agents were just too hard to come by, and even if my book was picked up by a publisher, it would be two years down the line before it would get into the stores. Therefore, in January 2012, I self-published the Second Edition of The Mormon Missionaries, updating the information (dates and statistics) and included an extra chapter covering the new missionary manual, "Preach My Gospel," that Mormon missionaries now use.
I am presently working on my debut novel, "Ultimate Justice," inspired by a true event of which I played a part when I lived on the salt flats in Wendover, Utah. It is a gripping and powerful story that probes the depths of one man's determination to fight for justice. Here is the content:
"Unjustly convicted for the murder of his wife, reporter Ed Bowman escapes prison and is in the race of his life to catch the real killer and bring him to justice. With police breathing down his neck he tracks the killer to the small desert town of Wendover, Utah. But when he finds the one piece of evidence that will bring him to justice, a friend's unexpected treachery and betrayal by the Mormon Church lead to his arrest and extradition back to Virginia leaving him with no hope short of a miracle."
Throughout my years of writing, my secular employment was working as Administrative Secretary to corporate officers, then the last twenty years as legal assistant to an attorney. I retired in 2008.
Do I have any other interests? In years past I enjoyed oil painting and won many blue ribbons. I also played the piano and organ for funerals and weddings in the community, but have done none of these for some years now, as I prefer to spend my time writing.