The book's origins go back to 2001, when Jan attended a writers' conference where she was challenged to see her writing as a ministry. She began to take her writing seriously, and submitted Troublesome Creek to the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild "Operation First Novel" competition in 2004.
Selected from nearly 300 entries, Troublesome Creek was the award-winning manuscript. Along with her monetary award, Watson was presented with a contract from Tyndale House to publish her first novel, to be personally edited by bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins.
Here is the description:
Set in the hills of Kentucky in the late 1800s, this heartwarming "coming of age" novel presents Laura "Copper" Grace, who faces the possibility of losing everything that is precious to her when her stepmother threatens to send her away to boarding school. Nothing could drag her off the mountain until one day when she realized there was something good ahead for her -- something more than she could ever dream or imagine -- something that was God's very best for her life.Jan is a retired registered nurse who specialized for 25 years in the care of newborns and their mothers. She lives in Kentucky where she and her late husband, Charles, raised three children. Always a "late bloomer," she didn't begin to write until her husband bought her a word processor as a Christmas gift seven years ago. Find her online at www.janwatson.net.
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