Janis Cox is a wife, mother, grandmother, a sister and friend. She has been married for almost 41 years to a wonderful, caring and patient husband – they have three grown children who are married; they have 5 grandchildren and a new one on the way.
She is a writer, watercolour artist and person who always is involved in doing something. She has her fingers in many pies – but all of them are delicious. A friend once told her that she saw a vision of her – with a whole bunch of coloured balloons and she tried to capture each one of them.
As a former public school teacher she loved to write poems for her kids. With this background she has now published her first illustrated children’s book, Tadeo Turtle.
An Interview with Janis Cox
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a retired elementary school teacher and former business owner. I have a wonderful caring and patient husband who has stood by me for 41 years of marriage. We have 3 grown and married children, five grandchildren and another expected in the spring. We live in the town of Haliburton, Ontario, Canada with our little white dog, Snowball.
Why did you write Tadeo Turtle?
Good question. I had painted a picture of a turtle on a log. One morning in my time with God, the story of Tadeo came to me. I wondered if I could paint the other pictures to go with my story. I have long believed that each of us is special to God. I thought it important that I speak of that to others.
What makes it different from other children’s books?
Children are fascinated with pictures and the watercolour illustrations will extend their imaginations. Included in the book are various art activities. Also a curriculum to accompany this story is available on my website.
For whom was the book written?
The story is aimed at three to seven year olds.
Do you have a “life verse” that you have claimed? If so what is it and why is that verse so meaningful to you?
One of the first verses that I memorized came from a song that I taught in Vacation Bible School. We sang the words to Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight” (NIV).
This verse has meant much to me as I continue to learn that God is all I need. In whatever situation I find myself in this life He is enough.
Who (or what) is your greatest encourager when you write and why?
My husband has been a great one to help me keep my focus. No matter what happens he is always there to put a good slant on anything that might happen. My writer friends also help to spur me on towards being a better writer.
What qualifies you to write this book?
I have a degree in English from the University of Toronto and a teacher’s degree. When I taught grade one I loved writing poems for the weekly bedtime storybook. But most importantly I listen to God and I believe it was His intention that I write this book. I belong to The Word Guild and Inscribe, two Canadian writers’ groups for Christians.
What do you like to do to get away from it all?
I love to read, paint in watercolour, play the piano, go for walks and play with my grandchildren.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself or the book?
I love the journey that God has put me on. With each minute of every day I thank Him for being here with me. I love how God leads me to people, places and opportunities. Trusting in Him feeds me daily.