Exclusive Interview with
R. Janet Walraven
When did you start writing?
I began writing in high school--poetry mostly.
What makes writing your passion?
My passion differs with each writing project. I wrote my teacher-mentor book after 35 years of being in K-12 classrooms. Many new teachers leave the profession after 3 to 5 years because they haven't been taught how to manage a classroom, how to communicate with parents, administrators, and staff, work too many hours with not enough pay, and mostly because they do not have a master teacher to mentor them. I am passionate about helping teachers.
My second book was a tribute to my parents. Their love story during World War II was a joy to write as a legacy for my family.
My third book is a children's book inspired by my Uncle Ken, an artist who wanted to illustrate the book but passed suddenly. I felt that I needed to continue the project to honor him.
Other stories and books are piling up in my head. I am passionate about getting all those ideas published, including a "hope" book for students and parents who feel marginalized.