Friday’s Spotlight – Meet Janna

Each Friday throughout the Spring a faithful reader of the domestic fringe will be in the spotlight. It’s my chance to introduce my bloggy friends to you and for them to showcase their blog.  If you read and don’t comment, there’s no chance of my getting to know you, so I always welcome comments.  I like good comments, but hey, I’ll take the bad with the good or vise versa.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Janna from Something She Wrote.  Janna is a writer with a wonderful spirit and a great personality.  It was easy to become fast friends with her.  I enjoy Something She Wrote because it’s always different.  Sometimes she shares a short piece of creative writing and other times she challenges fellow writers.  Janna knows how to engage her audience and as a reader, you soon feel drawn into conversation. 

Janna is currently writing a book.   Enjoy getting to know her!


How long have you been blogging and what or who motivated you to launch your site?

I’d decided I had to start acting on being a writer – at least to an extent greater than ever before – instead of just dreaming about it.  So I immersed myself in an online forum ( – Go! See!).  I learned blogging is often an extension of a writer; it’s the thing to do, to build a platform, raise a following.  I thought it’d be a good way to get my voice out there, practice a little.  So I officially started my blog Something She Wrote in October of ’07.  It’s been a great experience, and I’ve met scads of wonderful people.

When you were a child what did you dream of becoming when you ‘grew up’?

I know it sounds hokey, but all I can recall is that I wanted to help people.  The earliest I remember specifically is that I wanted to teach special education.  That grew into plans for Occupational Therapy, and then I found an interest in Psychology.  I did voluteer work, a few related jobs and studies, but in the end married, had two beautiful babies to stay home with, and found my niche in writing.

We read your blog and catch glimpses of your current relationship, but tell us about your FIRST kiss.

I have one word: slobbery.  But I guess he didn’t mind too much…he married me.  (And yeah, just to be clear… my first kiss with the hubs was my first kiss, period.)

Shoot.  I just totally blew that A lady never tells thing, didn’t I?

If we could peek into your closet, what store would be most represented?

I’ve got more than one favorite, but I’d wager to say Target is where I buy clothes the most.  And shoes!  Ooh, the shoes.  So cute and at such good prices, too.  And purses!

Think they’d pay me for saying all that?  Tell ’em I’ll take free merchandise…

Tell us what you are passionate about…what makes your blood boil, your hackles rise, your heart soar?

I get most upset when I’m misunderstood, or when my views aren’t validated.  I put a lot of effort into walking in others’ shoes, and it bums me out when that’s not reciprocated.

My heart soars when my kids make good choices, or if I see tender moments between the two of them or with their daddy.  And then, on a different level but with my wings spread just as wide, when I receive recognition of  or positive feedback for something I’ve written.

What is your “15 minutes” of fame?

I live and breathe in anticipation of the day it happens…

If you could say whatever you wanted to generations past, you’d say…?

Don’t dismiss all the young’uns’; there is quality to be found.

When you dance, you look like…?

A goober.  And that about sums it up.

If your car could speak, it would say…?

“Thank you for making better efforts to keep me clean!  I mean, I love your family, but I do get so tired of leftover snacks and forgotten toys and discarded trash filling my floorboards.”

What object in your home are you most embarrassed about owning?

Granny panties.  Shhh… don’t.tell.anyone.

Give us a bit of parenting advice.

Go easy on yourself.  No parent makes the right choice every time.  And in the end, what matters is that you’ve loved and provided for your kids, taught them how to be kind and helpful and giving, set an overall good example, and been honest about the kind of parent you are:  a human one.

What latest trend simply baffles you?

Skinny jeans.  I’m not sure they look right on anybody.

What is the grossest thing you’ve ever done in public?

The thing that grossed me out – thought it wasn’t under my control – was that my nursing pad soaked thorugh while I was at Target (yeah, Target. see?), and I had to finish my shopping with a saturated boobicle.

If you could add any word to the dictionary, what would it be?

Lurve, because I just lurve the way it sounds.

Please leave us with one brief thought.

I like you.  You, you yonder, you over there.  I like all of you.


Thank you Janna!  The story of your ‘boobicle’ should have been on yesterday’s post, but it’s never too late for an embarrassing moment on the domestic fringe.

Visit Janna HERE and let her know you enjoyed her interview.


29 thoughts on “Friday’s Spotlight – Meet Janna

  1. robinaltman

    Great interview! I love “meeting” bloggers. I’ve visited Janna’s blog before. She’s terrific.

  2. Janna Qualman

    Anybody seen Space Chimps? There’s a character, Kilowatt, played by Kristin Chenoweth (an amazing Broadway/move singer). When her character gets excited, she belts out a nice, long opera note… That’s what I feel like doing right now.

    All your great comments are da bomb! (Can say that with credibility?) Thanks, everyone.

    And, since this IS FringeGirl’s blog, I can’t leave a comment without saying hi. *waves at FringeGirl*

  3. Erin

    She sounds very, very interesting and I can’t say that without sounding like an evil scientist and that’s not exactly what I intended.

    You do ask the best questions. (I’m getting nervous…maybe you’ve changed your mind…)


    This was such a cool idea. You Rock Ms. Fringepal. Hello to Janna too… I will check out her blog as soon as I get some sleep! Goodnight!

  5. Stonefox

    Target and slobbery first kisses? We have a lot in common! Thanks for giving us the inside scoop of this up and coming writer, FringeGirl! Janna is great!

  6. Cher

    Janna, you were so lucky to marry your first kiss. I lost count WAY before my husband kissed me. But that’s probably a good thing since he was in kindergarten when I was in college. I would have been jailed!

    The Texas Woman

  7. Jessica Nelson

    LOL Hilarious interview! My pads soaked through too. Interestingly enough, hubby was my first kiss. Not slobbery, just kind of weird. But it’s all good now! LOL

    Thanks for sharing Janna!

  8. Janna Qualman

    Thanks for the spotlight today! It’s all warm and cozy here. And I’m glad to see both Jewel and Angie made it over. *tips hat to Evergreen* Mornin’.

    Wow. Tricia, I’m sorry that picture is so redonkulously HUGE. Is that spinach in my teeth?

  9. angie

    Followed Janna’s blog over here. Great interview by both of you! Might I find Boobicles near the Bionicles on the toy aisle? 🙂


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