Janet W. Ferguson Speaks Up!


Everyone’s Story welcomes inspirational fiction author Janet W. Ferguson. I became acquainted with Janet first on Carrie Schmidt’s blog ReadingIsMySuperpower and experienced a “wow” factor when learning about her novels.  I’m so glad Janet accepted my invitation to appear as my guest this week! Take some time to check out what Janet speaks up about, as well as her BookGiveaway of her latest release, Magnolia Storms. We look forward to hearing from you!





Magnolia Storms for web


Janet is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 ebook of Magnolia Storms. The winner will be announced between 6-7 PM EST on September 29th.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

Blurb for Magnolia Storms:

Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.

Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live? 


When God Doesn’t Answer Prayers the Way We Expect by Janet W. Ferguson

Prayer is a joy, a time of praise, a song on the lips. But prayer can be work, tears, a whisper, an anguished cry of the heart. We seek help in faith and love and sorrow and desperation.

Sometimes an answer comes with a resounding yes, a miracle even.The healing comes, the storm passes over our home, or a relationship is restored.

Other times, we pound on the doors of heaven, day after day, and our cries seem to go unanswered. Our child is still sick, our relationship still broken, the storm destroys.

And we are disappointed.

I’ve been there. Maybe you have, too.


I wanted, perhaps needed, to write a story that explores this disappointment. Was there an answer from God to my prayers? Don’t get me wrong. I believe He’s there. But what do I do with the hurt and sadness when life spirals out of my control? How do I reconcile those feelings?

So I did what writers do. I dug into that emotion—searched for answers for my characters and for myself.

You may not know it, but Hurricane Katrina destroyed a large part of my beloved state of Mississippi in 2005. It was catastrophic, a truly devastating event for many people I cared about. That’s the baggage my heroine carries Magnolia Storms. She lost her father, her home, almost everything in the storm, and she’s still grappling with the prayers that weren’t answered the way she wanted or expected.

What she learned, and I did, too, is that God’s still there with us through the storm. He’s still in control.

He’s with us in the pain. He’s there to lean on, or He carries us through if we can no longer stand. He’s with us through other people, a touch, a meal, a phone call. Blessings rain down on us every minute of every day in the little things, like a soft mattress, a rainbow, a sunset. I’ve heard so many times that His ways are not our ways. It becomes trite, at times. But how often have situations worked out in ways I would have never expected, could never have imagined? It just took much longer than I wanted.

My heroine is reminded that Jesus, too, was acquainted with sorrow. He wept when his friend died. He cried over Jerusalem. He went through extraordinary pain, abandonment, and loss. We have a Savior who has been there, can relate, and He cares for me. He cares for you.

No, God doesn’t answer us like some genie in a bottle, but He is never caught off guard. He warned us that in this world we would have trouble, but to take heart, He has overcome the world.

It doesn’t take much faith to believe when times are good, faith comes when life falls apart, and all we have left is to fall into the arms of a merciful God.


Janet’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Author @JanetWFerguson Speaks Up on: When God Doesn’t Answer Prayers the Way We Expect. (Tweet This)

@JanetWFerguson shares how her characters in Magnolia Storms face their storms in life.  (Tweet This)

@JanetWFerguson shares how #writers cope with their disappointments. #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space. 

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37 comments to Janet W. Ferguson Speaks Up!

  • Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview. I loved getting to meet Janet at the CRAVE event. Don’t include me in the drawing since I already have a copy.

  • I enjoyed getting to know more about Janet. I went to the Mississippi coast after Katrina to talk with students at Waveland and the stories they told broke my heart. And the devastation…my mind couldn’t take it in. Can’t wait to read Magnolia Storms!

    • elaineadmin

      So many storms in life, whether of nature or by man’s choosing or by accident. I’m glad I can lean on His mighty shoulders… and friends like you, Pat, and my other blog visitors. Thanks for visiting.

    • Janet Ferguson

      Hi Patricia,
      It was a heartbreaking time for our state. Overwhelming, too. I hope you like the story and find the hope within it. I have one of your books, and can’t wait to read it!!

  • Ann Mock

    Such an interesting theme which is made better by Janet’s real life experiences! I wish you the best Janet with your book!

  • Janet Ferguson

    So happy to be here, Elaine! Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my heart with your readers 🙂

  • Marilyn R

    Nice to learn more about Janet through this interview. I look forward to reading Magnolia Storms. I’ve never visited an area after a hurricane but the pictures on the news is heartbreaking along with the stories that are shared by survivors.

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for your visit, Marilyn. I’m glad Janet has written this story thru a Christian perspective, offering hope. Something we all need.

    • Janet Ferguson

      Thank you for commenting, Marilyn. I hope you like the story. Prayers for all those recently affected by storms, that they may find hope in the destruction.

  • Teri D

    What a great interview! My sister told me many years ago that God always answers…just sometimes the answer is “no”. I’ve always carried that with me, and I feel like this is some of what the heroine will be learning!

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for visiting today, Teri. I hope to see you again!

      What I’ve been learning lately is that what I originally think is a No from God isn’t a no, but just my human interpretation… perhaps it’s a Holy take on when one door closes another Mighty one opens 😊

    • Janet Ferguson

      Hi Teri! Your sister sounds smart! Yes, the answer is sometimes “no” or “wait.” As humans with our short site, we don’t like that. I don’t like that. I feel that’s where my faith has to kick in. Easier said than done, but I’m working on it.

  • Amy

    We need to remember that JESUS Is in the boat with us and HE Is In charge of the waves of the ocean and the turbulence in our daily lives. We were in the middle of Matthew, though our house sat on a hill, and like Noah’s ark we did not get flooded!! Praise the LORD for this mighty miracle! My best friend in TX had her house flooded and is having to rebuild her house with JESUS as the foundation. I really look forward to reading Magnolia Storms and will give it to my best friend after I read it. It will be read a lot I’m sure. If I don’t win this book, can I buy it from Christianbookdistributor.com??

    • elaineadmin

      Amy, I’m thankful for your visit. I love what you wrote: … rebuild her house with Jesus as the foundation. Amen and amen!

      Hope you’ll visit again.

    • Janet Ferguson

      Hi Amy, You are so right! Glad you were not flooded. I’m not on CBD yet, but you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Ibooks, those places. Or local stores in Mississippi. Any bookstore can order it from Ingram for you, by the way. Thank you for your comments and your interest in my little story!

  • Kellye Bullock

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  • Thanks for such an encouraging post, Janet and Elaine! Magnolia Storms sounds so interesting, and that’s a beautiful cover!

    • elaineadmin

      Laura, thanks for your visit today. I’m glad you were uplifted by Janet’s words. With the world spinning so fast these days, we can all use the encouragement 😊

    • Janet Ferguson

      Thank you, Laura! I can’t wait to read one of your books! You keep winning all kinds of contests! I do love the cover, too.

  • Penelope

    I am on my fouth book by Janet. Loving the writing style so much. Some laughs out loud which is always good for a jaded Senior Saint. I’m looking forward to this new one.

  • I’m very interested in this book. My daughter’s name is Magnolia and my husband’s name is Josh. We are North Louisiana native, currently living in New Orleans and seeking the next steps for our family once my husband graduates in December. My dad is a contractor and worked in Pascagoula, MS after the storm. I remember going there to visit him one weekend and driving along the coast. Where once stood houses had become nothing but rooftops or framework, if that. I’ve always loved to read, but I’ve recently become a mom to SIX beautiful, overwhelming blessings (Magnolia is #4, an identical twin). Needless to say, downtime doesn’t exist for me right now, but it would be nice to escape to another world, another woman’s storm, even for just a few minutes per day. So, I’m glad I saw this advertised on Twitter and very much enjoyed reading what you had to say on this page. 🙂

    • elaineadmin

      LaRaye, thanks for your visit. Wow–thanks for sharing such firsthand insights to the storm experience. It’s so sad to hear of folks experiencing such devastation, yet the perseverance and the will to go on stories are certainly encouraging to face many battles in life.

      Hope to see you again!

    • Janet Ferguson

      Hi LaRaye! What an interesting coincidence! I love the name Josh, and I picked Magnolia because it’s our state flower. I bet your father saw a lot of mess and hurt after the store. I do remember how hard it was to read when I can littles. I think carpool, doctor’s offices and the bath tub were about it. I hope you like the story, and I’m so glad you found us!

  • Lisa C

    A big thank you to Tammy Doherty for sharing this post and piquing my interest. I have little time to read as I have a large family yet I always have time for a new book of Tammy’s so when she has something to share I pay attention. We are currently in a life storm, stranded and desperately seeking dry land and yet if He’s answering we can’t hear. Such a struggle to try and be still and do His will when we can’t see the way. Seems maybe finding this book of yours Janet may be a step in the right direction.

    • elaineadmin

      Lisa, Tammy Doherty is indeed a sweetheart 😊 I had the pleasure of meeting her in person over lunch a few years ago, and have been blessed with her recent endorsement of my upcoming novella, And You Came Along (releasing this December).

      So sorry you’re going through a life storm. I’m thankful you found your way here to this blog and that Janet’s words were of encouragement to you. May you be blessed with smoother roads to travel down!

      Do visit again!

    • Janet Ferguson

      Hi Lisa! I’m so glad to meet you here. Tammy sounds like a great friend! I’m so sorry you are in a storm. It’s tough, and I’ve been there. Praying for you now. I do hope the story is encouraging. It helped me to work through some hard emotions while writing it.
      Blessing, prayers, and hugs,

  • elaineadmin

    Talk about an inspirational uplift! Thanks to my wonderful guest, Janet W. Ferguson, for not only encouraging my viewers during a tumultuous time of weather storms and otherwise but also, personally speaking with some unexpected family matters. And this is why I’m still continuing my blog though it’s very time consuming–it’s so necessary to be of encouragement to each other!!

    Janet, thanks for the exciting BookGiveaway of Magnolia Storms. And the winner of the ebooks is…

    Penelope!! Congratulations!! Both Janet and I will contact your directly via emails. Happy reading.

    Blessings to all.

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