Guest Posts

Are Writers Born or Made? Guest Post by Jan Drexler


Jan Drexler blog tour

Welcome to The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart blog tour and giveaway,

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

I am delighted to welcome Jan to my humble little blog today. I can relate to her post because I know that for me, as a writer, I had to wait for the right season. Thank you, Jan for sharing your heart. – Melony Teague

Are Writers Born or Made?

by Jan Drexler

I didn’t start out to be a writer.

As a child, I was a terrible student because I only wanted to read. I hated handwriting practice. Math stumped me all the way through high school. And those “answer the question with a complete sentence” exercises? Forget it!

My favorite days in school were standardized test days. I was able to work on my test pages at my own pace, and when I finished I could read until the other students finished theirs. I was in heaven! Why couldn’t all days be like this?

If I couldn’t read, I’d stare out the window, lost in my imagination. The stories that swirled around in my head pulled me out of reality. My imaginary dog slept by my desk and my imaginary horse stood by the playground fence, waiting patiently for school to let out. But I didn’t start out to be a writer.
I was going to be a veterinarian until I flunked Chemistry. I was going to be a musician until my brother went into that field. Then I studied writing in college…and ended up lost in a world of literary elitists. I knew I didn’t belong there. I knew I wasn’t meant to be a writer.

I married my college sweetheart and we started a family. We moved all around the Midwest, we homeschooled, I was involved in Bible Study Fellowship. But writing wasn’t on the agenda.
Oh, once in a while I’d start a story or two, but God would say, “not yet.”

The children grew older, we moved a couple more times… and then it happened: my youngest son was quickly approaching his last year of high school. I was about to be unemployed.
With my homeschooling career nearly over, I thought about going back to college to get my teaching degree. I thought about nursing school. I thought about seminary. I ignored the idea of writing.

Are writers born or made?
I think writers are born with an overwhelming passion for storytelling. The stories go through an endless series of metamorphoses in our minds until they struggle to emerge, full-blown, with a life of their own. So in that way, writers are born. But we are made through our life experiences. God leads us through the twists and turns that we tuck close to our hearts, each experience building on the others until God has constructed His writer. So in that way, writers are made.

A writer emerges…
My dear husband knows me so well. He knows my dreams – even the ones I never, ever talk about.
About the time our youngest son was reaching the end of his high school years, my husband bought a computer as a gift for me for Christmas. As I opened that box, God whispered, “now.”
And I knew.
I was always meant to be a writer.


the amish nanny's sweetheartTitle: The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart
Author: Jan Drexler
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical
Release Date: March 1, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Historical Amish Fiction
Love in Plain Sight
As the nanny for her nephew, Judith Lapp’s finally part of a vibrant, joyful Amish community instead of living on the outskirts looking in. But teaching her neighbors’ Englischer farmworker to read Pennsylvania Dutch wasn’t part of her plan. And the more time she spends with Guy Hoover, the more he sparks longings for a home and family of Judith’s own.
Guy figured he would never be truly accepted by his Amish employers’ community—even though the Mast family treats him like a son. But Judith’s steadfast caring shows him that true belonging could be within his reach…if he and Judith can reconcile their very different hopes—and hearts.


PURCHASE A COPY: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository



jan drexler

Jan grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. With Pastors and Teachers populating both sides of her extended family, we aren’t surprised that she wanted to be a first-class storyteller herself.

Born and raised in Michigan, Jan is the descendant of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants who settled in Berks, Somerset and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s. The descendants of these immigrants pioneered in Maryland, Ohio, and finally Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in Northern Indiana in the 1850s.

During the years when Jan was raising and homeschooling their children, she and her husband moved nine times in thirty years, finally landing in South Dakota where they enjoy the incredibly Michigan-like weather. A northerner is always a northerner!

The ideas for Jan’s books come from the stories told by her parents and grandparents, seasoned with a lot of research and imagination.

CONNECT WITH AUTHOR: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Jan Drexler giveaway 400x400


Jan Drexler is giving away a print copy of The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart and a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one winner! Open internationally, as long as the winner can receive books from Book Depository and accept an egift card from US Amazon. Void where prohibited by law. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

tour schedule


March 19th
Launch on JustRead
Reading Is My SuperPower
Edits and Reviews by Leslie
A Baker’s Perspective

March 20th
Savings in Seconds
Inventing in Sight

March 21st
Books and Tea
Melony Teague

March 22nd
Caffeinated Reads
Sprinkles and Pink

March 23rd
Faithfully Bookish
Ponderings of a Poet & Procrastinator



Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time, she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. She also teaches seniors in her local community to write their own personal story. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats. Check out her recent publications here

Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.


  • Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the “The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart” blog tour.

    Love Jan Drexler’s books and can’t wait for the opportunity to read this one. Enjoyed reading Jan’s Are Writers Born or Made?

  • Mary Nida Smith

    Thank you Jan for your article. I can relate to your personal experience in school. I prayed all the time I was at school , which wasn’t often, to pass my grades. God blessed me them and today. Thank you. My Granddad was a Yoder and most of his family was Amish and Mennonite.

  • Anne Carol

    Amen to everything you said! I had one story in my head from age 12 to adulthood and didn’t do anything (public) with it until my kids were almost in middle school. They’re almost in college now and I still feel God is working on me, priming me for writing for His Kingdom! Thanks for sharing, it’s nice to know I still could have a future in writing, even though I didn’t start until later.

    And you’re blessed to have such a supportive husband.