#RRBC WELCOME!! #RRBCSpotlightAuthor JAN SIKES (@rijanjks)

Today we are kicking off our Spotlight Author Blog Tour with Guest Author Jan Sikes!

Jan’s story is similar to my own as far as becoming a writer. I couldn’t find anybody else to write my story either. So Jan, Welcome to my blog. I’m so happy to be hosting you today!



It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I say that a story begins with one word, one sentence, one paragraph.


I always thought someone would come along in life and write our story. In fact, I was sure of it as many people suggested it to us over the years.


But, I awoke one morning to the realization that no one else could write it because I was the only one there and would have to tell it myself. I’ll never forget the elation of attending that first Creative Writing class and how I was sure I could tell this story in a screenplay or one book.


Four books later, the story is now preserved. The screenplay is yet to come.


I never dreamed of being a writer. It was never my goal in life. That goal was my sister’s. I simply had a story that not only begged but, demanded to be told.


My initial approach was to tackle the story in first person. I quickly discovered that wasn’t possible for me. It was too personal, and I couldn’t separate enough from it to objectively relate it.


So, when a girlfriend suggested I create characters to tell the story through, a light came on. That was the perfect answer.


In creating my character, I’d heard the story many times in my life about how my mom had intended to name me Darlene when I was born. But, my older brother insisted that I be named Janice. Knowing that story, I resurrected Mom’s intended name and put a twist on it using Darlina. The last name Flowers simply flowed.


Luke Stone’s character name came from my favorite uncle growing up, Uncle Luke. So, using his name for Rick came easily.


The last names also fit our personalities. I was the soft naïve one while Rick was seasoned in life and hardened by his lifestyle.


And, so the journey began with that first word. If you open “Flowers and Stone,” you’ll find the first word of the first sentence is Darlina.


While becoming a writer was not my goal in life, it fits like a comfortable glove. Four biographical fiction books, five published short stories, a paranormal romance novel along with numerous songs and poems under my belt, I can’t imagine doing anything else.


I love this quote from Ernest Hemmingway, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”


I hope you enjoy this RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR tour and will join me on each stop!




Connect with Jan:


Twitter    Facebook   Blog    Website   Pinterest   Instagram





About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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38 Responses to #RRBC WELCOME!! #RRBCSpotlightAuthor JAN SIKES (@rijanjks)

  1. I’m late to the party, but I’m glad I stopped by. I loved this look into how you began writing. I can relate to your beginnings. I have two of your books and hope to read them soon. 🙂

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  2. Micki Peluso says:

    congrats, Jan!!! I loved your reasons for writing–similar to my own. I loved “Flowers and Stone” and am tying to get to the sequels, especially the last one. Have a fun tour and Spotlight place.,


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Glad you stopped by Micki. I’m just finishing up reading Flowers and Stone. I didn’t know I had it; and The Convict and the Rose as well, just waiting to get read. These tours are helping me remember books that we need to be read. Lol!


  3. markbierman says:

    Jan, I’m glad that your girlfriend suggested that you write your story and that a passion for writing was sparked! All the best with your tour, enjoy your time in the spotlight! Thank you, Shirley, for hosting!

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  4. I always say “better late than never.” I am very proud of you, Jan and I send my congratulations.
    Shirley, thank you for hosting Jan.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Karen, its never too late. Just keep on sharing and it will keep Jan’s tour alive. Thank you so much for stopping by.


  5. Congratulations, Jan! I’m sure you’ll love this wonderful spot this month. It’s such an honour! Thanks for hosting Jan, Shirley.

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  6. jinlobify says:

    Hi, Jan, you are right! Only you can tell your own story. I almost missed your tour. Just so much to do! 😀

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  7. beemweeks says:

    Fantastic blog piece, Jan. Writing such a personal story must have rewards and heartaches. Congratulations on the Spotlight! You truly are worthy.

    Thanks for being such an amazing host, Shirley!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi Jan. I’m sorry I haven’t been following your tour, but I will swing by as many stops as I can. I hope you’re enjoying yourself, and I’m looking forward to hosting you later this week. 😀
    Shirley, thanks for hosting Jan. I always enjoy stopping by your blog.

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  9. Stephen Geez says:

    What a great way to add perspective to Jan’s writing, learning more about how the very process of learning and telling their story has transformed her life. Thanks for sharing this, Jan, and to you, Shirley for hosting! Good luck on the tour.


  10. lauralibricz says:

    Congratulations, Jan! I’m looking forward to getting to know more about you and your work. Have a wonderful time in the spotlight. Nice to see you, Shirley!

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  11. Congratulations, Jan! It’s so wonderful to see you in the Spotlight. Wishing you a fabulous month. Cheers to you! XO
    Thanks so much for sharing this lovely post, Shirley. A fantastic kick-off for Jan’s blog tour. 🙂

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  12. Wendy Scott says:

    So lovely to see you and your books being spotlighted this month. Jan – congrats! You write from the heart and this creates a strong emotional bond with the reader.

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  13. Jan, I can imagine how hard it must have been to write such a personal story. Love the quote! Shirley, thanks for hosting today.

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  14. ~Mar says:

    Congratulations, Jan!! You are so deserving of this honor and I’m thrilled to see you in the Spotlight! 🙂 Shirley, thanks so much for hosting!!

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  15. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Jan, you say your sister was the writer. Did you ever think about letting her write your story before you decided to do it?

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Gwen Plano says:

    Congratulations, Jan. Enjoy the spotlight, so deserved. Big hugs.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Lovely “Spotlight,” Jan! 🙂 Keep shining…

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  18. Vashti Q says:

    Congratulations on being selected “Spotlight” author, Jan! You are very deserving of this honor. I enjoyed reading, ‘Why I Write’. It’s great to learn more about you. Thanks for kicking off the “Spotlight” tour, Shirley! 😀 xx

    Liked by 2 people

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Vashti, thank you for stopping by and it was my pleasure to start the train moving for Jan. Have a great day!


  19. D.L Finn, Author says:

    I am so inspired by your story Jan. Deciding to write about it and doing it so well. We are all lucky you wrote that first word and started your writing journey. Enjoy your spotlight tour!

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Hello and welcome Jan. Sorry about the glitch which prevented me from pubishing on time. Have a great tour!

    Liked by 1 person

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