Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California. Today I have the honor of interviewing Jane Hampton Cook – author, historian, and frequent commentator on Fox News. Jane’s love of history and knowledge of the great lessons to be learned from the past infuse all her work. American Phoenix, about President John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa, releases this week from Thomas Nelson.

Jane, How did you get into writing?

CAN Jane CookI wanted to find something I could do while also working from home and taking care of my children. Before my children were born, I stumbled into writing when I was working for then Texas Governor George W. Bush. He loved Sam Houston. Inspired, I did some research and then wrote a children’s book about Sam Houston and his daughter, Maggie. Working on weekends, it took me a year to research and write the book. I sought out a Texas educational publisher, instead of a New York one. Having that book published proved to me that I could do it. When I left the White House in 2003, I received a research fellowship from the White House Historical Association and pursued writing full-time until my children were born. I carved out writing time during naps, and later, during preschool and school hours.

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