Interview with Jane Carroll Author of “Bertha Size Your Life”

I have had the privilege to know Jane Carroll for a couple years now. In fact I have done radio interviews with her over on our sister site Heal Yourself Talk Radio…I am thrilled to post this new interview where Jane gives us more insight into her life.

So here you go, welcome to Jane Carroll:

At what age were you the happiest? What triggered such joy?

You know…that would have to be now…because I have memories of all the happy things I’ve already done…and I have the perspective to know that many more things are on the horizon.

What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?

That I am not enough. It worked just fine for many years…Bertha has been instrumental in exposing it as the lie it is. Today…just as I am…I am enough…and so are you!

When was the last time you felt alive? I mean really alive!

I had brain surgery just over two years ago and didn’t feel alive at all for the longest time…it was like I was in a fog…then…one day last summer…I started feeling better…since then I have had many days that I just felt alive…like I could conquer the world. It’s a wonderful feeling…and…I have it this morning…AWESOME!

When was the last time you helped someone? I mean really helped someone. What did you do for this person? Were they grateful or did they resent it?

A few years ago the mother of one of my students (I’m a school nurse) sent me a letter saying that her daughter wasn’t going to have Christmas because they just didn’t have the money. The school usually helps some families out but had already made their plans so I bought the girl’s Christmas. I went all out…spent more on her than I did on my own children and grandchildren. I gave all the stuff to her mother and she never really thanked me. When I see her now she doesn’t even acknowledge who I am. Is she ungrateful or just embarrassed…I’ll never know…but I choose to believe that she is embarrassed.

What is the one thing, good or bad, you wish you could have said to a former boyfriend/girlfriend? Why didn’t you? Don’t worry he/she probably won’t read this.

You cannot convince me that all my exes live in Texas and don’t keep tabs on me…mum’s the word.

What is the worst advice you have ever given someone?

You’ll feel better if you get angry. That only works when you’re depressed and she wasn’t. So it backfired…she felt worse…and so did I.

Who is your favorite author, and how did they inspire you to write?

Og Mandino is my all-time favorite author. His books take personal growth topics and weave them into beautiful stories. My favorite of his books is The Greatest Miracle in the World. I was totally inspired by his style and by his life. There was a point when he was an unemployed, homeless alcoholic who had lost everything and was considering suicide but he even failed at that…instead he went into a library to stay warm and had to read a book or get kicked out. That book changed his life and the lives of millions of others. I remember wondering how different the world would have been if he had actually taken his own life. Now that is the power of a book…how could I not write mine as well?

Thanks for being such a wonderful guest, Jane!





Book Synopsis:

Bertha Size Your Life by Jane Carroll

Bertha-Size Your Life! reads like a series of humorous short stories but it is so much more. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears into the narrator’s life while walking in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into her new friend’s empty nest and the fun begins.

Bertha is always up to something and delights in standing on a soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice. She explains The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has you going hmmm instead of humph.

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex, and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette.

Who knew personal transformation could be so much fun? “Bertha, that was a rhetorical question. Get off your soapbox…”


Jane CarrollJane Carroll, Author of Amazon Bestselling Bertha-Size Your Life!, is a Life Coach, Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Mother, Grandmother, and long-time student of life. She has seen the focus of her over 30 year nursing career change from illness to wellness to wholeness, a philosophy that permeates everything she does. While she enjoys all aspects of her life, writing is her passion and she is currently working on Bertha’s latest adventures.

Bertha-Size Your Life! recently received the MK Traditionally Published Best Book of 2012 Award.

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