Master Koda is proud to present Jane Carroll

Is your glass half full or half empty?

It’s a tip-proof sippy cup…so it’s kinda hard to tell.

If you could have a dinner party with five people (living or dead) who would be invited?

Do I have to cook for them or can I have it catered? Seriously, I would have my character, Bertha as the guest of honor. Her guests would include Og Mandino, Cheryl Richardson, Esther Hicks, and King Solomon.

Do you have any advice for the editing process?

Do as I say…not as I do. Don’t take it personally! Have the best editor that you can to go over your work to help you develop the content and catch all those annoying errors. Then…have someone else proof it if you can. Read the manuscript aloud…it will help you catch things that don’t flow well and typos. Get a professional…your friends and family are not your best editors.

If you could do everything over (writing your book, or publishing, etc.) would you change anything?

I sold my house when Bertha-Size Your Life! was first released and determined that I could live off the equity until I was making enough money as an author to support myself…I figured two years should do it and I’d have money left over. WRONG. Two years found me broke having spent not only my equity but my 401K as well. I totally felt foolish for a while for having wasted all my money…until I realized…living your dream…even for only two years…is never a waste.

So it would be easy to say that I’d change this or that…that I would have been an immediate success story…been on Oprah…all that kind of thing. But I know that things have progressed just as they were supposed to. I have grown so much as a person…as a writer…I have no regrets. But…I do hear that Oprah regrets not having interviewed me…just saying. 😉

Describe yourself in one word –


What super power would you like to have –

To jump out of bed in a single bound…smiling and ready to face the day.

What kind of books do you read for pleasure –

I just love spiritual, self-help, personal growth books and I read them for pleasure. I also enjoy what I would call uplifting fiction…I figure if my body is what I eat…then my brain must be what I read.

Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

Og Mandino and Paulo Coelho are masters at weaving an inspirational message in a powerful story. Their books aren’t really fiction but they read like they are. I love Sarah Addison Allen’s books…her words are just spellbinding.

Thank you, Jane, for joining me today! You are a very interesting guest!





Book Synopsis:

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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.