Author Chat with Pam Cope (author of Jantsen’s Gift)

If you follow this blog you are probably aware of my recent gushing review of Jantsen’s Gift by Pam Cope. The book left me at times with laughter, other times with tears. Once I finished the book, I decided to try to email Pam Cope to see if she would be willing to answer a few questions for an interview that she could email me back the answers and I could post here. Instead, she emailed me back and asked if she could call me and we could talk about the book on the phone.


Uhhh….. YEAH!

So we set up a day and time last week when she was going to give me a call and she did.  We had a fantastic conversation and chatted like old friends for about an hour!  I think she interviewed me as much as I did her!  She kept asking about the work we have done in Honduras… and we even discussed my book club which by the picture on my sidebar here she had determined had to be quite the group!  I agreed, they are!  🙂

So with no further babbling and gushing by me…. please enjoy the following conversation I had with author, Pam Cope.


Pam, I am so excited that you have taken the time out of your busy schedule to chat here with me.  As you share in the book, this is about a total change of lifestyle for you.  Share with me a bit what creating the book, Jantsen’s Gift was like.

Pam:  Aimee was a great help with the book, she took so much of it having written other books before.  I really learned a lot from her.  On some of your travels Aimee and I were not together so we just kept journals of all that we were doing and seeing.  At one point I had seven journals that I turned over to Aimee… unedited logs that she was able to pick through.


Has this book been everything you had hoped it would be?

Pam:  It is hard being a first time author.  You really work hard to get your name out there.  I am so thankful tot he bloggers who have reviewed my book and talked about it.  These promotions have been so helpful!  It is fun to see the reviews coming through on sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  It takes a lot of time, but this is what I do to get the word out.


What was the last trip you were on?

Pam:  All of us went to Ghana, west Africa in August.  This to us is family time.  We have a family camp sort of s etting.  We go to see an orphanage we have partnered with there.  This orphanage has 21 kids that have been taken off of the lake.  I will be going in back in January and March of 2010.


Pam, that is so amazing.  When I think about all those kids.  Well, you and I have already talked about this… I tear up. It rips me up inside to think about those kids.  In your book, I keep going back to when you describe the boy you had to leave behind on the lake.  That one statement haunts me.  I know he is one of many.  What is that like Pam, saying yes to one, but leaving another?

Pam:  It is so hard.  You have to remind yourself that you can only save so many.  You keep moving forward.  You keep being positive and doing what you can.  There are 7,000 kids on the lake right now.


How are the two children you did adopt, Van and Tatum?

Pam:  They are wonderful.  They have adjusted well.  We have had Van since he was 16 months old and Tatum since she was 2 1/2.  They are both in fifth grade right now.  They are so much fun to be around.


If there another book in the planning?

Pam:  We have talked about it.  Right now it is just a vision but I feel there is another book.  I am thinking it may be a book about people who are empowered to live out their dreams – like advocates for something, people who get to do what they really love to do.  I think it would be short stories about these people.  Something to the effect of what is that moment when we are launched into our passion… that dream that causes you to dig deeper.


Pam that sounds amazing!  Please keep me informed about that vision!  Before I close here I was wondering if there is anything you want to say about the Touch A Life Foundation.

Pam:  Of course!  We are currently very excited about a building project.  There are so many needs always.  I hope everyone will take a moment to check out the Touch a Life Foundation website.  Every donation, helps  a child.

Johannes, who was rescued off Lake Volta by Touch A Life in August 2009.

Pam thank you so much for talking with me and sharing more about your book Jantsen’s Gift and what you do to help children in extreme impoverish conditions.  Your book really spoke to me and I believe it will do the same for others as well.


10 thoughts on “Author Chat with Pam Cope (author of Jantsen’s Gift)

  1. I’m with you, Sheila – I think it would be so hard to pick one and not another, and to be able to walk away. And yet I can see the logic – that one is better than none. Still, it would be so hard!

  2. Sheila, thanks so much for sending me over to see this interview, especially since I just read it and everything is so fresh in my mind. I honestly can’t think of a book I’ve read lately that has affected me as much as this one has. I would LOVE to read her next book if she does one. I hope she does write it about people’s passions and how they are empowered to fulfill their dreams. It is amazing how people are able to do that.

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