Friday, October 26, 2012

Meet Janet Perez Eckles!

Janet Perez Eckles


Although blind, Janet Perez Eckles has been inspiring thousands to see the best in life. She is an international speaker, writer and #1 bestselling author of Simply Salsa: Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta, Judson Press 2011.

What keeps women from dancing to the sweet freedom God offers? With a bit of sass, humor and a uniquely passionate “Latina talk,” Simply Salsa exposes the lies and misconceptions that imprison women today. Simply Salsa is not just a book, but a delightful experience to discover the joy lost in life’s struggles, the freedom from fear and with each engaging story, restore confidence to face Tomorrow.

Available at:

All Christian stores and Barnes &Noble
ISBN 978­0­8170­1701­9 (pbk.: alk. paper) 1. Christian

Your unique talent: I think that conquering fear is a gift. I displayed it a few years back when I drove a car. (Being completely blind, fear might have gotten in the way. But maybe foolishness replaced common sense. Either way, the experience was thrilling!

Share something not many people know about you

I was a belly dancer and taught it when I was young...and daring.
(Lisa says: I'm trying to picture that, and fits! - Big smile!)

Which best describes your personality:

Passionate as I dance to the Latina melody of God’s joy.

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets?

No pets other than the lizard that slithers under the screen beside our swimming pool.

Would you rather travel or stay at home?

Travel any day! I love, love to travel alone. I always say one should only fly in first class or as a blind person—both have the same lovely perks!

Do you read more or write more?

Write more.

Prefer cake or pie?

Give me a slice of a homemade pecan pie and you’ll be my best friend.

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car?

Drive a car, more protection (an important component when driving being blind).

How about taking the bus or walking?

I’ll walk provided the person leading me is going where I want to go.

Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church?

Medium size.

Would you describe yourself as happy or joyful?

Joyful. Thus the title of my next e-book: Hola, Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word.

Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail?

Email for business conversations. Phone with good ol’ friends.

Do you eat at home or eat out?

Mostly at home. But when eating out, it’s a lovely experience.

Listen to music or prefer quiet?

Lots of music, praise songs, and when in a silly mood, listen to oldies.

Prefer sunrises or sunsets?

Sigh! Having lost my sight over 26 years ago, I remember both to be breath-taking...and surely gives me a deeper longing to reach heaven—when the sunrises and sunsets I’ll be able to see will have a more vibrant shimmer!
My new release, Hola, Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word is now available!


Janet Perez Eckles, inspiring you to see the best in life.

For inspiration and a bit of humor, watch Janet’s video:
Hola Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word



  1. Belly dancer eh? I can see lovely vibrant joyful Janet shimmering her way around to the delight of all who saw her. As she dances now for her Lord I'm sure H too is delighted. Lovely interview.

  2. Lol, i enjoyed reading this Janet. Very Interesting!

  3. Janet, you're such a treasure. I enjoy everything you write whether heart-felt encouragement or reminiscing about sunsets. Do you think you enjoy music more than before you lost your sight?

  4. Janet! I never would have guessed...a belly dancer! LOL Too funny! And yes, your inspiring, poetic writing reaches into one's heart to connect our souls with the Lord more deeply. Thank you for your lovely writing.

  5. You are such an inspiration to all of us, Janet. Your outlook is always so positive. I think you 'see' the world more clearly than many sighted people.