I started Janet’s Writing Blog in 2010 but gave it half-hearted attention until my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2014. I blog about the books I read, my struggle to keep up with social media, and things I learn about the craft of writing. My routine of blogging on Tuesdays and Fridays is working pretty well.
Through my blog posts I share my journey as an aspiring novelist. Taking Judith Simpson’s fiction writing course through the continuing education department of Queens University of Charlotte in 2001 was a life-changing event for me. I had toyed with the idea of writing a book throughout my young adult years. The writing course gave me the confidence to finally put my fingers to the keyboard and start writing fiction and nonfiction.
I majored in political science and minored in history in college. Writing allows me to combine my love of historical research and the process of writing. I wrote a local history newspaper column for Harrisburg Horizons weekly newspaper in Harrisburg, NC from 2006 through 2012. Since the newspaper ceased publication, I have concentrated my writing efforts on southern historical fiction.
My work in progress is the manuscript for a southern historical mystery with the working title, The Spanish Coin. It is set in the Carolina backcountry in 1771. In 2017, I hope to get it evaluated by beta readers and professionally edited. The next step will be seeking publication!
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