About me

I love dogs, cheesecake, genealogy, local history, good historical fiction, Edisto Island, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. I drive a 1991 pick-up truck and live on land that’s been in my family since the 1760s. I’m an insomniac. I hope to write well enough to keep you up at night, too.

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My journey as a writer has been convoluted. I’m a political junkie, so my major in college was political science and my first career was in government. I transitioned into the travel industry for a few years before being laid low by a chronic illness. In my time of not being able to work full-time, I took a fiction writing class at Queens University in Charlotte and it changed my life forever.

I spend my time reading and writing historical fiction. I’m working on my first novel. It’s set in the 1760s in the piedmont of North and South Carolina. It involves a murder in a small backcountry settlement. The first working title was The Spanish Coin, but I’m now calling it The Doubloon.

As a general rule, I blog on Monday mornings. I blog about the books I read and I blog about my journey as an aspiring novelist. Sometimes I blog about history. In 2019, I started #OnThisDay blog posts to highlight events in history. I also started a #FixYourNovel series of blog posts in case you want to learn how to take your rough manuscript all the way to publication. I share what I’m learning on my own journey.

I dabble in playing the lap dulcimer and quilting.

If you’d like to support my writing until I get my novel published, feel free to ask for my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, at your favorite independent bookstore, or order it online from Amazon.com.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing the research and the writing for that book. I wanted to include so much history in it that the publisher (Arcadia Publishing) had to remind me, “This isn’t a history book.” I did my best to make it one, though! I think you’ll find it educational and entertaining.

Also, visit my website, http://janetmorrisonbooks.com/ to see the genealogy books and local history/church history booklets I’ve written.

I need to get back to work on my novel. See you at the library or the bookstore!

Janet

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