J. M. Bedell

J.M. Bedell spent her childhood daydreaming in hayfields, talking to cows, and finding her heroes between the pages of books. She is a full-time writer of historical fiction and nonfiction for children. She received her MFA in creative writing from Hamline University in Minnesota. She lives with her husband and two Siberian huskies in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at JMBedell.com.

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J. M. Bedell
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Okay, here's where you learn that I'm a bit weird. I don't listen to music. I love the quiet. My favorite sounds are the rustle of Aspen leaves in a gentle breeze, the chirp of mating frogs in the spring, the howl of coyotes on a foggy night, the deep bass tones that come from my cathedral wind chimes, and the soft cheeping/whistling of my guinea hens as they search for seeds.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. That I didn't go to college before I got married and had kids. It took me 14 years to get my bachelor's degree, one or two classes at a time. I think I would have gone further in my writing career if I had started sooner.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, integrity, and being teachable.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I have two, my daughters. One has an MD/PhD and is about to start her residency, and the other has opened her own gluten-free bakery in Seattle. Amazing, strong and independent women.

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