J. M. Bedell

Jane 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. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I think I'd be a well-loved dog. Possibly an Anatolian Shepherd dog with a huge enclosure, a job to do, a warm and dry place to sleep, and plenty of food and water.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm easily discouraged. It take a lot of emotional effort for me to keep writing, day after day, when the rewards seem to come so infrequently.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'd like to own my own business. A little bookstore/coffeeshop/artsy place where people hang out and discuss life.

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.

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