Janna Cawrse Esarey

Janna Cawrse Esarey was a 2008 Jack Straw Writing Fellow. Her work appears in travel anthologies and sailing magazines, including Sail and Cruising World. She also writes “Happily Even After,” a relationship blog for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Janna lives in Seattle overlooking her friend and nemesis, the sailboat Dragonfly. Visit her at www.byjanna.com.

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Meet Janna and Graeme. After a decade-long tango, they're back in love, but will the ‘high seas’ hamper their happiness…

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Janna Cawrse Esarey
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Only connect.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. One? Impossible. But here are some: crappy time management skills, over-emotional-ness, high-horsedness, distractibility, obsession with details, stupid insecurities, the ridiculous notion that the world revolves around me, worrying what others think, not caring what others think, being a dreadful cook, thin skin, thick head, the list goes on...

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness? Heck, I'll just take regular old happiness, thanks. Singing loud and off-key on a roadtrip. Sun-warmed raspberries off the bush. The way a hug sometimes nestles me into my daughter so her neck and mine are the same. So many things. But, all in all, it's round and warm and orange-ish red and full and faintly sweet. It's the way I feel talking with my husband or my girlfriends or my mom when they really really GET me.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. 1) "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash. 2) "Rock Song" which I wrote for my husband, Graeme, on our wedding, played by Sean Stanley (you can listen at www.byjanna.com). 3), 4), and 5) Anything sung by The Weepies in general or Deb Talan in particular.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Teaching sixth graders in New Orleans with Teach For America.

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