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Jessica Lawson

Jessica Lawson holds a BA in Spanish and an MS in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management. She’s worked in the nonprofit sector (with charitable-giving foundations), as a preschool teacher, at a dude ranch, and on National Forest trail crews. She lives in Colorado with her husband and children. She is the author of Nooks & Crannies and The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If the opportunity to take a relaxing shower presents itself, take it.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would meet Jane Addams, who co-founded a settlement home called Hull House in Chicago in the late 1800s. She was an advocate for children, education, women's suffrage, and world peace. I read about her as a third-grader, and she's remained in my heart as an example of the power of education, shared knowledge, and community spirit. I would say thank you for leading by example, and let her know that books would be written about her efforts.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. African Skies (Paul Simon), Stormy Monday (Eva Cassidy version), Another One Bites the Dust (Queen), Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn), anything by Patty Griffin

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Scoring a winning header as a high school freshman in a varsity soccer match against our arch rivals. Because glory like that never dies. Giving birth with no pain medication is a close second.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When my husband accidentally throws away post-its that have writing ideas and manuscript notes on them.

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