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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. The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher is her first novel.
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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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Any of the baddies from Grimm's fairy tales.

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

A. I'd like to be a professional ballerina to see what it's like to dance and move gracefully. Or a trapeze artist, because it looks awesome.

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