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I wrote before I could read...

As a toddler, I'd fill page after page with loops, swirls, and scrawls designed to look like my mother's artful cursive. Then I'd present her with the pile and explain that though I'd written a story, I needed her to read it to me. When I objected to her details (often having to do with messy little girls who didn't clean their bedrooms) she countered that if I wanted to control the story, I would have to learn to read, too.

And so I became an avid reader and eventually a writer. And then came the shock: I still don't control the story. The characters control the story. Who knew?


An interview with Genevive Chamblee from her website. As with Hart St. Martin's interview, I loved the questions. And I did plant okra last year and enjoyed eating it! (This year, the weeds took over most of the vegetable garden.)

Check out D. Hart St. Martin's interview of me on her website.

HEAVEN, INDIANA Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018!

EARTH AS IT IS named Award-Winner in the LGBTQ category of the 2018 American Fiction Awards!

Bill Newman interviewed me about Earth As It Is. Includes my reading of Chapter 1.

Earth As It is named as finalist in LGBT category for a Foreword Indie Award

Heaven, Indiana gets a star from Kirkus Reviews

To read the review, click on the link below.

Earth As It Is named by Kirkus as one of the best Indie books of 2017

"Transportive" - Publishers Weekly

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August 2, 2017
So quickly was I drawn into the characters of Jan Maher’s “Earth As It Is,” that I literally read the novel in a day, ignoring completely tasks that I had intended to accomplish. Maher’s understated style of character development revealed a rich understanding of her characters and their decisions. - Kim Norton (click link below to read more)
Greenfield novelist Jan Maher was born in Indiana and lived there until she was sixteen. She drew on her memories of her Midwestern landscapes and people to create her fictional town of Heaven where her latest novel, “Earth As It Is,” is set. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo