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Janet Marlene Henderson

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Who are my favorite writers? I’ve enjoyed the work of Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, John Grisham, Alice Walker and many others. Anything suspenseful, with a hint of romance and not too much violence or gore, will appeal to me if the plot is good.

Why do I write?  It’s fun to create characters and give them things to do.

When did I start writing? I started writing in grammar school. I was the student who was asked to take names when the teacher left the classroom. No matter what class or what grade, I was always accused of being the best writer and the best speller in the class.

When did I know that I enjoyed it? I won an award in a creative arts and writing fair when I was in the sixth grade. In high school I wrote short plays and skits that were acted out by my classmates as part of a classroom project. We all got A’s and B’s!

When did I decide to write a novel? I always planned to do it. It just took me a while to get to it. I wrote poems and short stories first. My first novel Lunch With Cassie (2005) is about a preacher’s daughter-in-law who commits adultery with a billionaire when her marriage hits the skids. My second novel The Assassin Who Loved Her (2008) is about a journalist who falls in love with identical twins while she is being stalked and harassed by a serial killer she once wrote about. My third novel Jackie and the Preacher (2009) is about a former lady-of-the-night, with a treacherous agenda, who tries to reform when she falls for a man of God.

Why do I like the genre of romance? Like many women, romance played an important role in my life when I was very young. Changing boyfriends frequently and falling in and out of love were bittersweet experiences. Even after being divorced and surviving over a dozen broken engagements, I still believe in the power of love. There is no greater force on earth. George Sand stated, “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”

Favorite quotes about books:
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.  Frances Bacon, Essays.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles W. Eliot, The Durable Satisfactions of Life.

My own quote about books: Good books are like good friends. They stay with you for the rest of your life, and they never let you down.

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