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I love getting lost in the writing of a story. That's when I'm truly in my element. Most of my stories are inspired by a true life event, though I take great liberties inventing the details. I like writing poetry, too, but I seem to only be inspired when I'm at the extremes of darkness or hilarity. I placed second in Mainstream Short Story in the Southwest Writers' Contest a few years ago. That was gratifying. My bucket list says that I'll finish my PhD in Creative Writing one of these days. I have a Masters in Education from the University of Washington. Teaching is also my passion, and I did that K-12 for thirty years. Now I substitute, garden, read, write, walk, and snowshoe. I have a little office where I sit at my computer to write. The window above my desk looks out onto my park-like backyard where I watch a great assortment of birds enjoying the birdbath. I'm the third member of a small writing group. We get together once a week, and I'd encourage anyone who wants to write to form their own group of compatible writing companions. Once you get comfortable with each other, the critiquing is most valuable. I'm determined to be a successfully published author someday soon, though I don't aspire to fame. Having others enjoy my stories and reap some financial rewards for the work is more my goal. Fame comes at too high a price, and I'm a rather solitary person. I hope you enjoy my stories.

Story: The Ruby Necklace

Reviews

loretta Engelhardt

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I came to the end and reread this story. It feels like the beginning of more. Thank you, Janet

Montrose friend

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Entertaining story! Had both joy and sadness in it.

MichelleB

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Great imagery. Thought provoking insights to family secrets and how a single event can be perceived so differently. Well done. I very much enjoyed the read.

Judi

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Great story, Janet. Enough intrigue to keep the reader guessing. Relatable characterization and a good solid ending. You nailed it!

Tomsmom

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Wow! Vivid imagery in every sentence. I wish this was the first chapter of a novel. After reading this masterpiece I was brought to tears thinking about my own sister and mother and how our own lives intertwine. Amazing writing!

Robbyn

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A sweet story of a woman's unfolding understanding of the subtle lives of her parents, lives that are so difficult to grasp through the murky and innocent lens of childhood that can sometimes last a lifetime.

RBrittain

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Story is unpredictable and has lots of angles. Nice that the reader could fill in the blanks, etc. Great job.

Johnny Tidwell

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I liked the story content with the UN-answered details. That enhanced the story for me. Who was the lady and what history did she and the dad have. Was she the high school sweetheart, or was she something else. At any rate it gave my imagination more room to help paint the word picture that made the story grow for some great reading. Keep up the good work.

beth.a.fleming

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Well crafted story told with dignity.

Kim M

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Great story, great author ... I want more!!

Mona Sue

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Every family has its secrets, and inevitably these secrets come out, wreaking all kinds of havoc. Janet weaves yet another tale of betrayal and, can we go so far as to say, redemption? I believe that comes through the actual telling--the words--that are direct, unsparing, and freeing.

Katrina

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What an incredible story...it draws you in because it is more applicable to our lives than we realize! This story definitely leaves you wanting more! You are America's next Author! So proud of you and love you!

hagar

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Really a terrific story with applicability to real life. A very well woven tale.

Trisha

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Well, that was an emotional read. Extremely descriptive and interesting. It evoked great empathy. You are an excellent writer. If America's Next Author doesn't select you. . .Jump on over to America's Got Talent because you will win!

RJDST

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What a nifty, surprise ending! This story presented a lovely, winding trip down memory lane, for me at least. But I surely didn't see the end coming. A lovely twist. Brava!

Erin B.

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This is truly a work of art. It would be a travesty if your story failed to reach a broader audience. Hope to read more stories from you in the future.

Kristy R.

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I found this to be an entertaining read through and through. You have a gift...keep working and pushing and you will realized your dream of becoming a published author!

Prof

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Brilliant. A rare and poignant crafting of reality that forces the reader to discover the message and grow in it. Go figure!

sharky91

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I love the creativity of this story. It is eloquent.

R. L. Fisher

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This is a great read! It is clear the author has a great understanding and passion for writing. I loved her ability to paint pictures with words that easily transported you in to the story and share the feelings of each character. I definitely want to see and read more from this imaginative author.

rita j b

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What an entertaining, well-written story! This type of writing/reading leaves one wanting more from this gifted author.

John T.

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Good Read. Good luck in this competition.

Eloise

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I really enjoyed this short story. I kind of thought the lady in the store was conected with Margie but it still kept my interest until the end...did not want it to end!!! Good job...good luck...Eloise Homan

Tonya C.

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Great way to pull me in with your abstract. I wasn't disappointed! I could have read on! Anxiously awaiting your next masterpiece.

YourFav

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Wonderful story! I enjoyed it as much as I did the book To Kill A Mockingbird. You have a real gift.

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