Welcome to JanBonoBooks.com
NEWSFLASH: “Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey” was released on August 29, 2014, and is available on this website as well as at the numerous events and bazaars I’ll be attending this fall. You can also find it as an eBook at Smashwords.com
MY WRITING HISTORY: After concluding a 30-year stint as a classroom teacher, I “left the institution” in 2006, and am now charging full-throttle into my second career, and love: Writing!
I’ve had stories published in Guidepost, Woman’s World, Byline and Star, to name a few. I wrote a humorous personal experience newspaper column for over 10 years, gleaning 11 state awards. My first book, “Through My Looking Glass, The View from the Beach,” is a collection of those WNPA award-winning columns.
“Just Joshin’, A Year in the Life of a Not-so-ordinary 4th Grade Kid,” is a lighthearted collection of 63 classroom anecdotes. Deciding to self-publish “Just Joshin’,” I created my own company, Sandridge Publications, in 2009. In 2011, I published a holiday collection of 47 stories and the scripts from three one act plays entitled “It’s Christmas!”
One-act plays caught my attention in 2008, and I wrote the first and second place winners for the Willapa Players’ contest in Raymond, Washington that year. To date, I have 12 one-act plays and a dinner theater play that have all “seen the boards.”
I’m a frequent contributor the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, and 28 stories in the past 4 1/2 years have been accepted. I have written two poetry chapbooks. The two chapbooks and three story collections are also available as an eBook at Smashwords.com.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: The first two mystery novels of my “Cozy Series,” are now finished and I am busily working on the third. All three will be published in 2015. The series takes place on the southwest Washington Coast.
I teach writing to adults who’ve always wanted to write, and I’m available to do a variety of hands-on workshops and/or speaking engagements for any size group. I also do individual editing, critique, and writing coaching.
Humorous personal observations, life coaching tips, Law of Attraction stories, and many other entertaining things that catch my attention appear in my blog, posted 10 to 15 times a month since January, 2009. (See Link at top of right hand sidebar.)
Thanks for checking out my books, CDs, plays and blog. Materials ordered through this website are mailed promptly, usually within just a few days.