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Featured Author - J.A. Jance
Posted by Read2001 on July 25, 2010
Judith Ann (J. A.) Jance (born October 27, 1944) is an award-winning American author of mystery and horror novels. She writes at least three series of novels, centering on retired Seattle Police Department officer J. P. Beaumont, Arizona small-town sheriff Joanna Brady, and Ali Reynolds. The Beaumont and Brady series intersect in the novel Partner in Crime, which is both the 16th Beaumont mystery and the 10th Brady mystery.
Jance was born in South Dakota and raised in Bisbee, Arizona (the setting for her Joanna Brady series of novels). She is a graduate of the University of Arizona.
Before becoming an author, she worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, as a teacher, and selling insurance.
My ambitions to become a writer were frustrated in college and later, first because the professor who taught creative writing at the University of Arizona in those days thought girls "ought to be teachers or nurses" rather than writers. After he refused me admission to the program, I did the next best thing: I married a man who was allowed in the program that was closed to me. My first husband imitated Faulkner and Hemingway primarily by drinking too much and writing too little. Despite the fact that he was allowed in the creative writing program, he never had anything published either prior to or after his death from chronic alcoholism at age forty-two. That didn’t keep him from telling me, however, that there would be only one writer in our family, and he was it.
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Detective Beaumont and Sheriff Joanna Brady are my two favorite characters in her books.
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