JANIE DEMPSEY WATTS
A native of Tennessee, Janie Dempsey Watts moved to California for college to study journalism at Berkeley and stayed on in The Golden State for 30 years. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but in her case it led to a writing career. She enjoys writing fiction, and sees this peculiar occupation as a chance to bring order to a chaotic world, and of course as a good reason to eavesdrop in order to write accurate dialogue. In addition to her short story collection, Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers, Janie wrote two novels, Moon Over Taylor's Ridge, and Return to Taylor's Crossing, both set in the South.
She has had a lifelong love affair with horses, and in fact returned to north Georgia to live near the family farm, so she could once again be a happy horse owner. She hopes you will buy her books and write glowing reviews. And for her part, she promises to use her royalties to buy oats for the horses and food for herself, thereby fueling her imagination to run wild and free.