Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and twenty-fifth, is of mystery novelist, poet and short story author Jeanne Meeks. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Jeanne Meeks began backpacking in 2005 and hiked across the Grand Canyon before writing Rim to Rim, an adventure novel with a twist of mystery and romance. A second mystery, Wolf Pack, set on Isle Royale, MI is in the editing stages. Future novels in this Backcountry Mystery series will be set in the Wind River Range, WY and in other wild places she plans to explore. Jeanne was an Outdoor Trainer for the Girl Scouts and a leader for twelve years. Her goal is to inspire young girls and older women to get out and enjoy nature.
In the 1990s Jeanne was committed to poetry, belonged to Poets and Other Writers, and gave poetry performances as part of that group. Her work appeared in several anthologies. She also self-published a book of poetry, My Sister’s Quilt. She now regularly writes human-interest articles for Schoolhouse Life news magazine. She loves attending writers conventions, especially Love Is Murder in Chicago, to learn the craft of writing in the mystery genre.
Jeanne’s short story, Eternally Yours, was published in 2013 by HK Books in the UK in The Other Side-An Anthology of Fiction Talent. She recently won first place in a Midlife Collage contest with a slice-of-life short story, A Kind Word. Her novel, Rim to Rim-Death in the Grand Canyon, and two short stories are available in e-book format on Amazon for Kindle.
After twenty-eight years in business, Jeanne and her husband sold their security surveillance company. Jeanne was recognized by the Illinois governor as the Small-Business Person of the Year. She is the Tax Collector for New Lenox Township and has been the President of the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce, on the board of a local bank, and on Silver Cross Hospital’s Community Trustee Board.
Jeanne now writes full-time and belongs to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and writers’ groups in Illinois and Florida. She reads extensively, edits for other authors, and writes a blog at www.jeannemeeks.com about Learning to Write and other things she loves.
When not writing, Jeanne backpacks, kayaks, entertains the grandchildren, volunteers with the local historical society, and plays tennis or golf. She lives with her husband of forty-four years on Florida’s gulf coast and in a suburb of Chicago.
And now from the author herself:
I got hooked on writing when my fourth-grade essay, The Meaning of Courtesy, won a contest. I loved the attention, though the trip to the principal’s office to receive the prize scared me to death. My college essays still give me a thrill. Later, while I worked full-time in our family business, I satisfied my craving to write with the most finely crafted business letters you’d ever find.
On the side, I wrote poetry, but vowed one day to write a book. Ten-chapters of a non-fiction, how-to-survive-the-family-business book now sit in a box somewhere. Once we sold the business, I had the time to write, but didn’t.
During a trip to the Grand Canyon in 2005, rumors made their way down the trails that a four-year-old girl had fallen from the rim to her death. It broke my heart. I needed to write something, to speak from my heart, but I could not write that story. Instead, I wrote a fictional mystery adventure set in the canyon and killed off a few bad guys. My sorrow for that little girl and her family is in there – in between the lines.
Now I write everyday. What started off as a lonely pursuit with a pen and a spiral notebook, blossomed like wildflowers in a summer field. I’m intimately familiar with my laptop computer. I have a website, a Facebook page, and accounts on Goodreads, Linkedin, Pinterest, istock, etc. etc. I know how to format for Kindle from a Mac. I can hyper-link, download, and bookmark. Other authors seek me out to critique their stories. I’ve met dozens of authors with books on the New York Times bestsellers list. I even printed business cards that say, “Author,” and have begun to feel that I am an honest-to-goodness author.
With story ideas spinning in my head, there is suddenly too little time. My bucket list keeps refilling, and I’m having a wonderful life.
- Blog: www.jeannemeeks.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JeanneMeeksAuthor
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jeannemeeks
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