“My brow furrowed, my jaw clenched, and my pacemaker threatened revolt as I sat before my pesky computer to begin the self-publishing process with Outskirts Press, a company recommended by friends and well-reviewed online. Seventy years old, I wasn’t raised with technology and didn’t use it with the ease of younger generations, who turn on and manipulate their electronic devices as casually as I used to open books. But I took a deep breath, gathered my scanty courage, entered the Outskirts Press website and began clicking in all the wrong places. I had chosen the perfect company. Again and again, my representatives rescued, comforted, and advised me–once tactfully pointing out I had overpaid, quite generously, for a service that came with my package and then promptly issuing a credit before my panic attack became full blown. Now I have my book in my hands, and it makes me smile. It is everything I hoped it would be from the attractive custom cover to the careful formatting to the back cover script, all of which caught the essence of my writing. I couldn’t be more pleased. And, thanks to the supportive people I worked with at Outskirts Press, I’m now regularly using my computer for more than word processing, basic research, and email. I’m even blogging. My grandchildren are open-mouthed with amazement.”
Busily retired, Janet Sheridan writes in a comfortable home she shares with a husband she enjoys in Craig, Colorado.
Janet Sheridan’s wry, often tender, observations on life draw the reader into the poignancy and fun of a long life spent in the rural west. In this delightful compilation, you’ll meet a variety of mostly good people, each with their own quirks: six siblings who matured in unpredictable patterns, Aunt Beulah of girth and grace, a ninth-grade student filled with forgiveness, and the author’s husband, who leaves tools and clothes in full view-so he won’t forget he has them-but hides his potato chips.
A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns is a collection of unpublished material and human-interest columns written for the Denver Post and the Craig Daily Press-all drawn from the 70 years Janet Sheridan lived as a child in Utah, an adult in Nevada, and a woman facing the reality of her advancing years in Colorado. Her work was awarded first place in Category IV humorous column writing in the Colorado Press Association’s 2010 competition and first place in both humorous and serious column writing in 2011.
“Janet Sheridan is a treasure. She’s a skilled craftsman whose sharp intellect, creativity, and precise writing-not one word is wasted-leaves a reader wanting more. Her oh-so-lovely, mellifluous prose should be savored, like this paragraph from a 2010 Colorado Voices column: My musings about children of the world and fairness ended with the shocking sight of Ruthie Miller eating toothpaste. I corrected her in a fierce whisper, smoothed my plaid dress over my knees, and wondered if the cafeteria ladies had baked cinnamon rolls for lunch…” -Barbara Ellis, Editorial Page news editor and coordinator of the Colorado Voices program, The Denver Post.
“Janet has a unique voice that meshes folksy narrative with creative storytelling. An educator by trade, her readers are fortunate she found her true calling later in life. I’m proud to be one of her biggest fans. She’s a true artist in this writing craft of ours.” -Josh Roberts, Former Editor, Craig Daily Press.