THE WRITER'S BLOCK RADIO SHOW
LA TALK RADIO
JULY 2, 2015
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2016 Congratulations to author Janet Squires on the Tenth Anniversary of her popular children's book The Gingerbread Cowboy!
We cannot say enough wonderful things about our friend, Janet. She has supported OutWest from the first moment we met appearing with us at the Buckaroo Book Shop at 2009's Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Shortly after, she went with us on the road greeting visitors at our booth at several outdoor events. During our July and August 2009 opening celebrations...Janet was there. She's been with us on the radio and at many outdoor events. We are honored to be counted as one of her many friends.
Janet is multi-talented. Let me tell you about The Ruthe Scarf. This scarf collection is from Janet's imagination and hand. One dear friend, Ruthe, and she like to go yarn shopping together and dreamed of the wonderful creations they would make. This friend lost her battle with cancer and all her yarns were gifted to Janet. Thinking of her friend and the hours they dreamed together, she began making The Ruthe Scarf. With every sale, 25% is donated to Cancer Research. Although her stock of Ruthe's own yarns is long gone, Janet continues creating The Ruthe Scarf.
Contributed by Janet Squires - About my writing and my life
I began my career writing short stories and nonfiction articles and I've won awards in fiction and nonfiction. I provide presentations on writing, teach workshops, and work part time as a library media specialist. I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Women Writing the West (WWW), Western Writers of America (WWA) and Western Fictioneers.
My interest in the historic West stems from the stories I heard growing up. My family pioneered their way through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona as ranchers, miners and lawmen. My favorite activity is any one that involves horses . . .
Or dogs . . . I can't remember a time when I didn't share my life with at least one. My interest in animal rescue and welfare issues made writing Monty's story an opportunity I couldn't resist. I've fostered numerous dogs in addition to the rescues that are part of my family. I've worked to raise awareness about puppy mills, bailed dogs out of shelters, bottle-fed orphaned puppies, cared for the sick and injured, assisted at births, and shed tears over abandoned or abused dogs that didn't survive in spite of heroic efforts by veterinarians. I support a variety of rescue organizations.
Just A Little Bit More!
Janet Squires began her career writing for national magazines and now authors fiction and nonfiction for readers of any age. Her children's book, The Gingerbread Cowboy, was the Arizona Governors 2007 First Grade Book - a special edition of 100,000 copies was printed and a book was given to every first grade student in the state. Her recent adult novel, Desperate Straits, has garnered outstanding reviews and was a finalist for Best Novel for the 2015 Peacemaker Award. To learn more visit her website.