Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Napa, California. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Other Voices, Pleiades, The Summerset Review, The Massachusetts Review and The Blue Lake Review. Nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, she has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. A collection of her short stories, SURVIVAL SKILLS, was published by Ashland Creek Press and short-listed for a Lambda Literary award. Her newest book, STRANGE COMPANY, is a collection of short nature essays and is available digitally from Amazon and other retailers.
“There are no shortcuts. Writers must stay on course, figuring out what they want to convey, putting their idea into words, then finding the right words—precise and beautiful at once. Every so often the perfect word or phrase arrives unbidden, but writing in general is hard work. If it isn’t, it probably isn’t worth much.”
To read a Q&A with the author, please follow this link to the Ashland Creek Press blog.