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January Jones welcome Jan Martin, author My Word That's Absurd! Heir of Deceit

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Jan M. Martin gained notoriety when she was featured on the front page of the NOGALES INTERNATIONAL newspaper for winning a national contest {and $1600.00} with her comedic poem about her messy kitchen. She still is fond of writing slapstick poetry on diverse topics such as Black Friday, Mother's Day, and her kitchen timer, some of which can be seen by clicking on "Writings" in the menu above.

She was employed at Mariposa Community Health Center as a Nutrition Educator and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator until her retirement. She also has been teaching religious education to high school students for the past 30 years. Her extensive nutrition research led to her devising a . . . um . . . highly unusual murder weapon for HEIR OF DECEIT.

Jan and her husband researched in North Carolina for HEIR OF DECEIT, where they met with local people, including famous moonshiner, the late Popcorn Sutton, whom she features briefly in her book. They visited the ancient Cherokee homeland, where they learned of the Cherokee culture, and a wealth of local traditions, folklore and ghost stories. Each place and tradition—even the ghosts--used in HEIR OF DECEIT are as genuine as she could craft them. 

Every experience in North Carolina enriched HEIR OF DECEIT, and especially affected a major character, Tsali, the Cherokee firefighter, and his legendary ancestor by the same name.

Jan M. Martin has been writing since age 11 when she wrote 4-H reports for her local newspaper. She has won several national contests with her comedic poems about Eskimo Pies, fishing, weight loss, and other comedy. Some of these now appear in her short, 100-page humor book, MY WORD, THAT'S ABSURD.