Janet Madden

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Janet Madden comes from Santa Monica, California.

How long have you been writing?  Since childhood.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?  My PhD dissertation and my rabbinic thesis.

What projects of yours have been recently published? Poetry and essays; many of the essays have to do with end of life issues.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? A collection of prose poems inspired by weekly Torah readings.

Where can we find your work? These days, via an internet search.

How do you react to rejections? Initially, of course, disappointment–but then I accept the opportunity to do better and I begin revising. Truly, rejections make me a better writer.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? I’m pleased that what I’ve written is meaningful to someone else.

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Embrace life and get outside.

What is your favorite book? Genesis (the first book of the Torah).

Who is your favorite author? Avivah Zornberg.

If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure (the protagonist of Sarah Grand’s The Beth Book)–she is a self-proclaimed “Woman of Genius” and I love her spirit.

What makes you laugh? Children under the age of 6.

What makes you cry? Experiences of great beauty.

What is your preferred drink while you write? Irish breakfast tea.

What is your favorite food?  Chocolate.

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Oh, Shakespeare! No contest…

You can easily read her selected works here!