Craig columnist Sheridan comes out with book of her work

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Janet Sheridan's book cover for "A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns: Memories, Musings and Observations."

One of Craig’s best writers has pieced through her extensive catalogue of work and put the best of it into one collection.

Janet Sheridan, whose columns have appeared in the Craig Daily Press the past few years, recently finished self-publishing her first book, titled "A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns: Memories, Musings and Observations".

The book is a compilation of some of Sheridan’s best work from her columns in the CDP and The Denver Post, along with unpublished additional material that will more than sate the appetite of fans looking for new Sheridan content.

“I arrived at the idea gradually,” Sheridan said about putting the book together. “Columns live very briefly. They flare brightly in a newspaper but then they’re gone. So I thought if people could have a book of my writing that they are able to pick up and enjoy when they want, that would be my goal.”

Sheridan said the book is broken up, focusing on the four seasons, with the overlying narrative being the quirky and interesting stories and characters from her life lived in rural small towns in Utah, Nevada and Colorado.

“All together, it tells the story of my life, as well as thoughts I’ve had on certain things or people I’ve met,” she said.

The book is available now locally and nationally at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Downtown Books, Colorado Northwestern Community College, the Little Snake River Museum and major online retailer Amazon. Sheridan will do a reading and signing at Downtown Books from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and another at the Museum of Northwest Colorado from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

Highlighting local artists and authors always is something Downtown Books owner Terry Carwile likes to do, but bringing in Sheridan feels extra special.

“We really like the local work,” Carwile said. “This is especially significant for this store because Carol Jacobson, my late wife and the former owner, Janet was her student. And Carol was one of the people who encouraged her to write.”

It doesn’t hurt that Sheridan is an excellent, relatable writer, either.

“She’s an extraordinarily talented writer,” Carwile said. “And all her stories, everybody can connect with on some level.”

Many writers’ first foray into a full-fledged book is marked by high stress, but Sheridan said her process was enjoyable. The act of writing and compiling her book was fun, while learning some of the new technologies involved with publishing wasn’t.

“The actual act of composing is a wonderful experience,” she said. “I love writing and that has never been stressful for me. The only part that was a little bit stressful, was working with an independent self-publisher, it’s all done with technology. I wasn’t raised with technology.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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