Janet Sheridan is the author of "A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns." She will have a book signing and reading at 4 p.m. Saturday at Off The Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs.

Photo by Noelle Leavitt Riley

Janet Sheridan is the author of "A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns." She will have a book signing and reading at 4 p.m. Saturday at Off The Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs.

Sheridan's delightful book about small towns debuts in Steamboat Springs on Saturday

— Writing a book that’s both serious and humorous is not an easy task to master, but that’s exactly what Janet Bohart Sheridan does with her first paperback, “A Seasoned Life Lived In Small Towns: Memories, Musings and Observations.”

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

Upcoming book signings:

Steamboat Springs: 4 p.m. Saturday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

Salida: 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Book Haven

It’s not her first time being published though. She enjoyed a short stint as a columnist for The Denver Post, and she’s written a bi-monthly column for the Craig Daily Press for nearly five years.

Sheridan will have a book signing and reading at 4 p.m. Saturday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs. The event gives those who love the art of good writing and storytelling a chance to connect with a talented author.

Her book focuses on “memories, musings and observations” of small towns and draws in readers — especially those from quaint communities— with stories from Sheridan’s life as a teacher, wife, sister and daughter. She sets each scene with delicately chosen words that describe the triumphs and tribulations she’s experienced throughout her life.

The book is a compilation of her columns, yet Sheridan does have unpublished memoirs sprinkled throughout her manuscript. While reading the book, one thing is evident —she has a passion for words and has a gift for telling stories.

“There’s this most wonderful quote that made me want to write a book,” Sheridan said.

“‘It’s impossible,’ said Pride. ‘It’s risky,’ said Experience. ‘It’s pointless,’ said Reason. ‘Give it a try,’ whispered the Heart” — author unknown.

Sheridan’s heart and soul went into picking the right columns for the book.

“You want your columns to live longer than the one day of being in a paper,” she said.

Readers and journalists alike have taken notice of her musings — Sheridan won two first-place awards from the Colorado Press Association for her 2013 column writing. She’s also starting to see a profit from her book, which is a gratifying accomplishment for any writer.

“It’s very easy to put myself out there in writing. It’s difficult for me verbally,” Sheridan explained. “All my life, I’ve handled different situations by writing letters instead of face to face. Although often times, those letters open up good face-to-face discussions.”

She quietly prides herself on the warmth and recognition she has received from the Craig community for her book, and Saturday, she’ll shed light on her writings with the Steamboat community.

“They are very good stories about living in small towns,” Off the Beaten Path store manager Christina Erickson said. “And that’s what Steamboat is about, we’re small-town America.”

Sheridan and her husband, Joel, live in Craig, though Sheridan has a tight connection with Steamboat. From 2002 to 2008, she worked as a consultant for every school in Steamboat Springs.

Her honesty and delightful descriptions of each character make her book a must read.

“It’s just fun. It’s neat, and I can relate because I grew up in Steamboat,” Erickson said.

Her book can be purchased at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat or at Downtown Books in Craig.

Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@craigdailypress.com.

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