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Janet Beard

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Knoxville, TN, The United States
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Born and raised in East Tennessee, Janet Beard moved to New York to study screenwriting at NYU and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her first novel, Beneath the Pines, was published in 2008, and her follow-up, The Atomic City Girls became an international bestseller in 2018. Janet's latest novel The Ballad of Laurel Springs is forthcoming in October 2021. Janet has lived and worked in Australia, England, Boston, and Columbus, Ohio, where she is currently raising a daughter, and working on a new novel. ...more

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I'm so sorry to have missed this question when you first posted it! Thank you reaching out, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

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Hi Julie,

I'm so sorry to have missed this question when you first posted it! Thank you reaching out, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

I had a different title for the book, but my publisher thought 'The Atomic City Girls' would attract more readers. I agree with you that it is not a perfect reflection of the book. But titles are complicated, and ultimately, publishers view them as marketing tools. And I am grateful that this title did appeal to readers.

Big apologies again for taking so long to get to your question!

All the best, and happy reading-

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Janet Beard Try to take a break from writing and come back to it later. Go for a walk, read a book, or even just sleep on it!
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The Atomic City Girls

3.52 avg rating — 18,032 ratings — published 2018 — 10 editions
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The Ballad of Laurel Springs

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Welcome to my Goodreads page! I'm thrilled that The Atomic City Girls is coming out this February and can't wait to share it with you.
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“You’re the most beautiful woman I know.” “I know that ain’t true. But I like to hear you say it.”
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