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Why I wrote my novel JANEOLOGY

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Karen | 1 comments I wrote this book in the five year period between the death of my mother and the birth of my first child. I found myself thinking about my mother and then looking at her granddaughter playing on the floor - and wondering - how much of her is in my daughter? How much did I pass on to her? So I began thinking about a character from the perspective of her genealogy.

I went to my genealogy software program and toyed around with making a pedigree chart for one character. In the end, that chart became my novel outline, as I followed each different ancestor until they told me their individual story. Turn out, there were a lot of family secrets in there that had a domino effect down the gene pool.

If you want to see the pedigree chart and the family photos that inspired some of the writing, go to

I really recommend fleshing out a character's genealogy this way. A lot of writing books say you must know the kind of toothpaste or color preference of a character. But knowing those things isn't as important as knowing why she made those choices - and much of this is from nature and nurture.


Karen Harrington

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Beth (bethfehlbaum) | 11 comments Karen, that is fascinating. I cannot wait for my copy of Janeology to arrive!
Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse

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