Jan Marquart is one of our local authors. Like a rapidly growing number of the people who live and work here, she was not born here, nor did she spend most of her life here, but she is here non-the-less. Jan is our neighbor. She is a professional psychotherapist and the author of more than 10 books. Jan is also a business woman and mentor to many local authors seeking help in getting their work published and marketed. She really is Local Color.
Jan’s journey to become a writer and a healer began in New York City in the middle of a rain storm. She was around ten years old. The memory is as clear to her now as if it happened last night. She was looking down in awe at the blank pages of a diary her mother had just given her. Her father was in the front room watching television and eating an apple. Her very first diary entry was about a little red-headed boy she had fallen for.
That first diary sat empty in front of her, but the empty page did not intimidate Jan like it does so many of us. As she described that first experience, I got the impression that the empty page seemed to excite her like the feeling you might get when you find a new best friend – a friend that you could share your secrets with and be confident that those thoughts would remain just between you two. [Read more…]