Curiosity fuels Jeanne Gehret in her role as a historical novelist. Perhaps that’s because she began her writing career as a as a freelancer specializing in education, the humanities, and profiles of notable people. Every time she began a story, she made sure to answer all the important questions: “Who, what, when, where, and why?”

In 1988, her feature article on dyslexia touched a nerve in American parents that resulted in a viral response. This motivated her to write and publish her first four children’s books.

It was a heady time as speaking invitations began to pour in. Books flew out of the dining room shipping area to all parts of the English-speaking world. She advocated with compassion and insight for children who learn differently, earning this accolade:

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“Jeanne Gehret pulls the stinger and heals the sore spot.”

Three more books on neurodivergent kids resulted. Her two young children thrived.

A change of pace

Then she burned out. For a diversion to occupy her while regaining strength, she visited the Susan B. Anthony House Museum and gave tours there. Within a few months she penned the manuscript for a children’s biography of Susan. Dozens of gigs as a writer-in-residence presented themselves after she began portraying Susan in costume.

While re-enacting Susan in Kansas, Jeanne discovered Daniel and Annie Anthony. Twice she returned, both to visit cousins and soak in the sights where her characters lived and worked. Their friends, habits, and lifestyle on the Missouri River became real to her.

Other pastimes

As a devoted gardener, Jeanne has joined her husband in restoring many neglected landscapes, including a walled Japanese garden. Daily meditation gives her insight and helps to focus her ADHD brain. Several times a year you’ll find her decked out in eighteenth-century style at English country dances. She delights in shopping estate sales for things she doesn’t need, like hats.

Jeanne is a besotted grandmother. Her secret wish is that her beloved preschoolers would take over all her technical challenges. This would not only give her more time to write, but would also erase the frown lines between her eyes.

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