Jane V. Blanchard


Jane V. Blanchard, adventurer, author, and public speaker, was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She lived in Hampstead, New Hampshire, twenty-three years before moving to Sarasota, Florida, where she now resides. In Florida, Jane became active in several organizations benefiting women and hosted a weekly radio talk show, Women Matters.

Jane loves the outdoors. She climbed her first mountain, Mount Washington, in 1974. Since that initial ascent, Jane has climbed twenty of the forty 4,000-foot mountains in New England. She started mountain bike racing at age 50; in 2002, she won second place in the Masters Division EFTA Championship Series.

In September and October 2011, Jane, now a sexagenarian, hiked the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. As she walked, she talked with women from different nations. The book, Women of the Way, weaves these conversations with Jane's journey.

When Jane married in 1974, her husband, Dennis and she joked about creating a lifetime of memories to chat about when sitting in theirs rockers in old age. At 64 years old, Jane is still creating memories, experiencing life as fully as possible, and looking forward to a long future.

Jane's blog, My Musings, aims to provide strategies and support for the indie author.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very parochial French-Canadian working class neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut. Most factories closed for vacation the first two weeks of August; during this shutdown my parents would take us to Lewiston, Maine to visit my grandparents and take day trips to ponds and sights of interest. As a result, I developed a wanderlust, always happiest when exploring.

Since I did not speak English until I went to kindergarten, I developed an ease for learning languages and for communicating with others who did not speak my language. Years later, this ability proved invaluable as I traveled. Going to new places is so much more fun when I can speak with the locals, learn their customs, and, if lucky, share meals with them. To me, this human contact is the best part of traveling.

In my book "Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino," I incorporate the conversations I had in various languages with women from around the world with my adventures on the Camino de Santiago.
When did you first start writing?
As a child, I would write "plays," which the neighborhood kids would put on for the parents. In my junior year in high school, my English teacher recognized my ability for writing and suggested that I develop my writing skills. At the time, becoming a writer was not a personal goal. In retrospect, I wish I had heeded her advice.

Writing has always been part of something I do. Newsletters, radio programs, letters to the editor, work instructions, and technical publications preceded my first book.
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Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 80,190. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks
Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino is a story of hiking the Camino de Santiago. Come along with the author on this incredible 500 mile journey across northern Spain. Meet women from different nations. Discover why they chose to undertake this arduous adventure, what they learned, and why they would do it again.

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