Janet Ference


I'm a fiction writer, novelist, and playwright. I love the worlds I can create with words. It's always a surprise to discover the lives of the people in these worlds, and I'm grateful to lose myself in the mystery of their stories.

I've started a little self-publishing company, Blue Fern Press, to post my work online. I'm having a great time writing very very short stories for twitter. I'm also publishing novel excerpts, short stories, and flash fiction on my website, http://www.bluefernpress.com.

Meanwhile, I'm in the midst of writing my third novel, Flying Through The Air With No Particular Ease. This story is drawing me into the hearts of three sisters who manage their tough lives with the aplomb of circus performers.

My second book, a choral novel called Riversbend Elegy for guns, sax, and harp, is in the revisions process. I hope to publish it this year as an e-book. Riversbend Elegy is a jazz of voices lost in private grief, public conflict, and a few blind prayers. A young soldier has died at war. This novel gives voice to his family, as they gather in his small hometown to mourn his passing. They are singular folk, and their song is often a dissonant one, but the underlying chord of custom carries a familiar American tune.

I grew up in the Midwest, raised by Southern parents. I now make my home in San Francisco with my husband, Jake, and our little mutt, Fritz. We live in a flat overlooking the bay, and I am constantly comforted by the ever-changing blues of that water.

To learn more about my work, please visit my writer’s website at: http://www.janetference.com.

Where to find Janet Ference online


Between Blinks
Price: Free! Words: 6,710. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Between Blinks is a selection of over 200 very very short stories, originally shared with twitter fans by Blue Fern Press. These quick tales are each complete and unique. With styles ranging from literary to mystical to lyrical to just plain funny, these pieces will surprise you with intriguing characters and rich storylines, all within the length of a tweet!

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  • firstwriter.com First Short Story Anthology on April 21, 2012

    These are deeply moving, artfully written stories. It must have been difficult to choose a "winner." Alexandra Fox's "Cradle Song for Isobel" is certainly a piercingly structured story, its rhythms drawing you into its devastating heart. I also loved Heather Casey's "Boogie," with its evocative imagery and compelling mysteries. I think my favorite, though, is Susan Johnson's "As the Lean Tree Burst into Grief." It's devilishly funny, told from the first person voice of a marvelously clear-eyed woman who speaks to the reader plainly of her dilemma. I wanted to have a cup of tea and a great good laugh with her. She's a wonderfully original, yet ordinary, character. I loved spending time with her. Terrific work here. Readers will want to choose their own "winners," and it won't be easy.
  • Lonesome Serenity on April 03, 2013

    This first collection of work by poet Hannah Mo is lovely. The poems show wisdom beyond her years, and they are honest, heartfelt, and moving.