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J. R. Nakken’s other interests are card playing and gardening, but her passion is writing. “Someone said, ‘If you wake up and have to think about what you are going to write that day, you are a writer,’” she says, “and I did that for forty years.” A retired accountant, her writing heroes along the way were Ayn Rand, Robert Heinlein, and John D. McDonald. Her first novel, Three-Point Shot, written for young adults, won a Writer’s Digest award in 2004, and she delights in speaking to youth who are using the book in their classrooms. Her second book, Stream and Light: A Woman’s Journey, contains memoir pieces written and stashed away over a 25-year period. Her most recent novel, Sweet Grass Season, is a multicultural love story. Ms. Nakken currently resides in what she describes as “God’s Country,” on the Tulalip Indian Reservation north of Seattle, with her soul mate, Dale, and an assortment of eccentric felines.