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About the Author

Janet’s love affair with history began as a child when she eagerly listened to stories of her pioneer ancestors.

After earning a master’s in journalism with honors from the University of Oregon, she taught college writing and wrote freelance for newspapers. She lived and worked in San Francisco, Kalispell, Montana, and other places, including several cities in Oregon, showing a trace of the Maupin wanderlust. Her first book, A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin, portrays the story of her remarkable great-great-grandmother. Her new book, The Shifting Winds, delves into the same Oregon pioneer era.

A native Oregonian, Janet grew up on the farm Martha bought almost 150 years ago, the land featured in A Place of Her Own. Janet recently returned to Martha’s farm along the Umpqua River in southern Oregon, where she began the search for her ancestor that would lead to this book.

Besides memberships in Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Women Writing the West, and An Association of Writers, Janet also works with the writing team for the local historical pageant. When she isn’t writing or reading or tending trees on the farm, she loves to hike, garden, and travel.


Photo by Robin Loznak

The picture above shows Janet strolling across a pasture on the river bottom, with the old barn in the background. The barn was built shortly after Janet’s father, Eugene Fisher, bought the property from Martha’s son Cap in 1933. Though Janet’s line runs through Cap's sister Mary, that purchase kept the farm in the family.

Award-winning photojournalist Robin Loznak is Janet's son-in-law. He and her daughter Carisa also live on the farm with their son, Alex.

Photos below show Janet enjoying the legacy of the family farm in her early years, giving a curtsy in her overalls at about age five, riding her favorite mare, Fleet, at about fifteen.