Pen It! Magazine’s next featured author will be Janis Boyd, who worked as a teacher for over thirty-nine years at Scipio Elementary School. Her book, You Even Make My Dog Smile: A Teacher Remembers, reflects on her days as a mentor and educator. Janis was also featured in the North Vernon Sun, which printed an article about her and her material.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I taught elementary school for many years and collected stories along the way. I had no plans to write a book until I started putting the memories together after I retired.
Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
At school, I had favorite authors that I read to my class such as Mark Twain, Gary Paulsen, Judy Blume, Dr. Seuss, and many others. When I was younger and better at multitasking, I would read all the best sellers as soon as they came out.
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
My source of inspiration was the sweet, funny people that I met at Scipio Elementary School. This includes students, parents, and staff.
Do you have any current or future projects?
I definitely have no current project and probably no future ones.
Do you have an author website?
I don’t have an author website or blog. I wouldn’t mind having a website, but I’m pretty needy when it comes to computer skills.
Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
The name of my book is You Even Make My Dog Smile: A Teacher Remembers and is realistic fiction, I guess. There is much truth in the book, but it is enhanced and disguised.
Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
Gardening keeps me busy in the warm months. I spend lots of time planting and weeding. I also enjoy travelling and playing cards.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I work part time at the county treasurer, auditor, and assessor’s offices. I also volunteer at the Park Theatre in North Vernon. This is a renovated theatre that has movies and live shows and plays. It is run completely by volunteers and is a wonderful place.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I have one son who lives in Indianapolis. He is a video producer who has won 3 Emmys for documentaries that he has produced.