Author Interview: Janet Alexander

*Jan is one of my friends from the Southern Indiana Writers’ Group, but we first met at a book signing at the Jeffersonville Public Library in April 2016. Aside from her first book having just been released, Jan has also contributed to some of the Southern Indiana Writer’s Group anthologies. Please feel free to check out her book and her horse hair braiding site, Swishtails.


How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Born in a big city with a love of horses, I grew up watching TV Westerns. They inspired me to write my first poem.


Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Nature/Ecology: John Muir, E.O. Wilson, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Kentucky: Barbara Kingsolver and Erik Reece

Metaphysics/Spiritual: Emmet Fox, Ernest Holmes, James Dillet Freeman


What are your greatest sources of Inspiration?

Nature and animals


What genre(s) do you write?

Memoirs and a little poetry


Do you have any current or future projects?

To keep on writing horse tales when the Spirit calls


Do you have an author website?

No, but I have a website for my custom horse hair braiding business:



Do you have any blogs?



Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)


Destinations Booksellers, New Albany, IN: 812-944-5116

Unity Village Bookstore: Kansas City, MO


Do you have any pseudonyms?



Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Trail riding and Pilates


Tell us something interesting about yourself.

People often struggled to pronounce Wolanin, my maiden name. While it may properly be written as Wō’-lan-in, I much prefer, Woah’-lan-in!


Is there anything else you would like to share?

My horse, my book’s “cover boy,” boards at a stable called the Circle C and I’m now a ©’ed writer!


Janet Alexander, At Home on a Horse in the Woods: A Memoir