About Me

Janice Airhart

Selected publishing credits:

The Broadmoor,” One Woman’s Day website, October 19, 2020

“Ruby,” Real Women Write, Dec. 2019 (Story Circle Network Anthology)

“Keep Current With a Journal Club,” The Science Teacher, Jan. 2017

“A Servant Story,” Lutheran Woman Today, July/Aug. 1998

“Guyana: Land of Many Waters,” New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and their Dreams, Jan./Feb. 1997

Memberships:

Story Circle Network

National Association of Memoir Writers

Organizations I Support:

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Round Rock Area Serving Center

Education Connection

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Central Texas

I also contribute to a blog about life during the Covid-19 pandemic. Check it out at: Wise Women Write.

No experience is wasted, unless you fail to learn from it.

I’ve been a scientist, a writer and editor, a teacher, a mentor, a memoirist, and a community volunteer in a number of capacities, and in three different states. I’d like to think none of those experiences has been wasted. Most notably, the lessons I’ve learned make their way into my writing. My memoir, Mother of My Invention: Your Genes Don’t Tell the Whole Story, describes my life as a daughter made motherless by mental illness and the institutionalization that spanned the time shortly after my birth to my mother’s death 13 years later in 1966. I discovered in the process of seeking (inventing) the mother I’d lost that I’d instead gained valuable assets in the form of people and experiences that shaped my identity.

I’m innately curious about the world around me, and both science and writing are great careers for the curious. I spent twenty-five years in several clinical and medical research laboratories, satisfying my curiosity about human disease and DNA science before completing my master’s degree in journalism. I went on to publish several articles and write a couple of novel manuscripts, while editing publications for the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences at the University of Tulsa. From there, I entered the classroom as a teacher of science (high school), technology (adult educators), and English (high school and college). I also spent a couple of years promoting biotechnology and other science programs to college students. My curiosity has led me down some truly fascinating roads!

Meanwhile, I’ve been an active volunteer for many years in programs that advocate for mentally ill adults, abused or neglected children, promote literacy, and improve the well-being of those living with poverty and/or homelessness. I currently reside with my husband in Leander, Texas, just north of Austin.

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