Janna McMahan's fourth novel, ANONYMITY, will be released by Koehler Books on the first day of 2013. Set in Austin, ANONYMITY is the story of homeless young people who live life on the edge when all they really want is a safe place to call home. While this is an adult novel, mature young adult readers will enjoy the realistic portrayal of life on the streets.
Janna McMahan's debut novel, CALLING HOME, received high praise from critics and readers alike for lively, well-developed characters, action-packed plot and detailed descriptions of Kentucky's landscape and culture. CALLING HOME has been translated into Turkish.
Her second novel, THE OCEAN INSIDE, set along South Carolina's coastal islands, was nominated as book of the year by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. The Myrtle Beach Sun News wrote, "You'd never know she's not a native."
Janna's first novella, DECORATIONS, was part of a holiday anthology entitled SNOW ANGELS. SNOW ANGELS was a Book-of-the-Month club pick and named to the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and the New York Times Book Review.
Janna has won numerous creative writing awards including being named a finalist for The Flannery O'Connor Fiction Award. Her short stories have been published online and in journals and magazines such as Wind, Limestone, Yamassee, The Nantahala Review, Arts Across Kentucky and Alimentum. Janna has also published many dozen personal essays and articles on visual and literary art. Her non-fiction has appeared in Skirt!, MAMM, Cure, Appalachian Journal, South Carolina Wildlife, Charleston and The New Southerner. Her essay, "A Name You Can Yell" was included in the anthology Literary Dogs and their South Carolina Writers from Hub City Press. Her essay, "My Prince of Tides: Or How I Stalked Pat Conroy" will be included in the forthcoming anthology The Limelight from Muddy Ford Press.
Janna has appeared at various literary events including the Southern Literary Festival in Charleston, the Decatur Book Festival and the Southern Kentucky Book Festival. She has also spoken at the request of numerous academic institutions including Coastal Carolina University, the Orlando Library Systems, Campbellsville University and the University of South Carolina.
Janna earned a BA and MA in mass communications from the University of Kentucky and the University of South Carolina, respectively. She lives in the Palmetto State with her husband and their daughter.
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