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Name: Daugharty, Janice (1944-)

Historical Note:

Janice Daugharty was born in 1944 outside of Valdosta, and has lived almost all of her life in Echols county, Georgia.  Prior to her writing career, she was a farm wife and at-home mother.  It is from her rural background, from her observations of small town life, of parents and children, of blacks and whites, that her fiction springs.  She began attending Valdosta State College at 38 (in 1982 or 1983) where she quickly began taking English classes.  Her early literature papers show a thorough grounding in American and Southern Literature.  Then followed ten years of "rejection slips" as she churned out  over 19 novels and dozens of short stories.  Her work caught the eye of Joyce Carol Oates, and some of her stories were published in the Ontario press.  In 1994 she finally broke into print with Going Through the Change, a collection of short stories,  and her first published novel, Dark of the Moon.

She followed with Necessary Lies, 1995, Paw Paw Patch in 1996,  Earl in the Yellow Shirt in 1997, Whistle in 1998, Like a Sister in 1999.  She has also published numerous short stories, newspaper articles, essays, and has been interviewed repeatedly in all forms of media.  She is currently working on different versions of three novels, experimenting with a blend of fiction and history.

Note Author: Shirley Schoening Scheuler and Deborah S. Davis

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