University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Jan M. Martin

Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authors - not so much for husbands. She wrote for a local newspaper at age 11. Her research as a nutritionist inspired an unusual murder weapon for "Heir of Deceit." Her favorite writing moment was meeting famous moonshiner, Popcorn Sutton during research for "Heir of Deceit."She has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Black Friday, Eskimo Pies and her messy kitchen. Some are included in her humor book, "My Word, That’s Absurd!" along with her prize-winning children’s story, "Miss Mousie and Mrs. McGreggor’s Closet."

Jan’s sense of humor could classify her as eccentric, but she prefers the terms, “crazy,” “silly” and “quirky.” She is the author of two novels, "Heir of Deceit" and "Impressions of Innocence" and a short nonfiction humor book, "My Word, That’s Absurd!"

She loves cactus flowers, road runners, horned toads (and people). She enjoys cooking, teaching and learning. She and her husband are the parents of six children. Jan has worked for her high school and college journalism departments, as a case worker, tobacco prevention coordinator and nutritionist. She also has taught religion classes to high school students for more than 31 years.

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Scheduled events:
Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction
Author Pavilion - Adult Fiction (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Authors: Nikki Broadwell, Elaine Gonzales, Kathryn Lane, Jonathan Lazar, Jan Martin, Sharon Miller, Nancy Nation, Christopher Patterson, Deb Sanders, Thomas Savage, Judith Smith, Mike Struck

My Word, That's Absurd!
Humor / Comedy
May 2016
ISBN 9781532931574
Paperback, 102 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

How would you notify others not to post flyers on utility poles? By posting a flyer on the utility pole, of course. More/less

Heir of Deceit
Mystery / Thrillers
September 2014
ISBN 9781500865825
Paperback, 272 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

On the eve of her wedding, Lacey Roberts uncovers a problem too large for love to conquer: a killer gene running through her family's bloodline, which could put her fiancé, Evanston (Evs) Brighton, in danger. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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