A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Janie Dempsey Watts has strong roots there and in Ringgold, Georgia where she spent much of her childhood on horseback. She holds journalism degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California. In addition to her novel Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge, she has been published in newspapers and magazines. She also authored five screenplays. Her stories have been published in Christian Science Monitor, Guideposts, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and in Georgia Backroads Magazine. She is a columnist for Catoosa Life Magazine.
Janie’s current emphasis is fiction. She has just completed her own collection of short stories and her second novel, Return to Taylor’s Crossing. Two of her short stories were honored as finalist and semi-finalist by the William Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Creative Writing Contest.
After many years of living in California, Janie returned to the North Georgia to live close to the family farm and Taylor’s Ridge. When not writing, she and her husband care for three horses, a barn cat and their American bulldog, Bella.