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Janet Chester Bly biography …

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I’m a city girl with a country heart. I don’t corral horses or mow my own lawn. I’m no womba woman. But I followed my husband Stephen Bly to the country to write books and minister to a small village church. When I lost him, I stayed. Here in this little western town of Winchester, Idaho, I manage Bly Books. And rake lots of Ponderosa pine needles and cones. And survive the long winter snows.

About Janet Chester Bly - Bly Books author

Credit: Ridinger’s of Lewiston, ID

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Janet Chester Bly received a B.S. degree in Literature & Languages and Fine & Performing Arts from Lewis-Clark State College. She has spoken at many retreats and luncheons on devotional, women’s issues, and family life themes. She also shares what she knows of the craft of writing at writers’ conferences, classes and seminars.

She has mentored hundreds of writing students and done manuscript critique for Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian Writer’s Guild. She has judged numerous writing contests, including for Writer’s Digest, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Guild, and My Book Therapy.

She offers a manuscript critique service: https://www.blybooks.com/manuscript-critique/

“Janet Chester Bly’s editing is honest and direct. She tightens, suggests, encourages, and teaches. The manuscript she edited for me is now pitch perfect.”  –Young Adult Fiction Author Carmen Peone, http://carmenpeone.com/

She is a member of Winchester Community Church in Idaho where she serves as Music Director.

Bly Books author Janet Chester Bly born day of WWII flag raising at Iwo Jima

Flag raising at Iwo Jima

About Janet Chester Bly’s writing:

She is working on The Trails of Reba Cahillher first solo adult novel series, contemporary western mystery with a touch of romance. Wind In The WiresBook 1 was released November 15, 2014. Set in the fictional town of Road’s End, Idaho the summer of 1991, the year that forever changed Reba’s life.

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Janet authored 15 inspirational nonfiction and fiction for Bly Books and co-authored 20 others with award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Genres cover: historical and contemporary cozy mysteries. Fiction and devotionals for kids, young adults, and homeschoolers. Family life themes for moms, couples, and grandparents.

Janet Chester Bly books include: Words To Live By For Women. Hope Lives Here. The Heart of a Runaway. Friends Forever. The Carson City Chronicles Series. The Hidden West Series.

She is contributing author to five other books. Such as, short story for What The Wind Picked Up. Short story for The Storyteller’s Collection, Tales From Home collections by Christian novelists.

I’m telling you, folks, Janet Chester Bly’s thoughts and insights are just what I’ve needed during this difficult time.” – Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies and Songbird

About Janet and her three sons. Russell, Michael, and Aaron completed the novel western author Stephen Bly began, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot. Find stories about this family life adventure on the Bly Books blog.

Janet’s father served in WWII at the Battle of the Bulge. At the Hurtgen Forest in Belgium. He was over there when she was born back in the States. On the day of her birth this famous flag raising event happened at Iw0 Jima (photo above at right):

About Janet Chester Bly’s hobbies.

She has collected Old West and country artifacts for her mountain home. Loves to read a variety of genres of fiction. Watches news channels, crime solving shows, and TV serials like Blue Bloods, Castle, Downton Abbey and Foyle’s War. She also enjoys Bourne-type adventures, western movies, inspirational family life, and British dramas. She shops for clothes on sale racks with a touch of bling. She lives in Winchester, Idaho. Elevation 4,200 feet. Population 350. Situated on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and across the street from Winchester Lake State Park.

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Author Janet Chester Bly video about Janet “Getting The Call To Write”:


Award-winning western author Stephen Bly’s last novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot . . .

About Janet Chester Bly’s Living Joyfully Free radio interview with Lisa Buffaloe … Finishing her late-husband’s novel was a family adventure. Can a committee write fiction? Janet and her three sons had the passion and four months to find out.

About Janet Chester Bly interview with Scott McCausey, host of Speak Up! radio show, on the process of completing Stephen Bly’s novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot:

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