Jane's Open Road

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JANE SMILEY

Novelist
A Thousand Acres

“You stand a much better chance of being successful at something you really want to do than something you're only doing reluctantly.”

INTERESTS:

Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Determination Experience Fear Individualism Simplicity Success

TAGS:

challenge, humiliation

BIOGRAPHY:

In the windy green hills of Carmel, Calif., is author Jane Smiley's home. While she looks comfortable in her modest two-story house, as a graduate student at Iowa State University, she lived a different life. Jane obtained a double degree in creative writing and Medieval English Literature in 1978, and a focused Jane worked hard to achieve her goals. While she had to live a less than glamorous life to gain respect in the literary world, she feels hard work isn't degrading if it's in pursuit of a goal. She also believes that challenge in the workplace leads to a greater drive. Jane feels that following inner passion is essential to happiness.

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