Janna Cawrse Esarey

Janna Cawrse Esarey was a 2008 Jack Straw Writing Fellow. Her work appears in travel anthologies and sailing magazines, including Sail and Cruising World. She also writes “Happily Even After,” a relationship blog for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Janna lives in Seattle overlooking her friend and nemesis, the sailboat Dragonfly. Visit her at www.byjanna.com.

Books by this Author

The Motion of the Ocean

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Only connect.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness? Heck, I'll just take regular old happiness, thanks. Singing loud and off-key on a roadtrip. Sun-warmed raspberries off the bush. The way a hug sometimes nestles me into my daughter so her neck and mine are the same. So many things. But, all in all, it's round and warm and orange-ish red and full and faintly sweet. It's the way I feel talking with my husband or my girlfriends or my mom when they really really GET me.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "I love you." But I like it that way.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Passion. Introspection. Willingness to connect.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. No matter how much life may stink at times, I can't imagine wanting to be anyone else. Then I'd have to deal with their problems. I mean, everyone has problems. I, at least, know and own mine. (Plus, as my mother-in-law once said in between radiation treatments for breast cancer: Life is fun!)

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