Janae Marks

Janae MarksStoryteller: Janae Marks

Janae Marks is the middle-grade author of the critically acclaimed novel From the Desk of Zoe Washington and the forthcoming novel A Soft Place to Land. She grew up in the New York City suburbs and now lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. She has an MFA in writing for children from the New School. Visit Janae online at www.janaemarks.com.

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Janae On Writing for Children:

“I have always been interested in writing for this age group, since books were so important to me as a child. I want to continue telling stories about contemporary Black girls so they can feel represented in the books they read. In some ways, I write for my childhood self, since I never really saw myself books back then.”


A Soft Place to Land
From the Desk of Zoe Washington

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