It’s nice to meet native Kentuckians who have left the state and have become successful after leaving the commonwealth.
One of those is writer, Janna McMahan.
She grew up in Central Kentucky, in Taylor County. She earned both a B.A. and M.A. in mass communications from the University of Kentucky and the University of South Carolina. While at U.K., she worked on the staff of the university television department, but enjoyed writing news more than delivering the news in front of the camera.
She became a serious writer and author after moving to South Carolina. Her first novel, “Calling Home” was set in Kentucky and, although not autobiographical, Janna says it is a true story of growing up a country teenager in the late 1970s when, “rock-in-roll ruled and opportunities were few.”
Along the way, came other writing jobs and a second novel.
Recently, she was back home and eager to talk about her third book, “Anonymity,” a psychological thriller about young, homeless teenagers who are trying to find their way in Austin, Texas.
On “One to One” this week, she talks with me about her writing life and this new novel.
In ‘an after the show’ segment, I asked Janna about another project she was involved in: she contributed to “Literary Dogs and their South Carolina Writers.” Her contribution was a fond remembrance of a Kentucky dog. “One to One” airs Sunday, January 20 at 1:00/12:00 noon CT on KET.