Janice Lynch Schuster is an award-winning nonfiction writer and essayist, as well as a poet and illustrator. Her first illustrated book, "What Are Mothers For?" is available now via Amazon. After struggling to cope with grief over the death of her grandmother, Janice turned to drawing, an art form totally new to her. She has since written and illustrated an entire collection of books in this series, which will include grandmothers, fathers, friends, dogs, family caregivers, and more (and more diverse images, too). The mother of six, Lynch Schuster is a poet, whose collection, "Saturday at the Gym," includes reflections on boxing, motherhood, and aging.
Janice recently wrote two essays about her art journey. Disruptive Women in Healthcare featured her blog, "I Came To Live In Color," for Aging with Audacity. Here is the link:
Maria Shriver featured her story on her website, and you can read it here:
Janice sells original art, most inspired by poetry, via Handmade at Amazon: www.amazon.com/handmade/JustByJanice. She takes work on commission, too. Future books in progress include, "What Are Children For?," "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth," "What Are Grandmothers For?" And " What Are Friends For?"
She is a frequent contributor to major news outlets, including "The Washington Post," and "The Shriver Report," and a member of groups that include Disruptive Women in Healthcare, the American Society for Journalists and Authors, and the Association of Health Care Journalists. Her professional work focuses on topics related to aging, especially family caregiving, advance care planning and dying. Her book, "Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness," received the 2012 Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association. She has also been recognized for her work for NIH.
The experience of publishing an art book has convinced her, at last, that it is never too late and we are never too old to try something new, for the creative heart beats within each of us.