After 30 years of prolific writing, no end in sight for her career
Janet Dailey came home to Early this past weekend to help celebrate the town's 125th anniversary. Not only had she agreed to a book signing at the public library with fellow author Sue Schott, but she also served as the grand marshall in the town's Saturday parade.
Dailey spent her grade school years in Early and still has family in the area. She enjoyed seeing friends, family, and old classmates. "It's a good trip down memory lane," she said.
She was excited to be a part of the quasquicentennial and was impressed with the number of people who showed up to the small town's celebration, guessing she saw about 2000 people from her seat in the parade's Corvette.
"There was a tremendous turnout," she said.
Still, most people who came to see Dailey didn't come to see her wave in the parade. They came to meet one of their favorite authors and get their favorite books signed. She obliged, autographing for over an hour, smiling away the whole time. She enjoyed the intimate, familiar setting the Early library provided.
"This is a whole different atmosphere than other places where, with a few exceptions, all the people are strangers," she said.
People who knew Dailey from years ago and were just hoping to share a memory or two waited on line too. Dailey could never be quite sure what to expect from the next person in line.
"Either they knew me, or they knew my mom or my sisters, or they just loved the books," she said, smiling.
There is plenty to love. She has published over 100 books, and just released the newest one last month, "Something More."
The best part of writing for Dailey is the freedom her imagination allows her.
"I have the freedom to write more if I want to," she said, explaining that coming up with new ideas is never a problem for her. "It's a matter of which of my ideas to write about."
With over 30 years of writing under her belt, Dailey doesn't see an end to her career coming anytime soon.
"God blessed me with an imagination. I have always written because I want to write and I've always written what I want to write. That's the blessing," she said.