Betsy’s novels, “Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes”, “Love Potion Number 10”, and “Emeralds Included”, feature Janet Laird, a Scotswoman who inherits her grandfather’s house in India. Janet moves there, taking her parrot Mr. Ganguly, and does her best to fit into 1960’s India. This “fish out of water” series features colorful characters and a strong sense of place. Woodman’s leisurely pacing may remind readers of authors such as: Adriana Trigiani, Elizabeth Berg, and Jess Walter. Her books have earned rave reviews and her latest, “Emeralds Included”, was chosen as one of the Best of 2014 by NPR.
Betsy Woodman has edited history books, been a frequent book reviewer, and was a writer/editor for Experiencing War, the award-winning radio documentary series for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Her interest in languages, music, and cross-cultural connections are in evidence in her “Jana Bibi” series. She now lives in her native New Hampshire.