Janice Graham lived in France, Greece, and Israel before moving to Los Angeles to study film at the University of Southern California. She has worked as a screenwriter and a teacher of French. Her novels include Firebird and The Tailor's Daughter. She lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her daughter.
This biography was last updated on 07/07/2011.
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You have traveled extensively, living and working in Paris, Greece and
Israel. What were you doing while you were living abroad?
I was divorced in 1972 after a four year marriage and since I had just finished my M.A. in French and been to France on a fellowship, I decided to move to Paris. I lived there for four years working at a variety of jobs-from sales to tour guide to assistant to the CEO of an investment banking firm. In 1976, I embarked on a journey to travel around the world (I never got farther than the Middle East.) I saved up some money and I took off with a friend. Our first stop was Athens, where I spent too much money, so I got a job at UPI and ended up staying there for six months. Our next stop was Turkey and then on to Israel, where I worked on a kibbutz for six months. By that time I had been gone for a year and I felt as though I needed a focus. It was in Jerusalem that I got the direction I was looking for-I ran into a professor from the University of Kansas, where I had gotten my masters degree. He knew I was interested in film and he encouraged me to return to graduate school. My next stop was Los Angeles, where I attended film school and instantly knew that that was what I wanted to do. I ...
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