BG author not bound by one literary genre PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 08:24
Author Jeanne Stoner is seen in the office of her home with her husband's dog Wilber and her two titles 'The Dog Watcher' and 'Starry Death'. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Longtime Bowling Green resident Jeanne Stoner, pen name Smith Stoner, won her first short story contest as a fourth-grader growing up in Oak Park, Ill.
Decades later, Stoner has stuck to her craft and recently published two books, "The Dog Watcher," a mainstream fiction novel, and "Starry Death," a mystery.
"I don't read one genre and I guess I don't write in one genre," Stoner said.
"The Dog Watcher" is centered around a female dog watcher who enters the lives of people in their time of need.
"People always ask me how I start writing and I have to say, I usually start writing with a name," Stoner said.
Rigel, the dog watcher, is the name she began with. Rigel comes into the lives of 12 different individuals and families going through tough times including an overworked, repressed lawyer, a man struggling with intense loneliness and an older gentleman faced with the reality of getting older and the decision to sell his long-time business.
Each story involves a dog of a varying breed. The dogs are called on by Rigel to help their owners.
"I was born hard-wired for dogs and animals in general," Stoner said. 
She has had 11 dogs over her lifetime and trained several others, including an 170-pound therapy dog named Walter.
Local artist Lonnie Rosenberg illustrated portraits of each of the dogs in the novel.
"Lonnie took these dogs right out of my mind and portrayed them. She just did a wonderful job," Stoner said.
Stoner was born in Brooklyn, but raised in Oak Park, Ill., and Kansas City.  While working at Purdue University, Stoner helped an economics professor publish a book about the subject for children.
She has also written several children's books, which are unpublished, and has a background in radio, TV and theater.
Stoner and her husband Ron, a professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at BGSU, came to Bowling Green in 1965.
Her husband's involvement with BGSU's astronomy department and her own experiences with campus life provided a setting for her mystery novel, "Starry Death."
"The wisdom is that you write what you know," Stoner said.
"Starry Death," a large-print novel, is based around Nord Wilson, a professor of physics and astronomy. Wilson is helping to usher in a new planetarium on the quiet, private campus of Overton. But at the planetarium dedication, the university president is slain.
Wilson and Demeter Sloan, an organic chemist who has just been denied tenure, discover the president was poisoned and Sloan is accused of his murder.
"From the ice arena to the chemistry lab, secrets that span internationally explode like a super nova. This quiet campus might never recover from this 'Starry Death,'" reads the mystery's plot summary.
Both of Stoner's novels were published through CreateSpace, a division of Amazon. She learned about the publisher through a local author fair held this summer at the Wood County District Public Library.
Her novels are available online, at the library and senior center, and can also be ordered from various bookstores. They are also available electronically.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 December 2012 08:33

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