About Me

pennsylvania quaker author

An Indiana native, I have taught English and social studies to high school students in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Florida. My husband, Thomas Olshewsky, and I live in Sarasota Florida. We have seven children and four grandchildren between us.

To research this book,  Thom and I moved to Pennsylvania for nine years. I volunteered for the education program of the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation where I learned open hearth cooking, spinning, and candle making. I traveled the route of Noble’s journeys to Fort Cumblerland and Easton. My research took me to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, the Chester County (PA) Historical Society, the Northampton (PA) Historical and Genealogical Society, and the British Library in London.

I am available for school visits either in person or via Skype, to speak with students about the issues raised in The Snake Fence, about the colonial period, about conducting historical research and the writing process. I am also available to speak with teachers of social studies and English language arts about how to use The Snake Fence to achieve the Common Core standards.



3 Responses to About Me

  1. Wow, that’s some husband you’ve got there, being willing to relocate for almost a decade so you can research your book. You’re clearly dedicated to your craft, to devote your life to it so completely. Well done, Janet and Thom!

  2. Mary Luder

    Just finished your book. It was so interesting, and I really got caught up in it. I do love reading about history.
    Hope you had a safe trip home. It was good to see you.
    Blessings, Mary

  3. Linda Courchane

    I should add that my family comes down through Enos, son of Noble, and of his daughter Rachel Butler who married John Endsley. My gr grandma was Rachel Endsley, Rachel and John’s daughter. She married Jake Blickem. They lived in Shelby Co, IL most of their lives.

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