Informed Storytelling

"Everyone has a story to tell. Because Janet is genuinely interested in what moves each person to pursue their passion, her subjects respond positively to her. That response is reflected in her stories, which are carefully researched and thorough, yet sensitive—a somewhat rare combination."

Gretchen Piston Ogden Former Managing Editor Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors


The great thing about being a freelance writer is I get to explore the wide universe of ideas and experiences. Take these, for example:

Rock Rest was a guest house in Kittery Point, Maine, that welcomed African American travelers when other places didn’t. Read about it in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors (May 2014).

We travel to learn more about ourselves and others. In Cuba recently, I learned how I feel about home. For Wellesley Weston MagazineDiscovering Cuba, and beyond

Restorative Justice helps victims as well as first-time offenders and addresses the problem of overincarceration in our prisons. It makes sense. Read: Communities for Restorative Justice

Although this piece ran in the Boston Globe Sunday travel section awhile ago, I was just thinking about the extraordinary colors and textures of The Ochre Hills in Provence

and I’m writing a mystery novel so it was with particular interest that I interviewed New York Times bestselling author William Martin

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Love fine art, history, maritime and folk art, quirky collections or children’s museums? Then my book, Maine’s Museums:  Art, Oddities & Artifacts is just what you need. I hope you’ll agree with Maine Magazine’s review:

In her thorough, affectionate, and engaging exploration of Maine’s obscure and popular museums, Janet Mendelsohn provides an excellent guide to navigating Maine’s wealth of history and art. The book eloquently reminds us of Maine’s dedication to its art, culture, and history, and the importance of looking back as we continue to move forward.