2006.10.16: October 16, 2006: Headlines: COS - Tonga: Writing - Tonga: Peace Corps Writers: John Coyne writes: It has taken Jan Worth (Tonga 1976-78) 30+ years but finally she has written her novel of the October 14, 1976 murder on the island of Tonga of the PCV, Deborah Gardner

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John Coyne writes: It has taken Jan Worth (Tonga 1976-78) 30+ years but finally she has written her novel of the October 14, 1976 murder on the island of Tonga of the PCV, Deborah Gardner

John Coyne writes: It has taken Jan Worth (Tonga 1976-78) 30+ years but finally she has written her novel of the October 14, 1976 murder on the island of Tonga of the PCV, Deborah Gardner

John Coyne writes: It has taken Jan Worth (Tonga 1976-78) 30+ years but finally she has written her novel of the October 14, 1976 murder on the island of Tonga of the PCV, Deborah Gardner

Peace Corps Murder--seeds for a novel Inbox Peace Corps

Coyne, John P.

It has taken Jan Worth (Tonga 1976-78) 30+ years but finally she has written her novel of the October 14, 1976 murder on the island of Tonga of the PCV, Deborah Gardner. You might have read Phil Weissís non-fiction haunting account, American Taboo, and now Jan, who lived through that tragedy, has used the same murder in her novel Night Blind, just out from iUniverse. [Check out: www.janworth.com]

Jan, who lives in Michigan and California, (with her new husband,) teaches creative writing at the University of Michiganís Flint campus. She has published essays, poems, short stories and reviews in such diverse places as The Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Drexel Online Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Passages North, Fourth Genre, Controlled Burn, Marlboro Review, and her poems have appeared in two editions of Contemporary Michigan Poetry, published by Wayne State Press.

Janís recent marriage has seeds of another novel. Divorced from her first husband for a number of years, Jan reconnected with Ted Nelson (Turkey 1964-66) a man she met in Tonga in 1976. Ted, who had been on the staff in Turkey and Washington, D.C., went to Tonga in 1976 to do In-Country Training shortly after the murder took place. When Phil Weiss was researching his book American Taboo he reconnected Jan and Ted and through emails they began to correspond. In 2001 they met again for the first time in 25 years. They were married in 2005 on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, the same ocean where they first met. Today Jan divides her time between Michigan and L.A. where Ted is the CEO of Hollywood Awards, a family business. This fall Ted and Jan, visiting Washington, D.C., took a taxi to the Peace Corps Headquarters only to find that on Saturday morning the building was closed. Not wanting to miss a romantic opportunity, they had the taxi driver take a photo of them kissing in front of the building. Howís that for a nice ending, or a new beginning of another novel!





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