Janet Benton received her MFA in writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been a professional writer and editor for thirty years and a writing teacher for seventeen years. Her interview with novelist Valerie Martin appeared in Glimmer Train. She has co-written documentaries for History Making Productions, and one episode won an Emmy in 2013 for best feature documentary. Through The Word Studio (www.thewordstudio.us), she offers support and guidance to writers. She is currently completing a historical novel and has other novels in the works. "Instructions for Failure" was inspired by a devoted pair of frogs in her backyard.