Jean Ellen Whatley is on the road with her rescue dog Libby, on a coast-to-coast road trip to restore her soul. Off the Leash: Road Stories is an interactive travelogue, in which the writers travels acrossAmerica with her dog; revisiting important people and places sheʼs left behind, seeking a brother sheʼs never known and sharing stories about the people and the pets they meet in dog parks from New York to California.
Itʼs part citizen journalism, part memoir; tapping into universal and intensely powerful emotions -- taking risks, deﬁning your purpose, reinvention, families separated by time or distance, rekindling friendships and being fully engaged in life afﬁrming work, plus the extra joy, amusement, consternation and comfort when youʼve got a dog along for the ride.
Jean Ellen Whatley has been writing stories which evoke emotion since her first published short story in the 7th grade, entitled, "The Great Pickle Caper." She went on to become an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist starting in her home town, Albuquerque, New Mexico, (KOAT-TV) going on to become an anchor for the ABC affiliate (KDNL) in St. Louis. She's been a guest columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Winston-Salem Journal and the Albuquerque Journal and occasional radio talk show host on KMOX (CBS) radio in St. Louis. Whatley has attracted a growing following through her blog, A Woman With a Past: The Post Apocalyptic Approach to Men. Excerpts from this memoir, available soon on Amazon.com, received Editor’s Picks on Open Salon and high praise from readers, many of them not even her family. Her current project, Off the Leash: Road Stories With My Dog is the sequel to A Woman With a Past. She's the proud parent of four, remarkably well adjusted, mostly grown-up kids and two mutts. In her spare time, she sleeps.