A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Janet Kathleen Ettele studied music composition. Ettele feels that playing music is like painting pictures with sound, and that the same is true about writing, only with words. She has found that many elements of music composition – theme, phrasing, rhythm, and dynamics – are common elements in writing, and this awareness helps guide her written work. Ettele worked in the entertainment industry until becoming a mother. She lives in Connecticut, where she has raised two sons. She has recorded two CDs, Piano Mandalas and Piano Mandalas—Compassion, which are collections of her meditatively improvised music. How the Root of Kindness Works and How Generosity Works are her first two works of fiction in the How Life Works series, which are books based on The Six Perfections taught in Buddhism. She is now writing the fourth book in the series, which will be published in 2015.
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