Author Presents Life Story as Lesson in Perseverance

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Jean Starnes has overcome her disability, and in her autobiography offers readers her example

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“Hell on Wheels” inspires, entertains and educates. Because of its honesty and glimpses into unexpected intimate moments, Starnes’ book will appeal to the handicapped and the able-bodied alike.

Author Jean Starnes has begun a new marketing campaign for her 2004 book “Hell on Wheels: An Autobiography” (published by iUniverse). Given the increased media attention in recent years on disabilities, in large part because of publicity surrounding wounded war veterans such as the Wounded Warrior Project, she believes her book remains timely and relevant.

From the time she was born with cerebral palsy, Starnes used her humor, determination and intelligence to meet many challenges. “Hell on Wheels” begins with her early years in a small West Texas town where her family had to insist the school system accept its responsibility to educate her. Starnes’ competitive, persistent nature served her well, as she attained two master’s degrees, became a teacher and a psychological associate.

“Being stubborn and having a sense of humor enables one to overcome challenges,” Starnes writes. “My book illustrates that a person with a handicap can live a satisfying life and become a productive citizen.”

“Hell on Wheels” inspires, entertains and educates. Because of its honesty and glimpses into unexpected intimate moments, Starnes’ book will appeal to the handicapped and the able-bodied alike.

About the Author
Jean Starnes, unable to walk due to a birth defect, worked 40 years with children and adults who had various handicaps. She writes a biweekly column for the Midland Reporter-Telegram newspaper. Her unique sense of humor shines through her writings.

Starnes is also the author of “More Hell on Wheels,” “Still More Hell on Wheels,” “Hell on Wheels Four” and “Hell on Wheels Five.”

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