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Jean Petersen

"In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success."  Proverbs 3:6

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Featured Author Jean Petersen

Jean is an award-winning author of her children's picture book, Kind Soup, regional cookbook, The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook-Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes, and contributing author to All God’s Creatures-60 days of Devotions for Animal Loving Kids.

Her cookbook is published with Arcadia Publishing and The History Press as a part of their American Palate series with Chef Barrie Boulds, and was released in July 2018. It was awarded a National Indie Excellence Award for Best Regional Cookbook in 2019 and was a finalist for Book of the Decade for the Serious Writers Book Awards.

Her children’s picture book, Kind Soup, was released October 2019 and All God’s Creatures, was released September 2021 with Little Lamb Books. Kind Soup was been awarded a Firebird Award for Best Children's Religious BookSerious Writers-Book of the Year for 2020, Best Christian Children's Fiction book of 2019 with Best Indie Book Awards, and Story Monsters Approved 2019 Book Award winner for best 'Making a Difference' children's book.  

Jean is Colorado State University-Journalism alumni, Montana certified educator, and has been a freelance writer and weekly columnist for 15 years with Western Ag Reporter covering a host of topics.  Her weekly children's column is called Life on the Ranch with Banjo. You can also find her feature articles published in Distinctly Montana magazine, Yellowstone Valley Woman and Raised in the West Magazine at Jean's Cuisines page. 

Jean lives near the Beartooth Mountains in scenic southern Montana on her small farm with her husband, four children, three mice-chasing Corgi's, one mischievous cow dog, three loyal horses, a bottle calf named Beatrice-who likes to go on adventures along with the rest of the bovine's beauty's cattle brood, a handful of ducks and chickens, and three very lazy cats.  They all give her lots of fuel for all her writing.  

Jean can be reached at

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