John S. Hall is a graduate of the University of Vermont. He was later employed by UVM as a youth extension agent. In 1965, he and his wife purchased and ran a Vermont dairy farm where they raised four children. Twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren followed, and many in the Hall family continue to be engaged in various forms of Vermont agriculture. (See pictures below!) In recent years, Hall has written four books: The West Window, The Meadow, Cooner’s Bench, and his latest, Harmony Hill.
Why I write:
There’s nothing more powerful than the written word. At my age, I love to flex my intellectual muscle strength while writing. It all goes back to when I was a little boy, trying to stretch my fingers all the way around our hired man’s bicep. I can do the same when I stretch my mind to make a sentence jump off the page. The reward is when folks in wonderment say, “Wow! Your descriptions land me right in the story!” To me . . . that’s delightful.
“I very rarely read a book a second time, but this one I will. I can’t remember the last time I have been so touched by a book. It’s accuracy and authenticity are incredible. . . . I don’t know the author, but I sure wish I did!”
—Reader of The West Window