Jeanne Betancourt

Children's Book Author & Screenwriter

People are often surprised to learn that I am dyslexic. They think that being dyslexic would prevent me from being a successful writer.

I believe that being dyslexic has helped me as a writer. Since learning to read and write was difficult for me growing up, I paid more attention to the world around me.  I watched and listened carefully to people for clues to what people were thinking and feeling. Today, as an author, it is easy for me to imagine what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes. Understanding how other people feel is a key to being a good writer. I also have strong visual memories and can easily imagine the places I’ve been as I describe them for the reader. These skills are more important for me as a storyteller than the skills I don’t have because I am dyslexic – like being a good speller and a speedy reader.


  • My Name is Brain Brian
  • Pony Pals series
  • Ava Tree and the Wishes Three