favourite library book
a great get together
Jan loves colour!
JM, Janette as her mother used to call her, or Jan as most people do now hated writing at school.
AND she'd groan when she was called up to read to the teacher.
When Jan was at school, writing was hard - scratchy pens or blunt pencils are no fun and the reading books were really boring. She'd much rather be out on her bike.
BUT she always loved a good story.
Though for a very long time, she believed that she'd never have enough imagination to make one up.
Until she discovered the truth.
Which was that she did.
In fact, she had too much!
The secret was finding a nice pen (or a nice laptop) and actually writing. She may not have had much of an idea before she began, but as soon as she did, the ideas came and it was as if she was telling herself the story.
It was brilliant! It still is.
When Jan was a child there weren't many books in the house. So the main reason Jan learned to love stories was being taken to library every week by her mum.
Use the library, keep it open!
Digital libraries are great but you can't sniff their books like you can real ones!
Since discovering her imagination, Jan has written novels and short stories. Most of her novels are for readers aged 9 years and older, most of the stories are for older readers. Now that the teacher is no longer listening, she also loves to read them aloud.
You can hear her read one here.
Jan lives in Southampton with her husband, who's also her technical support, a border collie called Cindy, a goldfish called Melbourne and whoever else needs a place to stay at the time. Her four children are grown up now and she's very, very proud of them.
She's been a teacher and a community worker. She's organised family events, street parties and events for other writers. For some years she volunteered for The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She won a beautiful blue bowl for her efforts.
Jan also sings and loves to make stuff, usually with fabric or yarn. She's passionate about social justice and sustainability so, nowadays, she spends more time than she ever imagined she would, marching the streets, sometimes with the dog, protesting against greed and stupidity.
another childhood favourite
goldfish are very tricky