“What if…?” It’s the beginning of every story. What if you met a blind woman in a used clothing store? What if you were a seven-year-old boy struggling to survive in Africa without parents? What if you had a magic spoon? What if dogs could talk or pigs could fly? Being a fiction writer means constantly wondering, imagining – how does it feel to be somebody else? It’s a lot like being nosy…
I live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and I’m a writer, a former teacher, and a mother.
I grew up in Truro, NS (Janet Mingo) and went to Acadia University; I love my bike, travel, France, chocolate, Georgia, picture books and my family (not necessarily in that order). I’ve been writing for young readers since about 2000; it was a long and winding road until the publication of my first picture book, RAINBOWS IN THE DARK, in 2005, by Second Story Press of Toronto. I have three middle grade novels out from Red Deer Press – THE POWER OF HARMONY, (2013); ROCKET MAN (2014) and TALKING TO THE MOON (2018). I’ve also written sixteen illustrated chapter books for Caramel Tree Readers. THE KING OF KEJI, a picture book set in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Kejimkujik National Park, illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon from Cape Breton, was published by Nimbus in 2015. SKY PIG, with intricate Plasticine illustrations by Suzanne Del Rizzo, was published by Pajama Press, 2016. My newest picture book is A HALIFAX TIME-TRAVELLING TUNE (Nimbus, 2018).
SIX SORT-OF INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT JAN:
|If she could have only one food, she’d be torn between potato chips and apples.||She learned to swim (and got over her fear of water – sort of) when she was 55!||She loves Craftsman style houses (built in the 1930s and 1940s), and old stuff in general.|
|She can watch the sun sparkling on the water, ocean, lakes, rivers – for hours. Even puddles.||If she could have one wish granted, by say a fairy dogmother, it would be to see her kids every week, at least once or maybe twice…||If she could have two wishes granted, she’d also wish to have a book published with HER name on the cover as author/illustrator!|
My young adult novel, A HARE IN THE ELEPHANT’S TRUNK, (Red Deer Press), was a Finalist for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award (Children’s Text) and also a finalist for the 2011 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature (as was THE POWER OF HARMONY). Proceeds from HARE have been shared with Wadeng Wings of Hope, Jacob Akech Deng’s foundation through which he raised money to build a school in Sudan; the first two classrooms in the school were completed in the winter of 2013. Jacob now works as a Minister for Youth and Information in South Sudan.
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IF YOU’VE COME TO MY SITE HOPING TO BUY A BOOK, MY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT:
- Stirling’s Farm Market, Highway 1, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
- Select Coles/Chapters locations
- Select independent bookshops such as Woozles and Tattles (in Halifax and Dartmouth, and The Inside Story (Greenwood, NS)
- My publishers’ sites: Red Deer Press, Nimbus Publishing, Pajama Press, Running the Goat Press and Nevermore Press