“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 pigs could fly or a hurricane asked you to dance? 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 and illustrator, 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 now have 5 trade novels published and 5 trade picture books, as well as 18 leveled readers published by Caramel Tree readers. My sixth novel for middle grade readers, THE HERMIT will be published by Nimbus in the spring of 2020.
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), a fictionalized version of Jacob Deng’s story as a Lost Boy of Sudan, was a Finalist for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award (Children’s Text. Jacob now works as a Minister for Youth and Information in South Sudan. In reading through my “interesting” facts above, I’m proud to say one of my wishes has come true – my picture book, KARISSA & FELIX, a story of finding hope after loss, is now available, mainly through contacting me. I didn’t begin experimenting with art until three years ago – it’s never too late to try something new, and I’m having so much fun with my watercolor pencils! Please click on the “soul smiles” button above if you’d like to check out my cards.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ll get in touch:
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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 gift shops and bookshops such as the Dartmouth Book Exchange, Woozles, TattleTales (in Halifax and Dartmouth, The Inside Story (Greenwood, NS) and Blockshop Books and Lunenburg Bound in Lunenburg, NS.
- My publishers’ sites: Second Story Press, Red Deer Press, Nimbus Publishing, Pajama Press, Running the Goat Press and Nevermore Press
Happy reading and writing!