“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, a badminton player, 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 two middle grade novels out from Red Deer Press – THE POWER OF HARMONY, (2013) and ROCKET MAN (2014). 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. My newest book, also a picture book, is SKY PIG, with intricate Plasticine illustrations by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press, 2016).
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!|