I was born Jane Baird Thorbjornsen – that’s a mouthful – to a Norwegian father and Scottish mother. I grew up in Canada surrounded by a rich and confusing blend of accents. In a house where you packed a zutcase to go on holidays, I learned to pay careful attention to words – what they meant, how they sounded and best of all, how they tasted. When I was nine she announced my intentions to become a spelunker just because I loved the sound and feel of the word.
I left Canada in 1998 and since then I’ve lived in different cities in Europe and the Middle East. I’ve travelled extensively in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Scandinavia and worked as a bartender, teacher, personal trainer and editor. Currently I live on the shores of Lake Massawippi in the Eastern Townships of beautiful Quebec.
I holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. I have published dozens of short stories and poems in a variety of literary magazines, newspapers and periodicals. My stories have been produced for radio and performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. I work as a writer and freelance editor. My first novel for children was long listed for the Undiscovered Voices 2014 Anthology and was a top 100 finalist in Amazon’s 2013 YA Breakthrough Novel Award. I am represented by Nell Pierce of Sterling Lord Literistic.
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