jb warren(nee Jane Baird Thorbjornsen) was born in Canada to a Norwegian father and Scottish mother. She grew up surrounded by a rich and confusing blend of accents. In a house where you packed a zutcase to go on holidays, she learned to pay careful attention to words – what they meant, how they sounded and best of all, how they tasted. When she was nine she announced her intentions to become a spelunker just because she loved the sound and feel of the word.
She left Canada in 1998 and since then she has lived in different cities in Europe and the Middle East. She’s travelled extensively in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Scandinavia and worked as a bartender, teacher, personal trainer and editor. Currently she lives near the North Sea in The Hague, the Netherlands in a drafty old canal house built in the 1800’s.
Jane holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She’s published dozens of short stories and poems in a variety of literary magazines, newspapers and periodicals. Her stories have been produced for radio and performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She works as a writer and freelance editor. Her 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. She is represented by Nell Pierce of Sterling Lord Literistic.
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