Jana writes, edits and critiques both fiction and non-fiction. She lived over half her adult life overseas (six years in Japan, eight years in Singapore) and thus had the opportunity to work for media around the world, including The Japan Times, Singapore Straits Times, The Saigon Times, Eastern & Oriental Express, Islands Magazine, Hemispheres (United Airlines) and KQED National Public Radio.
As Immediate Past President of the Peninsula branch of the California Writers Club, Jana has been called on to critique and judge manuscripts for the Kids Camp, as well as several Jack London Conference writers contests. "Often a writer is very emotionally tied to their work. It's the zillionth time they've done a rewrite and can't stomach the idea of changing one more thing. Or they promised they would mention their friend Sarah somewhere. Or they're dying to make a political comment on the use of seat belts. My goal is to sidestep all of that and help the writer see where the story is working and where it isn't."
Jana received the 2005 Byline Short Fiction Award for the first chapter of her novel--My Half of the Sky-- due out July, 2006 from Komenar Publishing.
The novel has also been selected the Book Sense Pick for August, 2006.
My Half of the Sky website
Visit Jana's blog at www.myhalfofthesky.blogspot.com