Writers work best when they support one another and build each other up. Every day I work to improve my craft, and I want to help others do the same.
I received a BA at Lewis & Clark College, where I took advanced fiction writing courses. I’ve also participated in workshops at The Attic Institute. I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon since 2002.
When I’m not writing for Word Savant, I run a solo business consulting small business owners on their online content. I do everything from edit and provide feedback on blog posts, online content, and speeches to setting up email newsletters.
As a fiction writer, I recently finished writing my first full-length, YA novel. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m running and training for my next big race, meditating, making goofy jokes with my partner, and snuggling with my cat.
If you’d like to get in touch with me, hit me up at jane [at] word-savant.com
17 Random Facts About Me
1. I’m originally from Manhattan, KS. I visit about once a year to see my dad and stepmom. If you happen by a store called Endacott Lighting on Fort Riley Boulevard, that’s the family business my grandparents started. It’s a wonderful town and the people are super friendly.
2. But I grew up (mostly) in Boulder, CO. My parents divorced when I was young, and Mom and I moved first to Atlanta and then to Boulder. But when I go “home”, I go to Manhattan.
3. I’ve had two letters to the editor published in the NY Times. One of these was for the Sunday Book Review. Both of them were cranky.
4. Whenever I move, which is fairly often, I always have more books than any of my other belongings combined. I don’t own much of anything, but I own a lot of books.
5. I am insanely addicted to running.
6. I’m a ginger vampire. That means I wear SPF 50 to sit in the shade and melt if I’m exposed to sunshine for longer than 10 minutes. I moved from Boulder, CO – one of the sunniest cities in the country – to Portland, OR – one of the rainiest. After nine years of living in Colorado, I could no longer handle its brutal and unforgiving sunshine.
7. A defining experience for me as a writer was my 18th birthday. My Mom took me to see David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. I loved how the film was like a puzzle that I had to solve. I loved how he was able to explore an inner nightmare world. I walked out of the theater thinking, I want to write like that.
8. I once broke a water glass at a Cartier sponsored event in Zurich, Switzerland. In the summer of 2015 I traveled there with my boyfriend at the time, where he spoke at TEDx Zurich Women. Cartier sponsored a shindig for the speakers and their better halves the night before the event. I was talking to a woman, wasn’t paying attention to what my hands were doing, and there was a crash. A broken water glass was splayed out on top of a display case full of ridiculously expensive jewelry. The jewelry was fine, but the water glass was not. There was a painfully long, hushed silence. I felt everyone staring at me. This is why I can’t have nice things.
9. I believe that the only way to enjoy good liquor is either neat or with ice. To mix sodas and liqueurs with whiskey or bourbon is a waste of perfectly good whiskey or bourbon.
10. When I’m with my family, I drink Scotch.
11. I am extremely introverted.
12. I used to work for The Man. For six years I worked as an Assistant Manager and Property Manager for public housing. Someday I’ll write a book about that one.
13. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 27. When I was 18, my Mom tried to teach me, but we argued so much that I didn’t see it through.
14. I am addicted to coffee, and I’m not at all ashamed of it.
15. I trip over flat surfaces.
16. I have a spectacular ability to pick the jankiest cart and the slowest line at the grocery store.
17. I believe we all “make” things. I like to make creative things; writing, stories, art, and food. Sometimes I come across people who “make” not so great things: drama, deceit, hate, and revenge. I feel a little sad for those people, because they could be do something incredible with that energy. Luckily that doesn’t happen all that often. Mostly I get to be around people who make extraordinary things. I like to keep those people close.