A Writer with a Purpose - Changing the World One Book at a Time

Thanks for stopping by.  Here's what you might like to know about me. I’m a writer with a purpose. My mission in life is to change the world, one book at a time. I write books with subjects that I feel passionate about, and I hope my readers feel the same. Whether it's climate change, refugees, equal rights, friendship, animals, faeries or history, I hope my books inspire my readers to make a positive difference in the world.

And of course, I’m crazy about writing. I’ve been writing stories, poems, journals, essays and plays since I was a kid and I have no intention of stopping. I’m always thinking up stories and I love it!

I am the first Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville's beloved Berkshire, Massachusetts home, Arrowhead. That means I have the amazing opportunity to write in Herman Melville's study and look out at the view that inspired his great work, Moby Dick.

I am also a teacher. I have a Master’s degree in Education and I have taught almost every grade level from kindergarten to University. I’ve taught regular subjects and some unusual subjects, such as Mandarin Chinese and ESL.

Now, I’m focusing on combining my love of writing with my love of teaching. Please have a look around.



For Kids

"You have no idea how inspiring your visit was! The kids could not stop talking about you! They wrote ALL afternoon. So much joy! Thank you for getting our kids to reconnect with their imaginations. I cannot tell you what a beautiful experience this was. You made a real difference." ~ F.C.D. PS 165, Queens, NY

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For Adults

"Jana, you were absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for coming! I loved your talk!" Missy Franklin, 5 Time Gold Medalist, 2012 London Olympics

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