Jane Harrington, Wordsmith
For almost twenty years, Jane's writing has been inspired by her three daughters. Their lively personalities regularly surface in her fiction. Meghan, her oldest daughter, held the spotlight in her first published short stories in HOPSCOTCH MAGAZINE. Her youngest, Lucy, was strikingly similar to the central character of her first published book, LUCY'S (COMPLETELY COOL AND TOTALLY TRUE) E-JOURNAL. And though her "middlest" daughter, Emma, may not be just like Brady, her adventures and friends sparked FOUR THINGS MY GEEKY-JOCK -OF-A-BEST-FRIEND MUST DO IN EUROPE, as well as the spin-off novel, MY BEST FRIEND, THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND OTHER GREAT BODIES STANDING BETWEEN ME AND MY LIFE WITH GIULIO.
Since the three girls have set off on their own real-life adventures, Jane looks to her cute husband, Jon, for amusement, and has devoted time to teaching both language arts and science. Her science classroom, filled with reptiles and a variety of arthropods, inspired her 2006 non-fiction book, EXTREME PETS! In 2010 Jane earned a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Writing and Literature from George Mason University. Though she was determined to get her graduate degree before one of her children did, she was beat in 2009 when Meghan got her law degree. (Yay for Meghan, anyway!) Jane now works as an adjunct professor at Southern Virginia University, teaching College Composition and Children's Literature, and is working on an MFA in Fiction at Carlow University.
She loves to hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, watch Washington Nationals baseball, and visit Ireland--the setting of her latest (hopefully greatest) writing endeavor.
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Thank you to Alexandria VA photographer Rita Abraham for author photo.