A Brutally Honest Bio

What gives me the right to tell you how to live your life?

Ultimately, you do, but only if it is what  you chose. My parents and husband can attest to how difficult it can be to convince me to do something I don’t think of myself. Even the little voice in my I-Pod Couch to 5K program that tells me it’s time to run only has authority because I have decided to obey it.

But it’s easier to take someones advice when you trust them – which comes from having an idea of who they are and where they come from. So, for you, in hopes of earning at least a little bit of your trust, here is my brutally honest bio for your consideration.

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Jane spent the first 23 years of her life as a complete slacker punctuated by sporadic attempts at sincere self-improvement. God help you if you met her when she thought she’d been improved, because then she was vain.

The youngest/oldest/middlemost child (yes, it is a long story) of a working class poor family in a working class poor town, aspirations and delusions of a “better life” drove her to an overpriced university immediately after high school graduation. Financially and spiritually broke after one semester, Jane gave in to the depression that had shadowed her since childhood. Community college, serial boyfriends and other bad choices swallowed four years of her life until she finally washed up on the shores of grace, at the end of herself and determined to really try to listen to God this time.

She was not an overnight success.

Eventually she returned to the overpriced university and earned degrees in English and Speech Communications, intending to change the world as the next Lois Lane –before she realized Clark Kent/Superman was not going to save her, and that she hated the unpredictable hours. A brief stint in public affairs cured her forever of corporate ladder climbing aspirations, and again, at the end of herself she listened closely to God.

Giving her the choice of an about-face or staying in public affairs, Jane took the chance to be the youth minister of a very small youth group in a very small town. Choosing to be forced to rely on God for everything from groceries to Wednesday night lesson plans opened her eyes to the vast generosity of God and his desire to give her every good thing. Jane regards that short but intense time of her life as a crucible that made her the woman she is today.

Now married with two sons, Jane seeks to connect other young women with the wise, wonderful and loving God she still relies on daily. To that end she has written Glitter in the Sun, a devotional book that uses the Twilight Saga as a conversation launch point, and maintains a blog of the same name that seeks to identify the point at which fiction intersects with faith influencing reality.