A former English teacher and Creative Writing tutor, Jane lives in landlocked Oxfordshire. She often runs away to Pembrokeshire where she spent many summers as a child and where she now writes. The castles, old harbour towns, hidden beaches and remote islands remain magical to her.
Those who know Tenby may recognise thinly-disguised elements of St Benfro and Monastery island.
Jane has three nephews who have been her inspiration to tell stories over many years. All four of them would stay up late into the night spinning tales of adventure, mischief and magic. The legacy of these years is an attic full of stories which have yet to see the light of day.
One of these nephews is Sammy Jim - more properly known as Sam Hodgson. Sam was the natural choice as an illustrator for the books. Having read the stories, he knew exactly how to transfer the characters from the written word into pictures. As well as illustrating both books, Sam has been working for a university degree in Visual Communication and graduated with a First in the Summer of 2014. He is now globe-trotting (a bit like a certain beloved arm-wrestling cat we all know), but he should be back on these shores in Spring next year – just in time to illustrate Book Three!
Grubson Pug’s Christmas Voyage (2011) was Jane-Anne and Sam’s first published children’s book. It was selected as a Top Ten Children’s Christmas book by the Primary Times in 2012 and long-listed for the International Rubery Book Award in 2013.
The sequel, Banzai’s Unexpected Voyage, was published in October 2013 and was short-listed for the International Rubery Book Award in 2014.