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Author Information: Jane Tesh



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Jane Tesh lives and writes in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. She was born on New Yearís Eve many years ago in the town of Thomasville, NC, City of the Big Chair. Her family moved to Greensboro and then bought a small farm in the neighboring community of Summerfield, so Jane had all the advantages of city life and farm life. Her first writing efforts included a poem about a flat-footed flea and the holiday adventures of Frito the Penguin. Encouraged by her parents and teachers, she continued to write, contributing to school newspapers and magazines, entering contests, and creating new episodes of favorite TV shows for her friends. She was never without a spiral notebook or two.

In 1972, Jane graduated from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, NC, with a B.A, in English. She then said, "Now what?" Fortunately, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro offered a teacherís certificate and a Masters all in one program. Jane graduated from UNC-G with a Masters in Education and started looking for a job. The Mount Airy City school system needed a full-time librarian and decided Jane was right for Jones Elementary School. Jane stayed at Jones for 30 years. She enjoyed reading to children, and the long teachersí meetings were useful for writing chapters of her latest books.

During those 30 years, Jane was constantly writing books and sending them out to agents and publishers. She had success selling plays to Plays Magazine, and two of her plays have been chosen for Harcourt Brace language textbooks, but her goal was to publish a novel. She retired in December, 2004, and was offered a contract for A Case of Imagination from Poisoned Pen Press the following February. The sequel, A Hard Bargain, will be published in January, 2007. As she starts this phase of her writing career, Jane hopes to find homes for the dozens of other manuscripts sitting patiently in her office. Meanwhile, she plays piano for productions at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, teaches aerobics and kickboxing, and spends time with Winkie, her one-eyed Chihuahua.

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