Jan Evans received a Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelors in Music. Although she has had a number of work experiences, writing is her joy and her gift. She is a retired teacher and continues to mentor young people. Although she likes writing flash fiction, memoir, and poetry for adults, her passion is writing for children. Her vision is “Helping children understand – giving children hope.”
In her first book, Dr. Owl Gives a Hoot! (debuts 2018), Jan describes five neurodevelopmental disorders and how they affect the child, family, and peers. Kingdom Come’s Dr. Owl shows how support and encouragement help the child overcome pain and isolation and how to live a happy and triumphant life. These and other Kingdom Come stories are written in verse and are designed to teach in a fun way.
Jan’s second body of work, The Hanson Brothers Adventure Series, is set in the mid-fifties. Hank, age eight, is a master at getting into “scrapes,” and older brother Harry gets caught up in his escapades. In Graveyard Pirates, the first story, Hank and Harry meet Smitty and Petey, and a large green parrot named Pickles, “a dilly of a bird, yo ho ho.”
Among numerous awards, Jan received Third Place in an international writing competition for her Kingdom Come story, The No-No’s Say Yes! as well as an Honorable Mention for Rite of Passage. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Writers-Editors Network.
Jan lives in the Appalachian foothills with her dog, Scrappy. His favorite pastimes include jumping, hunting, digging, and playing, barking at brooms, tape dispensers and other items. He’s full of fun and is an excellent watchdog. He has a unique personality and displays plenty of “cattitude.”