Jansina has been writing ever since she could do more than make meaningless scribbles with a crayon. She began her writing career at 13 with a newspaper column, Jansina's Journal.
Her goal is to create realistic Christian fiction for young adults that will both entertain and inspire. This is her first published novel, though she has over one hundred published articles, short stories and poems in various newspapers and magazines (including the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Brio).
She is a native of Minnesota, and a few years ago discovered Backus, a little-known town of 300. Although she may never live there herself, she lives vicariously through her characters. Jansina is in the process of writing two additional novels, and several short stories-all with the setting loosely based on that little town. Many of the characters in Forgotten Memories play larger parts in those stories.
When not writing, Jansina works in marketing, and also copy edits others' books, scholarly papers and articles. In her spare time she enjoys Irish and swing dancing, singing, and rereading Austen's novels. She doesn't spend much time in cemeteries.
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Life is Crumbly
Our lives are short, but they are sweet. ...and filled with chocolate. This is a story of the short life of a cookie. The narrator watches as siblings reach "the moment we all must face". Will it end in the mouth of the Baker? In the furnace? In water? Perhaps none of those are as bad as they sound. Illustrations by Mary MacArthur enhance this short story.
As Fairydust Settles
“Would you have married me if you had known?”
Mical’s question stays with Davey. He doesn’t have an answer.
Mical was wrong to deceive him, and her apologetic efforts may not be enough to keep them together. Will her spiteful father allow them the chance to find out?
Davey Blake’s invitation to the Benson’s home is evidence of his good character, but Mical Benson knows it is the perfect opportunity for him to steal her father’s great wealth.
In spite of her suspicions, Mical eventually falls into his 'trap' and moves beyond mutual loathing. When Davey’s past returns, all he has built up may be lost forever…
When Jane is invited to spend the weekend with her cousin AnnaMarie, she little suspects the playful adventure that awaits her. Joined by her friends, they explore an abandoned church...with more to discover than dusty hymnals!
Characters from the novel, Forgotten Memories.
Ella wants out, and the arrival of her friend's handsome cousin threatens that dream. Joe starts working her job in the diner, gains the respect of the town, and--worse--causes her to like him.
Jane just hopes to fit in. The talkative Rosie and a position on the Backus newspaper help that happen...but looks into the town's past, she finds more mysteries than explanations.
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