N. Jane Quackenbush is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She lives in a horrible house filled with mystery and fun in St. Augustine, Florida, a place she finds a lot of material by which she is inspired. Many places mentioned in her books are based on actual haunted buildings, star-filled planetariums and magical gardens deep within The Nation’s Oldest City.
N. Jane Quackenbush has also written the following Children’s Picture Books:
The Rocket Ship Bed Trip
The Pirate Ship Bed Trip
The Afternoon Moon
and many more books in the works!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in upstate New York. We lived in a imagination fueling farmhouse surrounded by tall climbing trees, tippy-toe trails and soft gurgling brooks. We had a 120 acre farm which grew apple orchards, hay, horses, ponies, continual puppies, dogs and ever giggling, gawky children. I was the youngest of the five children and received a tremendous amount of unworthy attention. I am thankful for my siblings who were are beautifully uncommon in many ways which influences my perceptions and how I write. Being born in such an ideal setting set me on a road on wanting to maintain that pure nature mixed with humor and that gut busting narrative we get from growing up in a big family.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school. You know those feelings we get bombarded with during those years? Oh, those are fun, right? I was much darker then. I wanted to write about telling people what I really thought of them instead of telling them to their faces. For some reason, the only form that could capture these lashings were poems. I love poetry and studied it in college. While in college, I grew a huge crush on Lord Byron (yes, he had been dead for over 200 years, but who cares?) and I wanted to be in his circle of Romantic Poets. Poetry has always come to me much easier than any other kind of writing. But recently, I have branched out in writing a middle-grade book called The Children's Horrible House. It has been so much fun writing and reading over and over and it still makes me laugh! I love to laugh!