Jan Walker taught parenting and family relationships classes to adult felons for eighteen years, and used her background and success with incarcerated dads to create a middle-grade novel, An Inmate's Daughter. The book gives readers a realistic look at what children experience when a parent is in prison. It shows what inmate parents can accomplish when they choose to spend their time inside prison learning about themselves and their children.
Jan is the author of Parenting From a Distance, Your Rights and Responsibilities, in use with incarcerated parents since 1987 and reissued in December 2005. Another of her books, Dancing to the Concertina’s Tune: A prison teacher’s memoir, offers readers an honest look at the rhythms of living and working inside both female and male prisons. Through Jan’s eyes, readers see her students as human beings struggling to survive behind bars.
Jan lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, where she is the current president of a writers’ association dedicated to fostering literacy and the writing craft for youth and adults. She weaves forests, mountains, seas and a sense of place into adult and young adult fiction and memoir.
Jenna's mother forbids her to tell her friends that her dad is in prison. Prison reflects on wives and children. Keeping the fact of prison secret becomes more difficult when the newspaper runs a story about Jenna's "Good Samaritan" rescue at the McNeil Island Corrections Center. She just wants to fit in. As Jenna writes in her journal, children of prisoners are doing time too.