Jane Zimmermann


I am fortunate that my life is filled with wonderful people and I am grateful that I have been able to experience many wonderful things. Whether it is visiting the Tiger's Nest in Bhutan, kayaking on the Rivanna River, or simply walking my dog, Fred, around the block, I am amazed by the world around me and I want to share this amazement with my readers. I also love a good mystery! So my stories are a combination of my wonder and joy of life with a plot that thickens...

I have been a teacher, a stock broker, an accountant, a property manager, and a technical writer, among other things. I spent 13 years in Germany and I have lived in New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Vermont, Georgia, Tennessee and now Virginia. I embrace different people and ideas and I love to be outside. I now live in Central Virginia and I spend my days writing, gardening, cooking, walking my dog (who is very old now) and paddle boarding. The stand-up paddleboard is my new favorite.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Harry Potter Series, the Dune books, The Fountainhead, and a book called In The Eye of the Storm.

All of the authors of these books create characters who face challenges with which we can all identify. Their stories represent the struggle between right and wrong, and good and evil; and perhaps most importantly, they show us that nobody is all good or all bad, and that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide variety of books, including books by other young adult authors. I love Amanda Hocking. I just read a great book by Karen Cushman. I read cooking magazines and investment reports, too. Before I traveled to Bhutan last year, I read several books on the history and culture of the country. I plan on taking my niece to Ireland in the Spring of 2016, so I will probably read a lot about that country before we go.
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Where to find Jane Zimmermann online

Where to buy in print


Talking Leaves
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,980. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Something is happening in Dunnellon and these teens are about to discover what it is. Erin and Dakota Harris are coping with the recent loss of their mother when they meet Audrey Conroy, a sophisticated 14 year-old reluctantly uprooted from her urban world to this quaint country town. Talking Leaves is a story about friendship, history, mystery and more…
Talking Italian
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,970. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Best friends Erin and Audrey are thrilled when they travel with Audrey’s parents on a business trip to Italy, but the real excitement starts when they return to the States and discover that their Italian adventure is not yet over. Chance meetings and odd coincidences entangle the teenagers in a mystery that spans continents and centuries. History, mystery, friendship & more...
Talking Waters
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,910. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Adventure » General
Erin Audrey and Dakota find themselves unraveling a mystery that spans hundreds of years. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, boys on skateboards, snooty wealthy twins and an amazing archaeological discovery all play a role in our heroes’ summer adventure. Talking Waters is a story about history, mystery, friendship & more...

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