Liz Jansen

Biography

Niagara native Liz Jansen was born into a German Mennonite culture, the granddaughter of Russian refugees. Since she began riding a motorcycle at age sixteen, she’s logged hundreds of thousands of miles of mostly solo riding across Canada and the United States. While Liz enjoys the rugged beauty of Ontario’s northern wilderness, she has a particular fondness for the open expanses of the Canadian prairies and Midwestern plains.

Liz is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Non-Fiction Authors Association, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and the Independent Book Publishers Association. Crash Landing is her third book. She lives in Ontario with her cat, Measha, and Trudy, her Triumph Tiger motorcycle.

Smashwords Interview

What do you consider to be your greatest 3 accomplishments either in in your personal or professional life?
1. Getting over my phobias of flying and cats. Both used to strike terror in my heart. Now I love2 cats and tolerate flying.
2. Leaving my marriage and then my corporate career eight months later (2002/2003). As my spirit awakened, both decisions were part of the same overhaul, and necessary for me to thrive.
3. Completing the quest I wrote about in Crash Landing. It reconnected me with who I am.
How did you morph from your corporate/nursing career to writer of self discovery-type books?
Nursing was my first career and I entered without giving it much thought. After working in hospitals for five years, I morphed into occupational health and safety and from there into corporate human resources, and training and development. It took many years for me to realize the roles I was in weren’t a fit. Once I let my heart have a voice, everything changed, but aside from the dramatic transitions in my marriage and career, which were catalysts, the rest was an evolution.

I've always been an ardent motorcyclist. I started my new life doing motorcycle tours, with the intent on creating the space for others to experience the same expansion, confidence, and personal power I became aware of through riding. Those assets don’t disappear when you get off the motorcycle and I became aware of a deep desire to help others discover their gifts.

The writing came unexpectedly and I have two people to thank for getting me started: Claude Aumont gave me a chance to write for Ontario Tourism/Destination Ontario, and Mark Richardson, then an editor with the Toronto Star, kindly published an article I wrote. It took years for me to find my writing voice.
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Where to find Liz Jansen online


Where to buy in print


Series

Books

Crash Landing: The Long Road Home
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,570. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Transportation » Motorcycles
In Crash Landing, a sixty-year-old Liz Jansen sets out on a solo motorcycle quest across the Americas, seeking to understand how the experiences of her ancestors had shaped her. Three weeks later, a catastrophic crash in Alberta farmland changes her course, but not her journey. Crash Landing is a compelling, adventurous, and poignant narrative showing how the heart always knows the way home.
Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 78,560. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Transportation » Motorcycles
Using her own story as a framework, Liz Jansen provides first-hand accounts of the transformational power of motorcycles. Stories from forty- nine other women, with diverse backgrounds and varied riding experiences, are lashed onto that framework and enhance the core message: that by embracing our authentic self and accepting our limitations, we move beyond what we ever dreamt was possible.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Where the Road Meets Spirit
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,470. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
A compilation of the twelve individual Life Lessons from Motorcycle books. Drawn from hundreds of thousands of miles of riding over more than four decades, the 900 life lessons are highly personal, timeless, and often repeated in creative ways. The true beauty of motorcycles, as any rider knows, is that they connect you with Spirit and ultimately with yourself.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy-Five Tips for Defining Your Brand
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 12. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
We immediately form opinions of the motorcycle—and its rider—based on whether it’s a BMW, Yamaha, Honda, Harley-Davidson, or Ducati. Not only do you run impressions of people and things through your own filter and assign them a brand, you also label yourself based on expectations that have been assigned to you. With insightful examples, the author shows how to redefine your brand at any time.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy-Five Tips for Clearing Your Vision
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 11. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,930. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Learning to use your vision to control your direction is the first lesson new motorcycle riders are taught. The same principles apply to life and for the same reason: you’re drawn to where you’re looking. Unless you know where you’re going, how can you expect to get there? Drawn from the symbolism of riding, these tips show you how to do it.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy Five Tips for Thriving Through Holistic Nutrition
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 10. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Holistic nutrition is derived not only from the food you eat, but also from community, meditation, wisdom, sensuality, and play. A healthy diet now paves the way for a healthy future. Not only do you feel better, but it can prevent illnesses that hold you back from your potential—and your dreams. You feed your motorcycle only the highest quality ingredients. Why do anything less for yourself?
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy Five Tips for Maintaining Body, Mind, and Soul
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 9. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Drawn from the symbolism of motorcycles, this book offers parallels on the importance of caring for body, mind, and soul. While many people cringe at the thought of picking up a tool, learning a few basics exposes how simple maintenance can be. Beyond the benefits of the mechanical education, the insights you discover about yourself change your perspective on your own hors
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy Five Tips for Connecting Through Communication
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
The immediacy and potential severity of the outcome when you misinterpret or ignore signs when you ride make your motorcycle an excellent teacher of effective communication skills—skills that help you connect with other people as well. Learn their life lessons and enrich your life.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy Five Tips for Mastering Your Controls
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
While you don’t come with throttle, clutch, or brakes, there are direct parallels and lessons on how to manage your power from motorcycle riding. Apply the symbolism from motorcycle controls to understanding what controls your thoughts, emotions, and actions through reflection, meditation, and time alone.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy-Five Tips for the Face in the Mirror
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Using the symbolism of motorcycle mirrors, and their role in keeping safety, self-awareness and maintaining perspective, this book provides practical tips based on self-reflection.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy Five Tips for Staying Grounded
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Life lessons from motorcycles that form a solid foundation upon which to establish a practice that keeps you grounded, balanced, and living from a place of power.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy-Five Tips for Generating Epic Energy
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Insights and practical wisdom using the symbolism and lessons from motorcycling to maximize your energy.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy-Five Tips for Unleashing Your Power
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
A motorcycle’s engine holds a tremendous amount of power—more than most of us come close to using. But just because it’s capable of performing at a certain level doesn’t mean it always will. We too have more power than we ever use. Using that power means trusting that it’s there, caring holistically for our being, making wise choices, understanding what blocks our power, and discovering ho
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy-Five Tips for Enjoying Robust Relationships
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
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From love at first sight to long term bliss, motorcycles teach us how to create and enjoy robust relationships. One need look no further than the relationship between motorcycle and rider to glimpse what is as close to a perfect relationship as there is. It has to be. Aside from the initial passion that draws them together, learning to work together is a matter of survival.
Life Lessons from Motorcycles - Seventy-Five Tips for Being in Balance
Series: Life Lessons from Motorcycles, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,850. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
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Insights and practical wisdom using the symbolism and lessons from motorcycling to maintain balance in all aspects of life.

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