More About the Author
Jan Yager, the former J.L. (Janet Lee) Barkas, grew up in Bayside, Queens, New York, that borough in New York City where musicians Simon & Garfunkle hail from. Jan went away to college, first, to the State University of New York at Buffalo, returning to Queens briefly to study acting at the Gene Frankel Theater Workshop in Manhattan. Jan soon returned to college,finishing up her degree in fine arts at Hofstra University on Long Island.
Writing has been one of Jan's favorite ways to spend her time since her earliest years. she wrote a novel at ten and a full-length play at thirteen. Jan worked on the junior high school and high school newspapers as a reporter. She had her first short story published in her college literary magazine.
Her academic credentials include a doctorate in sociology from The City University of New York Graduate Center. Her dissertation was on friendship patterns. She also has an MA in criminal justice from Goddard College and a year of graduate work in art therapy at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.Since her mmid-twenties, Jan's taught at various college and universities including The New School, Temple University, St. John's University, The New York Institute of Technology, Penn State, and, most recently, the University of Connecticut.
Jan's first published book was THE VEGETABLE PASSION: A HISTORY OF THE VEGETARIAN STATE OF MIND, published by Scribner's in the U.S. and Routledge & Kegan Paul in the UK. Her other nonfiction titles include VICTIMS; WHEN FRIENDSHIP HURTS; FRIENDSHIFTS; WORK LESS, DO MORE (2nd edition); BUSINESS PROTOCOL; GROW GLOBAL; THE FAST TRACK GUIDE TO SPEAKING IN PUBLIC; three novels, THE PRETTY ONE; UNTIMELY DEATH; and JUST YOUR EVERYDAY PEOPLE; as well as children's books, journals, including BIRTHDAY TRACKER & JOURNAL, and poems (IN LOVE AND WORK: Poems).
Jan has worked in the publishing industry over the years beginning with her years in her early twenties in the school division at Macmillan Publishing followed by a year doing everything from editing, acquisitions, foreign rights, permissions, sales, and publicity at Grove Press.
She's traveled and read extensively to research her books. Jan also writes articles, blogs, and business writing, like press releases.
For more on Jan, go to:
http://www.drjanyager.com (her main website)
Over the years, Jan's been published by major houses including Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, Prentice-Hall, Facts on File, and other companies. She's been translated into 30 languages. In 1996, she founded the small press, Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. (http://www.hannacroixcreekbooks.com)
She's been on author tours throughout the U.S. as well as internationally throughout the UK, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Talk shows that have asked Jan to appear to share her insights include THE VIEW, OPRAH, the TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA,CNN,and other programs.
Jan's married to communications executive and fellow author Fred Yager. They have two grown sons and a grandson.
"I'm often asked what book I've written that I've enjoyed writing the most. That's such a hard question to answer! Of course I have my favorites, but it's also the new book that I'm working on that I'm most excited about since it's still taking shape. Each book represents its own challenges. It is so rewarding when a reader shares with me how one of my books provided new insights or, in the case of my fiction, poetry, or children's book, was enjoyable and memorable."
Jan's co-authored several screenplays with her husband Fred including a romantic comedy, two thrillers, and a buddy movie. Her dream is to get one of their screenplays produced as well as to see her full-length play, BETWEEN FRIENDS, produced.