Jane was born in Columbia, South Carolina, November third, 1942. Her father was an Episcopal priest, and served as a chaplain in World War II, and since Fort Jackson was his initial assignment, that's why the family settled there. Her family lived in Columbia until Jane was in sixth grade, and moved to Jacksonville, Florida, during that school year. Since she grew up in the Jacksonville area, graduating from Landon High School in 1960, she considers Florida home.
    Jane attended Florida State University for two years, got married in 1962, had three children (Rob, Gracie, and Fred), and then went back to college, this time at the University of South Carolina (since her husband's job relocated the family to Columbia), graduating with a B.A. Degree in 1973. The family moved back to Florida that same year, and Jane began a teaching career that lasted 38 years. She taught most subjects and all grade levels over the years, but most of her focus was in the area of English/Language Arts, especially writing. Jane has an incredible love of learning, and continued her own studies, graduating (again!) with both a Masters Degree (in 1979) and a Doctorate (in 1995) from the University of North Florida. (So she's Dr. White.)
    Jane is now retired from teaching, focusing on writing full time, and thoroughly enjoying finally having the freedom to devote to it, rather than frantically fitting it in during vacations. She fully believes her second career was well worth the wait!