Jana Lynn Shellman, a resident and native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, grew up on a farm near South Whitley, Indiana, and has lived in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Huntington Beach and Orange County in Southern California as well. She is divorced mother of one son. She worked for many years as a paralegal.
In addition to The Wish Factory: How to Make Wishes Come True, an award-winning inspirational book, and its sequel Winning at Wishing, she has written the first novel of a mystery series, Don’t Ask For Rules, with the main character, Poppy Hannah, and is working on the second novel in the series, Don’t Ask Twice, and has the third in the series, Don’t Ask Again, is plotted. She is working as well on a women's adventure historical novel set in Indiana in 1812. She compiled a Shawnee Language Dictionary, and a diet book based on native diet, entitled Flat Belly’s Diet, (Flat Belly was Chief Papakeechee of the Miami). Jana has also written a full-length comedy movie script entitled Egg Money, a one-act play Rockin, and numerous short stories. She has converted The Wish Factory, into a script for an animated feature film.
She has lead an interesting life, taking a year and a half side-trip out of her thirty-year career as a paralegal, pursuing an adventure as an over-the-road truck driver, driving eighteen-wheelers from coast to coast. As well, she is an artist, working in oils and in pottery. Other adventures have seen her working as a waitress, as the owner of an art gallery and the owner of a sign painting business; as well jumping from an airplane into the California desert to cure her fear of heights. She has observed those who love their jobs have wonderful stories to tell about their jobs. She has many more stories to tell. It is, then, not unusual, that she took on the challenging job of self-publishing The Wish Factory.
She received her education in Communications, Marketing and Advertising Design at the University of Illinois. Her continuing education has consisted of obtaining a real estate license, numerous creative writing seminars and classes, paralegal courses.
Presently she teaches a Writing Course on Characterization at www.WritersCollege.com She published the first edition of The Wish Factory and established Threadbare Publishing Company, her books and those of others, while she dealt with the problems in the law office sometimes consuming up to seventy-five hours per week. She has also been published in a compilation How the Pros Do It, published August 1, 1999.