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Jan Welborn-Nichols really was born in Peculiar, Missouri. Now that she lives in Bloomington Illinois she is near to Normal, the town next door. Jan was a chubby kid who survived a trying adolescence of bad skin, ugly glasses, and plus size clothes. She has been an opera singer, a cubicle drudge, a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, an entrepreneur, and is the owner of Market Arts.


Background Information

I’ve always loved read.  After all, that’s what shy, chubby kids do. But before I learned to be uncomfortable in my own skin, I was quite the performer. Our local cafe had miniature juke boxes at each vinyl-covered booth. Whenever someone played a song I would get up and whirl around the tables. You couldn't really call it dancing, but it was cool. People threw money, well pennies and the occasional nickel. It was only much later that I realized they were paying me to stop ... but I didn't. 

Beyond the steady march of books in my life, there has always been music. And it is music that informs my writing: voice, tone, phrasing, rhythm, cadence, crescendo, theme and variation. Instead of an MFA, my graduate degree was in voice performance. After many years as a starving artist (not that you could tell by looking) I stumbled into marketing.

In time, I started my own creative services firm, developing dynamic brands on behalf of business clients. Still, my highest form of praise for any kind of writing is that it "sings" to me. I sincerely hope that my book sings to its readers.

My favorite childhood book was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. It thrilled me with the idea of alternate realities, dimensional travel, and a heroine who was much more than she realized.  In my early teens, I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring trilogy. The language, the sound and shape of the words in my mouth, and the mythic scope of the story is as vivid today as it was on first reading.

It is a fine thing to be a storyteller. There is music in every word.

Birth Place
Bloomington, MI United States
Accomplishments

Best reader, first grade. It's been a long, dry spell since unless you count awards for ad copy and web site design from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in 2010 and 2011.

Additional Information

Henrietta Sharp and the Magic Lunch Box, a fantasy adventure for kids ages 10-12 and the significant adults is coming to an eReader near you in March 2012.

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Henrietta Sharp and the Magic Lunch Box
A chubby 12-year-old deals with mean girls at school, a brand new super power, and an intergalactic villain who wants to take over the taste buds of humanity. With her two best friends and a most unusual guide, Henrietta Sharp must overcome her self-doubt and learn to wield her power without losing her humanity.

Market Arts Creative
Market Arts Creative offers brand development and marketing services to business clients.

Conversations With Juice
A blog about the business of being creative.

Conversations with Creative Minds
A podcast that explores the practical application of creativity.




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