Meet Jane Smart

Jane Smart could never seem to get her head out of the clouds. She pretended she was magic like Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie and Samantha from Bewitched. Watching I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched and cartoons was how Jane escaped her crappy reality of  living with her obnoxious brothers and her too busy parents.

On a hot summer day when she was seven, a family friend gave Jane’s mother a couple of grocery bags filled with “Humpty Dumpty” magazines. Jane says, “Mom gave those magazines to me and not my brothers. I found a new escape. I could read anytime, anywhere.” She scoured every “Humpty Dumpty”  magazine over the summer until she exhausted her stash.

During her elementary school years, Jane got into trouble for telling tall tales and writing exaggerated stories.  In middle school, a couple of her English teachers told Jane she couldn’t write. Jane says, “I found F’s scrawled on my stories and essays and got C’s in English. The sad part was that I believed my teachers–and gave up writing.”

At the age of 13, Jane sneaked in her parents’ room and stole  some of  her dad’s books such as  The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,

Papillion, and unauthorized biographies of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.  The biggest discovery Jane made was that “anyone could improve her life by  programming the subconscious mind. Reading  The Power of Your Subconscious Mind was like having a magic wand at my disposal. Reading about other people’s sexual encounters and exploits in black and white shocked me. Did people actually publish books with sex in them? Remember I was only 13.”

 Like so many other people, Jane gave up before she got started, but she continued reading; not the literary stuff–those classical books were for literary and writing snobs.  After all, she couldn’t write.  However, Jane continued reading nonfiction and some fiction; she kept her writings in secret journals.

December 12, 2011, Jane finally freed herself from her childhood beliefs and other people’s opinions. She began writing her first novel.  Jane states, “I shall continue this writing journey–however many rewrites and rejections it takes. I’ve turned my major goals into many bite-sized chunks. Coming out of the Writers Closet has been one of the most liberating life experiences to date.”

Jane Smart’s twitter name is WordUniverse. You can also email her at JaneSmartWrites@gmail.com.

 

3 Responses to “Meet Jane Smart”

  1. Kirsten January 31, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    This is an awesome bio, and with each paragraph I read I smiled more.
    Why, you ask? Because my story is so similar to yours–writing in high school, journaling through college and beyond, and now, here I am, with a story I just have to write.

    May both our writing journeys have a happy ending!

  2. Subhan Zein May 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Janet,

    It’s great to find another aspiring writer! Keep writing and one day the door will open for you. 🙂

    I had a joyful ride in your blog; feel free to visit mine! Thank you and have a great weekend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    • never2late2write May 19, 2012 at 4:54 am #

      Thanks Subhan. I promise I’ll visit your blog. I’m almost finished with my turbo charge life–things will be calming down very soon. I have a lot of blog reading and catching up to do.

      Janet

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