Jane Wood was born in Astoria, Oregon, a community rich in Scandinavian heritage. Jane’s family moved to Cocoa, Florida, when she was ten. She grew up near Cape Canaveral and watched America’s journey into space first-hand. During two of her college summers, she worked at the Kennedy Space Center.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a major in history and a minor in English. She taught junior high and high school in Central Florida, but left the classroom when her first son, Jonathan, was born. Three years later, along came Brian.
Jane remained a “stay-at-home mom” while her sons were growing up in Jacksonville, Florida. She was involved in school parent groups, Boy Scout activities, and their athletic associations.
When the boys were older, Jane wrote for a local newspaper for three years. After earning a Masters degree in Education in 1988, she was hired by the local cable company as the Educational Programming Coordinator and was later promoted to Community Affairs Manager. During her 12 years there, she produced numerous television shows relating to education, including many that involved local youngsters in the productions.
Jane has also been involved in many international activities in her community. She was active in the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association for many years and served on the board of directors for Sister Cities International for six years. She has traveled to three of Jacksonville’s sister cities in Russia, China, and France.
Jane has been an active member of the Florida Authors & Publishers Association since 2013. She served as that organization’s President in 2017-2018, and remains active on FAPA’s board of directors.
Jane lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband Terry. They like to travel and spend time with their family and friends.
Jane Wood is a member of the following Professional Associations & Groups
News & Updates
IBPA Member Spotlight: IBPA Affiliate Florida Authors & Publishers Association
Sept. 19, 2019
IBPA is proud to be affiliated with 20 regional and specialty independent publishing associations across the United States. IBPA members find that networking within these groups benefits their success in the independent publishing industry, and helps them build connections on a more local level.
Featured Author on SWFL Online News
Feb. 18, 2019
SWFL Online News
In this week’s edition of “Between the Covers,” we feature multiple award-winning author, Jane R. Wood.
Jane Wood is no stranger to speaking in front of audiences. She is a former teacher and has a natural way of connecting with her young readers. In fact, this weekend, Jane was on hand at the Amelia Island Book Festival teaching students again, but this time as a hand-picked featured author for the county’s Literacy Day.
Good news: Jacksonville author’s latest book receives Mom’s Choice Award
April 3, 2015
The Florida Times-Union
One of Jane Wood’s books traveled to Duval County classrooms last year. And the characters in her latest, Lost in Boston, traveled north to the Massachusetts capital. Wood’s fifth book in her juvenile fiction series for grades 3-5 was released this year.
Teacher-turned-author Inspires Middle Schoolers to Take Action for the Environment
April 9, 2012
Author Jane Wood has a fascination for history, a deep lover of nature and a mission to inspire children to learn about their communities and want them to make a difference in the world around them. Currently at work on her fifth book in a series targeted to kids nine through fourteen, Jane is buoyed by the response to her previous works. Story on page 16.
Read, Write, Repeat
June 10, 2012
Jane Wood’s book featured in Jacksonville Magazine, June 2012 – An article entitled “Read, Write, Repeat” discusses how Jane Wood’s book Trouble on the St. Johns River was used by a group of third graders to learn about ecology. It also profiles Jane’s involvement with a company, Get Book Savvy, that she and fellow author Frances Keiser created to help aspiring authors get their books published. Story on pages 36-37.
Mandarin Authors to Share Book Publishing Secrets
September 8, 2011
The Florida Times-Union
Mandarin resident Jane Wood is a fun lady. When not speaking in schools, researching new projects or writing, the juvenile fiction author specializes in capturing the imagination through stories packed with mystery, adventure and humor.
Wood’s books – Ghosts on the Coasts: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country, Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure, Trouble on the St. Johns River and Voices in St. Augustine – have been a hit with young readers everywhere.