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.
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