In addition to children's stories, Jan Day is
the author of published short fiction and poetry. She was a co-winner for an
original teleplay at the Hawaii International Film Festival, was awarded
first place for her children's play A Piece of Cherry Pie, which was
produced in New Orleans. Her short fiction has been published in Tropic,
the Miami Herald's literary magazine, and her poetry was most recently
published in The Bamboo Ridge Anthology. Ms. Day's first children's book,
The Pirate, Pink was an International Reading
Association/Children's Book Council “Children's Choices” selection.
Ms. Day has participated in
children's publishing panels at the Miami Book Fair, Martin County Library's
Book Mania, Naples Book Fair, and the Amelia Island Book Festival, as well as
the Arizona and Florida chapters of the Society for Children's Book Writers and
Illustrators. A founding member of the Arizona Book Publishers Association and a
current board member of the Publishers Association of South, Ms. Day speaks on
children's book publishing and has also done author presentations in schools and
for associations such as the Florida Reading Association and the Florida
Association of Media Educators.
Jan Day grew up in Cuba, Illinois, an island in the middle of
cornfields, but always dreamed of adventures at sea, just like Pink. She has
since lived in many places, including New York, Arizona, Hawaii, Louisiana, New
Mexico, and Florida, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.