As soon as I understood that books were written by people, I knew I wanted to be a writer. So being a practical as well as an imaginative soul, I spent the next thirty years prepping for the job.
As a kid I read everything I could get my hands on (yes Mom, everything), and in what feels like a big clue in retrospect, quit the basketball team in high school when I was cast for a major part in the school play.
I also understood early that I wasn’t willing to starve for my art (wasn’t willing to starve for anything, for that matter), so I balanced my English Literature degree with a Marketing minor at St. Cloud State University, attended the Denver Publishing Institute, moved to Minneapolis, and landed a “real” job in the publishing industry. There I made a career, first by publishing books for other people, then by writing nonfiction.
For a lot of years, I spent my spare time reading, raising dogs, fine-tuning my forehand on the local tennis courts, and conducting an ongoing love affair with Thai cooking (an affair fully supported and condoned by my husband, by the way).
But I always knew I’d return to writing fiction, my first love—and when I no longer had a decent answer for friends and family who asked me, “Why don’t you write your own book?”—I knew the prep time was over. I had everything I needed: a roof over my head, a loving and supportive husband, and the best dogs in the world at my feet.
I went with what I love—romance. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it.
Jana Otto makes her home in Minneapolis with her husband and dogs. When she’s not typing away at her latest contemporary romance novel, she can be found chasing balls on the tennis court, curled up on the couch with a great book, or experimenting with a new Thai curry recipe.
Jana Otto is an author of contemporary romances. She makes her home in Minneapolis with her husband and dogs.