Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and IMBA bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, which includes eleven novels published by St. Martin’s Minotaur, and two short stories and a novella published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The twelfth novel in the series, Antique Blues, will be out in April 2018. The short story, “Night Flight to Bali,” will be published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in September, 2017.
The Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series has been reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Library Journal named Consigned to Death a “core title” for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.
Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including articles for Writer’s Digest Magazine and the bestselling and Agatha Award-winning how-to book, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, published by Writer’s Digest Books. Her next how-to book, also for Writer’s Digest Books, is called Mastering Plot Twists. Other nonfiction titles include Business Writing for Results (McGraw Hill) and Putting First What Matters Most, (NAL/Penguin Putnam). In addition, she has scripted and presented two training videos on business communication topics.
Jane also chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards, granted in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a past chapter president of the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter and served on the national board as well. Additionally, Jane is the host of the Writer’s Room, a series of interviews with today’s bestselling crime fiction authors that appear on cable television and online, and she speaks frequently at writing conferences, association meetings, and universities.
Jane has both an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). She is a member of the fulltime faculty at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, where she is also the director of the Program for Professional Communications. She also mentors MFA students in Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative & Professional Writing program.
Additionally, Jane has more than 25 years’ experience as a curriculum developer, workshop facilitator, and corporate trainer. She has developed content and facilitated workshops for scores of writing conferences, associations, libraries, corporations, non-profit organizations, universities, and government agencies throughout North America, as well as organizations in Europe and Asia.
Specifically, Jane has led workshops and developed training programs for:
- Writing conferences, such as Writer’s Digest (New York City), Sleuthfest (Florida), Willamette Writers Conference (Oregon), Permian Basin Writers Workshop (Texas), Deadly Ink (New Jersey), Malice Domestic (Maryland), CozyCon (Arizona), Writer’s Weekend Escape (Massachusetts), and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (Chicago)
- Associations and literary societies, including: the Jane Austen Society, Sisters in Crime, the Wolfe Pack, and Mystery Writers of America’s New York, New England, and Florida chapters, among dozens of others
- Libraries and library associations, such as: the New York Public Library, Tomball Library (Texas), Robson Library (Arizona), Eastchester Library (New York), Los Angeles Public Library, Westport Library (Connecticut), and the American Library Association Conference, and the New York Library Association.
- Corporations and professional associations, including: American Express, Pepsi, Pfizer, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Zenith Media, OMD, DAS, the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the American Management Association, the Hong Kong Bureau of Trade, and the Singapore Health Promotion Board, for example.
- Universities, such as: the Universities of Toledo (Ohio), Clemson (South Carolina), and Ulster (U.K.), Western Connecticut State University (MFA program), and the University of Southern Maine/Stonecoast (MFA program)