Jane Cleland, Corporate Trainer and Author
Jane K. Cleland is an accomplished American author, recognized most prominently for her cozy mystery series featuring Josie Prescott, an antiques dealer turned amateur detective. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Cleland fostered a passion for storytelling from an early age, a trait that has proven instrumental in her successful writing career.
Before she made her mark in the world of literature, Cleland undertook a diverse range of professional endeavors, acquiring valuable experience across various industries. A graduate of the University of Denver with a BA in English and Theatre, Cleland later earned her MBA in strategic management from Babson College.
Her early career saw her in various roles across top-tier business firms. A dynamic and resourceful professional, Cleland has held marketing, communications, and strategic planning roles, imbuing her with the practical skills and knowledge that would later inform aspects of her writing. Her keen understanding of the corporate world has been mirrored in several of her novels, which often incorporate elements of business and strategic planning within their narrative arcs.
Cleland’s debut in the literary world came with the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series. The series, centered around protagonist Josie Prescott, explores the intriguing world of antiques and collectibles. As a former high-powered New York City auction house employee who relocates to New Hampshire to set up her own antiques appraisal business, Josie’s character embodies Cleland’s knack for combining business acumen with narrative intrigue.
Cleland’s writing style, characterized by her engaging narrative and meticulous attention to detail, has garnered considerable acclaim, both from critics and readers. Her clever use of the cozy mystery format, which typically eschews graphic violence and explicit content, allows Cleland to delve deeply into character development and intricate plotting. This unique approach to storytelling has led to Cleland’s books being described as ‘cozies with an edge,’ a testament to her ability to bring tension and suspense into her work while remaining within the cozy mystery framework.
In addition to her popular mystery series, Cleland has also made a significant contribution to the field of literary craft with books such as “Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot” and “Mastering Plot Twists.” These informative guides offer budding writers a treasure trove of practical advice on constructing engaging narratives. “Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot” and “Mastering Plot Twists” were each awarded the prestigious Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction, a testament to their quality and usefulness.
Beyond her work as a writer, Cleland maintains an active role within the literary community. She is a faculty member for the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, where she shares her extensive writing expertise with the next generation of storytellers. She also chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award program, part of the Wolfe Pack’s annual literary award events, further demonstrating her commitment to supporting and recognizing upcoming talent in the field. Cleland also lectures at Lehman College.
Despite her numerous professional commitments, Cleland maintains a balanced personal life. She resides in New York City with her husband and beloved cat, often taking time away from her busy schedule to explore the city she now calls home. An avid lover of antiques, she is known to spend her free time hunting for hidden treasures in antique shops, a hobby that no doubt provides further inspiration for her writing.
A multi-talented author and dedicated educator, Jane K. Cleland continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of cozy mysteries and beyond. Her passion for storytelling, coupled with her professional experiences, lend a distinctive flair to her writing that captivates readers and continues to contribute significantly to the literary landscape.