Central Valley

Besides providing more than half of the nuts fruits and vegetables grown in the United States, the Central Valley of California has a rich history and culture, tied in very tightly with the culture of the laborers and farmers who comprise much of the population. Currently, it is home to more than 7 million people. LEARN MORE


An area with a rich cultural and historical background, our neighbor to the south is inextricably connected with California. Jane’s love affair with this country began when she was young, and continues to this day. LEARN MORE

Novel Genres

Explore the genres evident in Jane’s work, from the harsh edge of crime thrillers, to the deceptively serene background provided by small-town and rural environments. LEARN MORE


Cooking has long been a passion of mine, and over the years I’ve collected a slew of recipes. Of course, many of these reflect my interest in and history with our neighbors to the south.

There’s nothing like the heady combination of good food, good wine (or substitute the beverage of your choice), and stimulating conversation with close friends.

With centuries of tradition upon which to draw, there are so many choices. Sometimes the question becomes: “Where to start?” So, here are a few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! LEARN MORE