Jane Sutcliffe was born in Providence, RI, in the days when library fines were a penny. One of her earliest memories was her weekly trip to the local library with her father. She’s loved books ever since.
Jane’s childhood was fairly average. In fact, it was so average that all her friends had pretty much the same childhood. They all went to the same school, and attended the same church on Sundays. Their mothers all called us home to supper at the same time. On weekends they visited grandmothers and aunties who spoke a different language when they didn't want us to understand.
To live any differently seemed exciting and exotic to Jane. She began to read biographies, just to get a peek at how other people lived day to day, In different times and places. When Jane was 10 or 11, she spent a whole year reading nothing but biographies.
She was never interested in sports much, with one exception—the Olympics. Everything about the Olympics appealed to her—the competition, the glory, the pageantry, the honor. So she guesses it was no accident that, years later, when she became a children's writer, her first two books were biographies of Olympic athletes. She was doing her research even then.
Jane has a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's from Penn State University, both in Communication Science. She didn't start writing, however, until she had her two sons, John and Michael. Having children just unlocked her creative spirit. That's why she dedicated her first book to them,
Jane lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, Skip, our sons,
their dog Willy, and assorted cows and goats.