Web page: www.janbaynham.blogspot.co.uk
After retiring from a career in teaching and advisory education, Jan joined a small writing group in a local library where she wrote her first piece of fiction. From then on, she was hooked! She soon went on to take a writing class at the local university and began to submit short stories for publication to a wider audience.
Her stories and flash fiction pieces have been longlisted and shortlisted in competitions and several appear in anthologies both online and in print. In October 2019, her first collection of stories, ‘Smashing the Mask and Other Stories’, was published. Her stories started getting longer and longer so that, following a novel-writing course, she began to write her first full-length novel.
She loves being able to explore her characters in further depth and delve into their stories. An author with Ruby Fiction, she writes about family secrets and the bond between mothers and daughters. Partly set in the last year of the 60s, her debut novel, ‘Her Mother’s Secret – The Summer of ‘69’, takes you to sun-drenched Greece, her favourite holiday destination.
Originally from mid-Wales, Jan lives in Radyr, Cardiff with her husband. Having joined the Romantic Novelists Association in 2016, she values the friendship and support from other members and regularly attends conferences, workshops, talks and get-togethers. She is co-organiser of Cariad, her local RNA Chapter, and a member of the Society of Authors.