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Living in the funky Florida Keys, Jana Vandelaar has been a popular columnist for The Reporter since 2011 and a regular contributor for the award winning UNWIND magazine. In her younger days, she worked as a flight attendant, which meant traveling to exotic places until her hips got too wide to fit through the airplane aisles comfortably. This prompted her to take an early retirement in 2013 and write full-time,cranking out a few romance novels, some children’s books and a mystery – in addition to her column. Although these are obviously different genres, Jana manages to keep her relatable sense of humor in all.

In her spare time, Jana pretends to be a jock and sneaks in some fun sports like scuba diving. As a matter of fact, news stations around the world have shown clips of her competing (and winning) in Amoray’s Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contests over the years. Even her pumpkin carvings are funny enough to somehow spark media attention as far away as India for a day or two. Born and raised in Colorado,she also escapes to Winter Park, Colorado and manages to make it down a ski slope – usually with a shot of Schnapps first.

Jana’s life is as colorful as her stories and she is the first to say she writes instead of paying for therapy. Each story, from her short 800-word articles in The Reporter, to her wacky mystery adventure series, is spiced with true experiences embellished just enough to make her readers walk away with a chuckle each time.


You can now follow Jana on Instagram and even hashtag her books too! #JanaVandelaar