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Signing books at Printers Row in Chicago....largest Midwest book festival.

I believe that most English teachers have a secret desire to write a book during their lifetime -- if lucky, a best seller! Being an English teacher in the Illinois secondary schools for over twenty-five years, I continually yearned to author a novel. Because my family's ancestors included Samuel Langhorn Clemens, I was always encouraged by a special aunt to pursue my love of writing. She, my husband, and my two children were my true inspirations as I started my first novel.

I was born and raised in Pekin, Illinois -- a small Midwest town -- but my love of travel was instilled early in my life. Traveling the United States with my parents, I soon found that I wanted to reach beyond the boundaries of America and explore Europe. In 1973 --having graduated from college and with two years of teaching behind me -- I went abroad. I lived for several years in Holland, which first spirited my love for the charm of the old-world countries of Europe.

When I returned to the United States to start my family, I became a stay-at-home mother with a constant desire to write. Eventually, I returned to the secondary-level English classroom. With a family and a busy career in education, precious little time was left to fulfill my dream of authoring a novel.

However, my desire to travel continued, and my husband and I had wonderful opportunities to chaperone many summer trips abroad with high school students. With more than twenty years of traveling to Europe, I had the knowledge, basis, and inspiration for my first novel, Starlight Laser Express.

Even though I still loved teaching -- and had been honored with Who's Who Among America's Teachers for the years 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005 -- I decided to take early retirement from secondary school teaching in the spring of 2002. Finally, I had time to start writing, work on my Masters in English Composition to further my own education, and continue to travel abroad. In 2004, I started teaching English at Bradley University. Thrilled to be back in education, I now am started on my seventeenth year at Bradley and have tweny-one novels behind me. The fantasy adventure series with J.C. van Winkler as a heroine -- Starlight Laser Express, Ghost of a Chance, A Glimpse of the Netherworld, Destination Disaster, The Bells of Europe, The Patchwork Quilt, A Magical Christmas and more -- has been popular with young people. In addition, my other novels, Murder Times Three and Mission to Murder were released and are the first of several murder mysteries to be published. is a mystery book, published in 2009. In addition to these, I have quite a few creative non-fiction books and historical fiction books -- I Visited Europe and Survived, Transatlantic Journey 1852, Born to Travel, Catch the Watercolored Wind, Europen Roots and Beyond, Prairie Points, and more.

My goal as an educator is to introduce my books to the school districts so that they may incorporate them into their curriculum. Numerous elementary schools and middle schools in the Midwest are using the novel in their classrooms now, and Bradley University in Peoria, IL, has put it into their syllabus for Young Adult Literature.

I am available for special visits, speaking engagements, or workshops for school districts who have introduced their students to Starlight Laser Express, Ghost of a Chance, Glimpse of the Netherworld, Destination Disaster, The Bells of Europe, The Patchwork Quilt, A Magical Christmas. In addition, I would love to hear from the young people reading my novels.

Contact me at janfrazier47@comcast.net or jfrazier@bradley.edu

Book signing at BookExpo in Los Angeles in May, 2003.
Eichleiter Family in Hummersen, Germany

My cousins, the Eichleiters from Hummersen, Germany, during the summer of 2006. I experienced an awesome visit to Lipperland to visit these new-found relatives who will come for a Pollmann Reunion in America in May, 2007. Left to right...Katharina, Jan, Felix, Edith, Peter, and Ruben Eichleiter

The Eichleiters come to America from Hummersen, Germany, for the first Pollman family reunion.
The Gunther and Joachim Dully family in Wilgartswiesen, Germany. I'm related through my great-grandmother. Picture taken summer, 2008.
Most recently, I have been teaching English 300 in London during the J-Term (January Interm) with Bradley University. What an incredible experience this has been. It's a travel writing course, and the students have two essays and twelve travel journals to write along with many projects and readings. It is an incredible experience for not only the students but also for me. Stonehenge is just one of the many, many places that we have visited.
London J-Term class of 2012 on the Thames River
I am obsessed with Michelangelo's magnificent David as seen in Florence, Italy
The incredibly beautiful Greek islands
Historic Stonehenge from B.C., located in England
The golden habor of Copenhagen
Evening in the Greek islands...spectacular
The beautiful, picturesque L'Alsace area of France
Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Windmill and tulip field in Holland
A unique view of the Eiffel Tower.
Amazing Amsterdam at Night
The majestic white Alpine peaks amidst the clouds.
Carpet of tulips covering the fields of Holland