Jayne Rowe Jones grew up in Bangor, Maine, and graduated from Bangor High School and Bowdoin College. During the summers she and her family visited Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park frequently. Jayne remembers standing on the top of Cadillac Mountain and staring at the view of the ocean, the town of Bar Harbor, and the Porcupine Islands and being amazed by the beauty of it all. Jayne also spent a great deal of time at Sand Beach and was brave enough to swim in the cold Atlantic waters. She also loved walking around the town of Bar Harbor, exploring the many shops and watching the boats in the harbor.
After working for admissions at Wellesley College, Jayne eventually became an independent college counselor, working with high school students and helping them in all aspects of the college admissions process. She recently graduated from Lesley University with a Masters in Counseling. Jayne currently works as a high school guidance counselor in Massachusetts.
As a child, Jayne was an avid reader of all types of books but especially enjoyed mysteries and adventure stories. She found that she was always thinking about what would make a good story and eventually tried to turn some of these ideas into movie scripts. It was a friend and former screenplay writing partner, Anne, who suggested that Jayne turn her idea about the Lobster Tale into a book. Jayne worked with another friend, Robin, who served as her first editor and helped move her along in the story. Jayne has already begun working on a sequel to Retsbol Rises in addition to the movie. If anyone wants to make a movie, please contact Jayne directly.
Evelyn and the Peacocks is Jayne’s first children’s book and she is excited about the story and the wonderful illustrations by Maine’s own illustrator, Thomas Block. Jayne actually experienced domesticated peacocks and the thrill they created when they would magically appear in Evelyn’s backyard – a site to behold!
Jayne has two almost grown children and currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband and Baloo, the wonder dog, who looks wonderful in his lobster costume (and soon to be revealed Peacock costume) every Halloween. She also has a lake house in Maine.
Jayne would like to encourage everyone who hasn’t visited Acadia National Park before to do so soon. She guarantees it will be worth the trip!