A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to
write fiction.

Virginia Woolf

Ana teaches creative writing and autobiographical writing through Napa Valley College in St. Helena, California, and privately. She is the founder of JAM Manuscript Consulting where she coaches writers, assists in developing projects and copyedits.

When Ana isn’t helping other writers, she posts book reviews and tips on writing craft and the business of writing at Building a Better Story. Her most recent project is a novel of family dysfunction and forgiveness told through four voices and three generations. She’s branded cattle in Hollister, lived on houseboats, consulted brujos, visited every California mission, worked for a PI, swum with dolphins, and out-run gun totin’ maniacs on lonely Mexican highways—the inspiration for The JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures, a trilogy set against the backdrop of organized crime. She blogs about her transformative experiences living in Mexico, Saints and Skeletons, which can be read at

In addition to writing, editing and teaching, Ana is active in the writing community. Currently she sits on the board of Sisters in Crime Northern California where she holds the position of Treasurer. She is the past Treasurer, Membership Chair and Program Chair of CWC Redwood Writers and is active in the newly formed CWC branch, Napa Valley Writers. Ana is the 2011 recipient of the Helene S. Barnhardt award for service to the writing community.

Ana holds a B.A. in English and Education and an M.A. in Linguistics: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. She has attended the Tomales Bay Writers Conference and several Left Coast Crime conferences where she has moderated panels.