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Ana leads creative writing workshops in the Napa Valley, the City of Sonoma and on Zoom. She’s a member of the Witness Protection Program Poets and runs the FUNdaMentalists, the social and educational arm of the WPPP. The founder of JAM Manuscript Consulting, Ana coaches writers, assists in developing projects and copyedits.
When Ana isn’t helping other writers, she reviews favorite author’s books, showcases student work, posts on writing craft and the business of writing at Building a Better Story. She’s currently at work on her next chapbook and the fourth JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure. Her memoir of living in Mexico is scheduled for completion this year.
Ana has 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 (in four volumes) set against the backdrop of organized crime. She blogs about her transformative experiences living in Mexico, Saints and Skeletons, which can be read at www.saintsandskeletons.com.
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 former Treasurer of CWC branches, Redwood Writers and Napa Valley Writers, among other board positions. Ana was awarded the Helene S. Barnhardt award for service to the writing community.
She 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 and participated on panels.