Fun facts:

  • Jan Underwood has lived in five countries and all the time zones in the U.S. (except Hawaii)

  • she speaks fluent Spanish, decent French, passable Italian and execrable German

  • at one time in her life, she could sit on her hair 

  • ​she learned to juggle using balled-­up socks

  • she is not at all afraid of heights or spiders, but she is somewhat afraid of authority figures



Jan Underwood lives in Portland, Oregon, which, with its endless rains and offbeat culture, has inspired the magic realist cities in her books. She has taught for more than 20 years at Portland Community College. 

In addition to fiction, Underwood writes essays, poetry and  daily haikus. Follow her blog at and her haikus on Twitter at writerunderwood.



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