Jane Christmas' writing has earned a devoted international following since the release in 2002 of The Pelee Project: One Woman's Escape from Urban Madness. It was the first in a series of best-selling travel memoirs, and was followed by What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Mid-Life Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Greystone Books, 2007), and Incontinent on the Continent: My Mother, her Walker, and our Grand Tour of Italy (Greystone Books, 2009). Her latest, And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life, will be published by Greystone Books in September, 2013.
Born and raised in Toronto, Jane was eight years of age when she threaded a piece of paper into a Smith-Corona typewriter, and forged a note from her parents in order to get out of gym class. It worked, and a writer was born. After graduating from Carleton University in Ottawa, Jane worked her way through the editing ranks of various newsrooms, such as The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, and National Post, and supplemented her income by writing columns and feature articles.
She eventually found her writing voice—direct, funny, and insightful—when she moved to Pelee Island, Ontario, (pop. 180) one winter, and wrote a series of columns for the National Post about disconnecting from urban life. The experience became the basis for The Pelee Project in 2002.
Her books have been published in Canada, the U.S. Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Portugal earning her a devoted worldwide readership. In 2014, And Then There Were Nuns was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour and for the Word Awards.
Jane is the mother of three grown children, and now lives in England.