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Jane Straus's Biography

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Happily
Feb 2008

I am a life coach working with individuals, couples, and on radio and TV; the author of a popular self-help book, Enough Is Enough! and a bestselling English book, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation; a keynote speaker and seminar leader, and an aspiring novelist.

In January of 2003 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which began a journey of deeper self-reflection. Not knowing if I would live or die, I asked myself, Is there anything I have been too afraid to do in my life? Any regrets? Although I was grateful for my loving, supportive family and friends and for nourishing, challenging work, I had to admit that, out of fear of rejection and failure, I had avoided writing Enough Is Enough! I had allowed my excuses to dampen my spirit's longings. So I made a pact with myself that if I made it through the surgery and were given a second chance, I would stop listening to my fears and excuses and begin writing.

Thankfully, the brain tumor was successfully removed. The next two years of writing helped me discover the crucial distinction between endurance and perseverance and the wisdom to understand that we are all greater than our fears and more worthy than our to-do lists. This is what Enough Is Enough! is all about.

I also decided to hand over The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, which I had self-published for 30 years and successfully sold over 100,000 copies, to my publisher so that I could concentrate on the following: 1. Enhancing my Web sites (I have the entire contents of The Blue Book online for free.), 2. Producing podcasts and videocasts, 3. Producing my Ask Jane Web/TV program, 4. Traveling to New Orleans to work with Katrina survivors, 5. Writing and getting my novel published, 6. Getting the screenplay of Touched sold and made into a film, 7. Enjoying my loving husband and amazing daughter more.

Influences

Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

Anne Lamott's fiction and nonfiction

Upcoming Works

Touched

Agents

Cathy Fowler of the Redwood Agency

Recommended Links

Publishers

Jossey-Bass