Jane Jinn was born on 4th June, 1966, a sunny Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City. An active tomboy who loved to stand on her head and climb anything, she also learned to read at the age of four and a half and could never get to the library often enough. She was never without a story in her head, either, speaking softly to herself while moving her action figures around. Later, she began transferring those adventures to paper as best she could. At first, her enthusiasm for writing far outshone her actual talent, but she kept on.

Jane loved books so much that she even applied to work at the local library at the tender age of twelve, hoping that they would overlook the minimum age requirement in exchange for a hard worker. They didn’t. She applied again at age sixteen, and was overjoyed to be offered a position as a „page“, putting the books back on the shelf. Some months later, she also began her study of the German language, and soon found that it came easily to her (unlike a disastrous encounter with French some years earlier.)

In her senior year, her German teacher announced that he wanted to organise a small exchange program between that high school and a school in northern Germany. Jane immediately signed up for the program and spent three weeks living with a German family and attending a German school. Not every experience there was a happy one, but she came home feeling strongly that she had to go back there. She immediately began to make plans to do so.

Just about the time that she started attending the University of Utah, not far from her home, she also applied for and got an additional job at the library. So began a busy time for Jane, attending courses in the morning, then walking down to work each day. She continued to study German, of course, while trying to major in English and History, and kept her eye on the annual exchange program with the University of Kiel. In March of 1986, she packed her bags, grabbed her beloved typewriter, and got on the plane with a small group of students. They were only planning on staying one semester, but Jane had set her sights much farther than that.

It was the will of the Force that Jane was introduced to a man who wanted to improve his English and was willing to pay for it. The twice-weekly study sessions soon turned into every evening, and three years later, they were married. After another three years of marital bliss, a son was born, named Torben, and another three years after that came Christian. Throughout all this, Jane continued to write stories, improving her technique and actually finishing some of them. She didn’t know that she’d been writing fan fiction all along, she simply felt the desire to put herself (in form of a female character) into her favourite television shows or books, such as Star Trek, Robin of Sherwood, or The Dragonriders of Pern. She’d been a fan of Star Wars, especially of Han Solo, but thought she had left that behind in her teenage years.

Jane was also privileged enough to be in England at the time that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was released there. Already a fan of Ewan MacGregor, she went to see it, and came away wondering if she had wasted her money. She decided eventually that she had not, but just barely. The film, or rather a certain Padawan, fired her imagination, however, and she began work on a story that not only contained an autobiographical female figure (as always) but also explained how Obi-Wan Kenobi got his name Ben. While idly searching the web one day for information to help her in writing the story, she came across a section of a web site labelled Fan Fiction, and was linked from there to the Jedi Council at TheForce.net. After reading many of the stories posted there, Jane decided that she could do that, too. So she did, and now she spends her days trying to balance her desire to write with her desire to be the best mother she can be, not always an easy task.
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