Jan Powell grew up on Florida’s space coast, and attended the University of South Florida earning a Speech/English degree with a performance emphasis. She has spoken to small groups at weekend retreats during the last fifteen years. In the early 1980s Jan owned a Christian bookstore in Gainesville. In the late 1990s she wrote part-time for Animal Tales, a spin-off of The Jack Hanna Show. She has been a small business owner for over twenty years. Additionally, she leads one-day retreats. Through writing and speaking, she encourages others to overcome adversity and find laughter in life. She resides in north Tampa with her rescue cat.