Have you ever been hit by inspiration? Have you ever acted on creative impulse? Have you ever wanted to be an author, a storyteller, a writer? In this episode, award-winning author and returning diplomat, Jan Von Schleh, shares her journey of living abroad and writing her first book while living in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She also shares her goals and ideas as she departs her lifestyle living around the world for the past two decades and resettling back to the United States. This interview will inspire you and let you know that no matter what stage of life you are in, you can write a book, you can give yourself permission to be who you want to be, and express yourself in new and creative ways.
You can connect with Jan on IG or her website:
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/janvonschleh/?hl=en
Website - https://www.janvonschleh.com/
If you'd like to buy her book, you can find it on Amazon -
Jan Von Schleh was trying bio-feedback one day in Manama, Bahrain, hoping to cool down from the 137-degree heat-index raging outside her desert window. Her feverish thoughts took her to Monte Cristo, an abandoned ghost town in the mountains outside of Seattle, where she and her four brothers used to chase each other around the dark, tangled forest, scaring themselves silly. She was imagining rain-drenched ferns and mossy logs and the deep shade of a majestic evergreen tree, when suddenly she got up and ran to her laptop - and her debut novel, But Not Forever, was born.
There has recently been another wave of toasty weather, resulting in a second book now burning up the keyboard. This one, with some of the same characters, takes up the story a year after her first novel ends.
Jan and her husband and their little Sheltie dog have lived all over the world in fascinating places including Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Turkmenistan, and the Kingdom of Bahrain. They currently reside in the very modern nation of South Korea, where, for the very first time in their foreign service career, there are direct flights home to Seattle. When she’s not writing, she likes to explore ancient buildings wherever she can find them and wonder about the stories they would tell—if only they could talk. She is sure that whatever those stories are, they most probably have to do with love.
Jan's a proud member of the Bahrain Writer's Circle and the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association.