About Me

Published Works






Jan Fields

Mailing Address:

9 Arrowhead Drive
Ledyard, CT 06339

Summary of Qualifications:

  • Writing: Published writer of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults in magazines and books. Also, passage writing for educational testing.
  • Editing: Editor of two electronic newsletters for children’s writers – Kid Magazine Writers eMagazine (2004-2012) and Children’s Writers eNews.
  • Internet: Familiar with basic HTML. Web editor for the Institute of Children’s Literature, 2010 - 2015.


  • B.A. University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, 1983 – Journalism
  • Professional Memberships - Member, SCBWI

Publication History:

  • 2015 ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW HOLLYWOOD MOVIES GET MADE (21st Century Skills Library), Nonfiction, Cherry Lake Publishing
  • 2015 GHOST LIGHT BURNING (Up2U Adventures 2), a choose your own ending book, ABDO GROUP
  • 2014 MONSTER HUNTERS -- Middle Grade Fantasy series, ABDO GROUP
    • Search for Bigfoot
    • Chase the Chupacabra
    • Hunt for Sewer Gators
    • Tame Tahoe Tessie
      [Four more books coming in 2016]
  • 2014 MERI'S MIRROR -- Middle Grade Fantasy series, ABDO GROUP
    • Facing a Frenemy

    • Tattletale Traitor

    • Terrible Twin Mania

    • Meri Mercer Doesn't Lie, Mostly

  • 2013 REALLY NEW SCHOOL (Up2U Adventures 1), a choose your own ending book. ABDO GROUP
  • 2013 ADVENTURES IN EXTREME READING -- Middle Grade Science Fiction series, ABDO GROUP
    • Hack Attack
    • The Calm Before the Storm
    • Trapped in Stormy Seas
    • Lightning Strikes Twice
    • Big City Blues
    • A Novel Nightmare
  • 2012 You Can Write… (nonfiction picture book series). Capstone Press
  • You Can Write Excellent Reports
  • You Can Write Great Letters and Emails
  • Adaptations of Classic Novels for Elementary students, Magic Wagon: Calico Classics Series, ABDO Group


  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Great Expectations
  • Moby Dick
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The House of Seven Gables
  • Treasure Island
  • David Copperfield
  • The Three Musketeers


  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Aesop's Fables
  • Jane Erye
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Kidnapped
  • The Secret Garden
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • 2007 (still in print) Wellspring of Magic. Middle Grade Fantasy Novel for Creative Girl’s Club, produced by DRG, 306 East Parr Road, Berne, IN 46711-2159
  • 2011 (online ebook only) The Emerald Dragon. Middle Grade Fantasy, second book in Wellspring series, Creative Girl’s Club, produced by DRG, 306 East Parr Road, Berne, IN 46711-2159
  • Annie’s Attic Mystery Series. (Cosy Mysteries for Adults) Annie’s Attic. DRG, 306 East Parr Road, Berne, IN 46711-2159
    2011 Rag Doll in the Attic
    2011 Emeralds in the Attic
    2011 Valise in the Attic
    2012 Road Trip!
    2012 Legend of Fuller's Island
    2013 The Cats and the Riddle
    2013 The Kennel Mystery (title subject to change)
  • Story/Activity books sold with collectible doll line
    The Family Company, Moorestown NJ
    Written Under the name Janis O’Conner:
  • Trust: When You Came to my Recital. 1998.
  • Responsibility: Becoming a Big Sister. 1998.
  • Friendship: With My Special Pet. 1998.
  • Loyalty: Sharing Family Traditions. 1998.
  • Wisdom: Bringing Home An A. 1998.
  • Confidence: With My Ears Pierced. 1998.
  • Courage: Going to School. 1998.
  • Creativity: I Made It Myself. 1998.
  • Faith: Counting My Blessings. 1999.
  • Sharing: With Mom. 1999.
  • Love: Dancing With Dad. 1999.
  • Unity: Cheerleading. 1999.
  • Joyfulness: Having Fun. 1999.
  • Discovery: Reaching for the Stars. 1999.
  • Patience: Making Things Grow. 1999.
  • Sportsmanship: Making the Team. 1999.
  • Tradition: Learning from Grandma. 2000.
  • Manners: A Tea Party. 2000.

Magazine and Anthology Stories and Articles


  • "Make A Joshua." (Written under the name Janis Waldrop). Teddy Bear and Friends June 1987: 60+.
  • "Tips On Designing Your Own Teddy Bear." (Written under the name Janis Waldrop). Teddy Bear and Friends August 1988: 66 - 69.
  • "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." International Doll World. October 1992: 82-83.


  • A Collection of Motivational Articles for Children's Church Workers, as well as object lessons and activities to update the “middler” church curricula. (Written under the name Janis Waldrop). Lake Mary, FL: CharismaLife Publishers. 1995.
  • “Bang, Bang, Our Kids and Guns.” Parenting Today’s Teen. 1995.
  • "Raising Men of God" (Written under the name Janis Waldrop). Single-Parent Family. January 1996: 22-23
  • "The Shepherd Kind" and "Lamb and Shepherd” (Written under J. Waldrop). Shining Star. Feb/Mar/Apr 1996: 40-41.
  • "Frog Puppet" Crayola Kids. April 1999.


  • "Make Your Own Newt" Highlights. 2000.
  • "Good Shepherd Game" and "David Saves the Day" [Biblical Retelling] (Written under J. Waldrop). Shining Star. Feb/Mar/Apr 2000.
  • "Dandelion" [Poetry] Ladybug. May 2001: Inside Back Cover.
  • "If Wishes Were Kittens." [Young Reader Fiction] Wee Ones. May 2001.
  • "Snowflakes" [Poem and craft] Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations and Best of Holidays and Seasonal Celebrations.
  • Frog fingerplay, recipe, and craft, Lollipops, Jan/Feb 2002.
  • "Night Eyes" Ladybug. September 2002.
  • "Favorite Things Hats" Highlights, February 2003.
  • "Family Treasure." Pockets. November 2003.
  • "Old and New." Wee Ones. September 2004.
  • “The Transformation.” One Way Street May 2005.
  • “Carnivorous Caterpillars.” Cricket June 2007.
  • “Spring Giving.” Highlights High Five April 2008.
  • “Spider’s Riddle.” Ladybug March 2009.
  • “Race to the Pole.” Highlights (publication pending).
  • “Ravin’ Reviews.” Discovery Girls (monthly book reviews, ongoing)
  • “Get Inspired By.” Discovery Girls (series) 2011-2012

Writing About Writing

  • "Writers and the Law" Byline. April 2001: 6 -8.
  • “How to Use Trademarks Correctly" Children's Book Insider. January 1999: 7.
  • "Copyright Basics" Children's Writer Newsletter. Institute of Children’s Literature, 2001
  • "Age Targeting, Researching Your Readers." Children's Writer Guide to 2002, Anthology by Institute of Children's Literature.
  • Co-creator of Pipeline to Publication, a self-study magazine course for the Institute of Children's Literature, 2003.
  • "The Call of the Wild and the Tame." 2004 Children's Magazine Market. Institute of Children's Literature.
  • “The Magazine Revolution Continues” ” Children’s Writer Guide to 2007, Anthology by Institute of Children’s Literature.
  • “Is it Funny? Is It Scary” Children’s Writer Guide to 2007, Anthology by Institute of Children’s Literature.
  • Also written a variety of articles about children’s writing for the Institute of Children’s Literature website [2006-2007], for Children’s Writers eNews [2006 – 2007], and for Kid Magazine Writers eMagazine [2005 – 2007].
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