Jane Green

International Best-selling Author; Speaker on Cancer Care, Lyme Disease & Addiction in the Family

Jane Green is the internationally best-selling author of 15 novels. She is renowned for capturing in the fiction of her books the reality of women’s lives at all stages: from single thirty-somethings (Straight Talking); to marriage (The Other Woman), motherhood (Another Piece of My Heart), and divorce, stepchildren, and affairs; to midlife crises (Family Pictures and Tempting Fate). Green is a sought-after speaker at charity galas, women’s organizations, libraries, writing conferences, and health and wellness events. She appears regularly on television shows such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, and contributes to various publications including the Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, and Self.

Green’s books have always drawn from her life, without ever being entirely about her life. In 2009 she stopped everything to care for her best friend, who was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. On her friend Heidi’s insistence, after her death Green wrote Promises to Keep, about what it is like to lose someone you love, and how she learned, through accompanying her friend on her final journey, that love is a verb. She has teamed with The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation on a mission to help support a unique program that provides care for cancer patients, their loved ones, and caregivers. Green often speaks to raise awareness and funding for causes that support cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and families.

After three years of being sick without a correct diagnosis, Green was finally diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease and Hashimoto’s Disease in 2013, and has spent many years working on living a clean, abstinent, and sober life.

Green is also coping with melanoma, which she wrote about in Time magazine. A chance encounter led to her diagnosis of stage one skin cancer. A former sun worshipper, she talks about coping with the cancer and the lessons she has learned.

Green has interviewed Hugh Grant and been flown around Malibu by Harrison Ford in his helicopter for Parade magazine. And, she has overcome the overwhelmingly terrifying experience of cooking for Martha Stewart. A foodie and passionate cook, Green trained at the French Culinary Institute and filled one of her books, Promises to Keep, with recipes culled from her own collection. She only makes food that is “incredibly easy, but has to look as if you have slaved over a hot stove for hours.” Why? Because she has six children and realizes that “when you have six children, nobody ever invites you anywhere.”

A former feature writer for the Daily Express in the UK, Green took a leap of faith when she left in 1996 to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later there was a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for the right man. The novel was a bestseller in England, and Green was an overnight success. Now in her forties, Green has graduated to more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns of real women’s lives. Her fifteenth book, Tempting Fate, deals with the trauma and drama of midlife crisis.

Green joined the ABC News team to write A Modern Fairytale – ABC’s first enhanced digital book – about the history of Royal marriages. For ABC News Radio she was a live correspondent covering Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton. She has also written a micro-series for Dove starring Alicia Keyes, many short stories, and has contributed to various anthologies.

Jane Green spends most weekends cooking for a minimum of 20 people in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.

Praise for Jane Green

“The event was wonderful! Jane Green gave such a great speech…at times funny, at times moving, and all of the time interesting.  Her fans were happy that they could actually talk to her, get their picture taken with her, and get their books signed. She was very personable.”

—Maryellen Kanarr, Parkland Community Library, Allentown, PA

Praise for Tempting Fate

“Green once more proves her skill at exploring the complexities of the human heart. This is a sure bet for her fans and new readers who enjoy well-written women’s fiction.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Green skillfully depicts a woman trapped between contentment and temptation, crafting an insightful look into married life and middle age.”

Publishers Weekly

“A Scarlet Letter for the 21st century.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Green takes things in interesting directions as she deftly explores the aftermath of Gabby’s rash, impulsive decision, making her latest a captivating cautionary tale.”

Booklist

Praise for Family Pictures

“Will linger with you after you close the book.” —People

“Family Pictures left me feeling envious of the friends to whom I recommended the book, because they had the prospect of an engrossing story to gobble up in the near future. Green’s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.”

Redbook

“The women she writes about are believable and likable characters, but their lives are also complicated and rooted in realities that keep them grounded.”

Baltimore Sun

“Explores complex family dynamics with warmth. An inverted fairytale in which happily-ever-after occurs without the prince.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This gripping story is ultimately one of redemption. Green’s many fans won’t be disappointed, and this would be an excellent choice for readers who enjoy the fiction of Jennifer Weiner or Marian Keyes.”

Library Journal

“An absorbing read with a gratifying conclusions.”

Booklist

“Bestselling author Green’s compelling novel will shock and surprise readers with a startling revelation as surely as it will tug on their heartstrings. Once again she displays her gift for creating characters readers will care about.”

RT Book Reviews, “Top Pick”