Jane V. Blanchard
In 2011, Jane Blanchard walked 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain—her first long walk. Now, Jane explores countries by foot and by bike, and than writes about the adventure for her reader's escape and entertainment in the Woman on Her Way series. In addition to having adventures, writing and publishing, Jane enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Jane V. Blanchard, author of the Woman on Her Way series. Her books describe hiking and biking adventures on the back roads and trails of the world. Her blog, My Musings provides strategies and support for indie authors.
Before retiring, Jane enjoyed hiking and biking, and climbed twenty of the forty 4,000-foot mountains in New England. She retired in 2011 to walk 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain—her first long walk. Now, Jane explores countries by foot and by bike, and than writes about the adventure for her reader's escape and entertainment.
In her first book, Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino, Jane mingles her personal story with conversations she had with modern-day female pilgrims who also trekked the Camino. In Hadrian's Wall Path: Walking into History, Jane shares her discoveries along the 84-mile path across northern England. Jane plans to release this second book in the fall of 2014.
Jane was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Upon graduation from college, she worked as a travel guide in Madrid, Spain, and cried at her first bullfight. In 1975, she and her husband Dennis lived in a tent in Winchendon, Massachusetts, for six months (until December) while they built a log cabin. After two years of living off-the-grid, they lived a self-sufficient lifestyle on a five-acre “gentleman's” farm. Before moving to Sarasota, Florida, she lived in Hampstead, New Hampshire for twenty-four years. There she raised her two children, was a soccer and Odyssey of the Mind coach, and received the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Volunteer of the Year Award in 1996.
In her fifties, Jane started mountain biking and racing. In 2002, she placed second in the Eastern Fat Tire Association Senior Division. “Even though I was not the fastest competitor, I did attend and complete the majority of that year's races. Just like with the turtle and the hare, slow and consistent wins over fast but sporadic.”
In Sarasota, Jane became involve with several national and local organizations bent on helping women, and hosted a weekly radio show, Woman Matters, for two-and-a-half years.
When she married in 1974, her husband Dennis and she joked about creating a lifetime of memories to chat about when sitting in their rockers in old age. At 64 years old, Jane is still creating memories, experiencing life as fully as possible, and looking forward to a long future. “I have to live long enough to write about all my adventures,” she says.
In addition to having adventures, writing and publishing, Jane enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Books by Jane V. Blanchard
"Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino" – Learn about modern-day pilgrims, preparations for hiking the Camino, and life on The Way. This millennium-old pilgrimage attracts people from around the world, not only for religious reasons, but for health, culture, and adventure. Learn why through conversations with modern-day female pilgrims.