Born and raised in between Tennessee and California Jai spent her early years listening to the vivid stories of her grandmother, a Choctaw Indian. Summers were filled with her grandmother’s memories in living fluid color. Jai learned what it took to weave together a good story while sitting under a large oak tree deep in her family’s history. Ever since then she has loved writing stories, making them her own creation, a mix of past truths and future possibilities.
Jai published her first short story when she was nine years old and since then has had thousands of articles published. She never considered being anything else besides a writer. After college Jai became an award winning journalist working for daily newspapers and freelancing for major magazines all over the world. She traveled extensively throughout Micronesia and Asia as well as the United States. Jai penned her first novel, “Beyond the Call” while living in Guam.
In 2000 Jai went in search of major changes. She had a dream of living where the mountains met the ocean and that brought her and her two sons to the Pacific Northwest. Jai continued to write for newspapers as she studied art, humanities, and literature, at a local college. She could not escape the allure of storytelling so she retired as a journalist and once again began working as a novelist. Now, novels later she is a full-time writer, working on her books while editing and writing for several national magazines.
Jai has had short stories published in A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media), Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Simple Hand of Fate. She has three mystery thrillers and one romance to her credit. She is currently working on several new stories, one of which is an autobiography
In her spare time Jai spends time with her partner raising their two youngest children while they try and keep track of their two older sons. Jai loves movies and a good storyline. She enjoys reading, contemporary jazz music, meditation, studying other philosophies and spending time with her family both real and the imagined characters of her books.