Jan Morris is a local author/illustrator and her first book in 2017 was a collection of Christian poetry.

She then started to write and illustrate children’s books and has written and illustrated rhyming versions of The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son, and The Lost Sheep.

“While the stories are obviously not mine, illustrating them and creating the rhythm and rhyme of the story, is what I love to do,” said Jan.

Her latest series is called ‘The Adventures of Buster Ruff Ruff Cheese’ and it’s inspired by her son’s toy dog Buster, who is still part of the family 25 years on.”

Jan Morris
Jan Morris

For this series, Jan wanted to highlight the plight of Australian endangered species and writes about Buster exploring the outback (out-the-back-of-his-place) and meeting new friends.

So far, Buster has met a Dugong, Koala, and Numbat. The Quokka will be published in couple of weeks.

“I have an idea of the animal Buster meets and I research everything about the species and illustrate the pages first,” said Jan.

“Then I write the rhyming story, making the animals in the story much more than just a name on an endangered list.”

Jan is on the committee for The Logan City Women in Business and MC’s the meeting.

“I love this group of women; they are so supportive and encouraging.”

When Jan and her husband moved to Australia and bought a business, they also moved into networking at the same time.

Believing that creating several streams of income is important, she started Scribbly Videos, helping small businesses increase their presence on social media with animated videos.

“Connect to people who build you up, not pull you down, do everything in the spirit of collaboration, not competition,” said Jan to the young people of Logan.

“Just remember if you think you can, you can. But if you think you can’t, then you are probably right”.

You can discover the books mentioned above, plus others, on her website www.jansbookshop.com and everything else that Jan does, you will find on www.iamjanmorris.com.

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