Jan Bozarth was raised in an international family in Texas in the sixties, the daughter of a Cuban mother and a Welsh father. She danced in a ballet company at eleven, started a dream journal at thirteen, joined a surf club at sixteen, studied flower essences at eighteen, and went on to study music, art, and poetry in college. As a girl, she dreamed of a life that would weave these different interests together. Her dream came true when she grew up and had a big family and a music and writing career. Jan is now a grandmother and writes stories and songs for young people. Jan credits her own mother, Dora, with handing down her wisdom: Dream big and never give up.
Many fans have asked me to tell the origin story of Aventurine. Here you go!
Hundreds of years ago when the dreams and powers of girls and women were not allowed, twelve young girls from different places in the world witnessed a great comet. That night they went to bed and dreamed the same dream. All twelve were transported to a strange ridge above an unknown walled garden. The wall was made of a blue stone they call the dreamers stone, aventurine. There was a twin oak tree at the entrance to the walled area. As passage, the tree offered the chance to choose from what appeared to be two identical acorns. But they were very different inside-one was the light and the other the darkness. The leader of the girls chose the light acorn by intuition since seeing was not enough. This allowed them to enter the walled garden. The other acorn was carried off into the distance by a black crow. In celebration, the girls built a place where their dreams could be held safely until the people of the human world were ready. On the first day, they discovered a race of beautiful indigenous people. The leader of the twelve named these people Faeren because they looked like full sized humans with fairy wings.
Happy Fairy God-Mother’s Day 2014- When writing a new story for my series, I always marvel at how whatever comes out of my brain seems to mimic my real life- even when I do not mean for that to happen.
I have been writing the next story for about a year now. If you have read the teasers on the site, you know the new lineage is called the Luci Lineage. They are the ones that teach the initiates about personal power by holding their own little “luci”, a pet-like light form they are given at the age of 13. This lineage creates all that is beauty in Aventurine. They can change their form at any moment both to disguise and to beguile. They have the power to change and so do you. There is no set rule for what is beautiful and every girl must choose her own way to look, feel, believe, and act in the world. These are your gifts and your powers. It has nothing to do with body shape or hair color. When you realize this is all up to you, you get busy making the best of what you’ve got.
I am ever-changing. My changes often feel like a crossing to a foreign land. That is why I have decided to call the next book “Her Crossing” to honor the ever-changing-ness of girls and women throughout their lives. This title was given to me by my brother years ago when our mother, Dora, was crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary to go to Europe and recorded her life story onto a small tape recorder to pass the time. Her stories of crossing from one place to another, both geographically and emotionally, stayed in my consciousness. Now I write the stories of the girls who will pass from Faeren to human, human to Faeren, girl to woman, woman to crone.
The most beautiful people I have ever known all have things in common. They are kind, passionate, and honest. They shine. What makes you shine? We don’t have a crystal ball but we do have our inner light. Shine it on the outside and see what happens! Our newest Global Wisdom Act begins with The Best Question Ever Mobile Game and Contest, Starting April 8 at tbqe.io Turn your beauty inside out. Tell us how you do it.
Something happens when a bunch of humans get together to celebrate the imagination. Beauty and humor come pouring through. At this conference it is easy to meet those who have no trouble suspending disbelief- letting go of “so called reality” to soar freely through other worlds. Imagination-It’s a worthy destination that some people call home. I interviewed one such person today. Toby Froud is at home in the fairy world. He’s a beacon. Follow!!!
Our recent event at Book People in Austin, TX was a hoot! Thankyou to all who attended and dressed up in fairy costumes. Thanks to our beautiful faerie models and last but not least, big thanks to Book People for hosting us!
Pictured Above: (from left) Gracie (Dragonfly Twin), Daniela Tejeda (Dragonfly Twin), Emma (Birdie, w/daisy and green dress), Faith Haskell (Birdie- Green Top and Pants), Jan Bozarth (Author), Elaine McLaughlin (River Maiden), Amy Atchley (Singer), Kailey (Queen Patchouli).. Costumes by Jennifer Ayers…
Sumi Hara loves fashion. She always looks beautiful, and always wears the perfect outfit. When she arrives in Aventurine, Sumi is thrilled to learn that she’s a shape-shifter.
Unfortunately, she’s not very good at shape-shifting yet, so she’s given a guide named Kano—who’s distractingly gorgeous in his human form. But right away they get off on the wrong foot; Sumi can’t understand why this boy doesn’t seem to like her. When they find out that an evil fairy queen holds the final mirror shard needed to complete their mission, Sumi will have to discover what true beauty and perfection are, or she could lose Kano and her chance to become a fairy godmother.
The Reindeer character in Kerka’s Book reminds me of Christmas. Her name is Ardee or RD, short for Rein-deer. Ardee is a lovable sort who is there for Kerka in times of need but has needs of her own and is NOT afraid to express them. Most of Ardee’s needs involve food. Ardee shows Kerka what a best friend does. She is not really that brave but risks her life to save her friend. She is not really that strong but gives it her all when the times call for such an effort.
I like to think about friendship this way. It is a “give and take”. Sometimes you are the strong one and sometimes you just need a shoulder to cry on. So I am sending out this “THANKS” to all my friends who are there for me when I need them, but don’t mind asking for help too. It’s a gift to have a friend! Pass it on!
Merry Christmas from the Fairy Godmother Academy!!!!