Jane Hertenstien quit her editing job five years ago to work on her craft, and is currently live-in staff at a community homeless shelter in return for room and board. Jane rises at 4:30 a.m. to cook breakfast for about 300 people, and then spends from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. writing novel; Jane is also involved in leading a creative writing workshop for a group of women at the shelter.
Jane’s books have been widely reviewed, with a non-fiction project, Orphan Girl, featured in a center page spread in the Chicago Tribune Sunday book section. Jane also attend the Wesleyan Writers Conference on the Amanda Davis Scholarship, and was awarded a waitstaff scholarship at Breadloaf. Her short stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Cantaraville, Rosebud, Word Riot, flashquake, and the Tonopah Review.
Jane’s contribution to The Write Room is Bitter Fruit.