Graphic: back to Crook IndexJan Pierson

Photo of Jan PiersonJan is the third of four children born to Ethel and Cal Crook, says, "I had perhaps the most vivid imagination of the four.

"While I played violin, piano, and cornet, performing music didn't enchant me as it did older sisters Carolyn and Judy or brother David. Mystery stories brimming Jan Pierson and Ciderwith drama and excitement captured me instead. When my own children were small, they and their friends were a captive audience for my wild and wonderful stories. A generation later, their children (my grandchildren) receive the same special treatment."

During those early years, the Crook family spent a great deal of time in our cabin on Lummi Island or boating through the San Juan Islands and those adventures became the basis for Jan's first series of children's mysteries: The Carson Kids Series.

The three Pierson children became the characters (and more inspiration) for the books which were written during the 25 years they grew up in Chehalis, Washington. This enjoyable series is now back in print, available at any bookstore or online as an Author's Guild BackInPrint Imprint in conjunction with

In the year 2000, Jan is working on her newest ghost town series, one manuscript of which is under movie option consideration, and she's selling her dad's photography. And she still finds time to stay in touch with her Bellingham High School classmates, her family, and to spread her grandmothering skills among her 14 delightful grandchildren who continue to inspire her writing and her life.

Photo of rose grown by Carolyn Crook Downing, photographed by Judy Crook Vorfeld

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