Jean Foster Akin
Jean Foster Akin


I was raised in upstate New York. When I was eight years old, I told my parents that I wanted to write books when I grew up. Seeing no let-up in my enthusiasm by the time I hit my early teens, my parents bought me a huge old manual typewriter on which I pounded out stories at every available moment. Writing was my passion, and if I didn’t have my nose buried in a book, I was trying to write one!  Most of those stories are now gone forever, shuffled here and there, I guess, and eventually lost somewhere between home and college and the first apartment my new husband and I moved into all those years ago. Occasionally I feel badly that I can’t read one or two of those early stories, and chuckle over the  extremely melodramatic characters and story lines that I once thought were “perfectly poignant”!

At seventeen I went to Manhattan to compete with 1400 other students for one of 5 scholarships being offered by The School of Visual Arts. After testing, submitting my portfolio for review, and an interview with the department chairs, I was offered a scholarship to study at their newly opened writing school. After a lot of soul searching, I decided, instead, to stay in upstate New York, and there I studied English at The Russell Sage College for Women.

I started editing other writers’ manuscripts in the year 2000. In 2010, I wrote a book for middle-readers entitled The Filigree Slippers. It was published by Tate Publishing in 2011. I also won First Place (for Best Overall Short Story Entry) in the Nota Bene Literary Anthology Contest of 2010.

I finished my second book for middle readers just before moving with my family from New York to Central Virginia in the autumn of 2013 (I’m shopping that manuscript around), and while I work on book #3, I enjoy blogging every now and again.