Jan Karon is an American writer and novelist, who has written for both children and adults. Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937, as Janice Meredith Wilson. She retired from a career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to write. Among her awards are an ABBY Honor award for books in the Mitford series, set in the fictional community of Mitford, North Carolina. She has been designated a lay Canon for the Arts in the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy (Illinois) by the Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC.
The Mitford Years Series: In publication order they are:
- At Home in Mitford, published 1994
- A Light in the Window, published 1995
- These High, Green Hills, published 1996
- Out to Canaan, published 1997
- A New Song (novel), published 1999
- A Common Life: the Wedding Story, published 2001
- In This Mountain, published 2002
- Shepherds Abiding, published 2003
- Light from Heaven, published 2005. This is the last of the nine books in this series.
The Father Tim Novels:
- Home to Holly Springs, published October 30, 2007.
- In the Company of Others, published October 2010.
Her books for children are:
- Miss Fannie's Hat, published 1998
- Jeremy, the tale of an honest bunny, published 2000.
- Violet Comes to Stay, published 2006 by Viking Children's Books. Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.
- Violet Goes to the Country, published 2007 by Viking Children's Books. Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.
(Both Violet books are presented by Jan Karon and written by Melanie Cecka.)
Her Christmas gift books are:
- Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's favorite quotes, published 2001, religious quotes used in the Mitford series
- The Trellis and the Seed: A Book of Encouragement for All Ages, published 2003
- Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader : Recipes from Mitford Cooks, Favorite Tales from Mitford Books, published 2004 and edited by Martha McIntosh
- A Continual Feast: words of comfort and celebration, collected by Father Tim, published 2005 (April), companion volume to Father Tim's other quote journal, Patches of Godlight
- The Mitford Bedside Companion, published 2006.
- Official site for the Mitford series author
- December 6, 2005 lecture given by Karon at the National Cathedral, entitled Wrestling with and Writing from the Heart