Jane Ellen Jamison was born on 27 December 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA, daugther of Frances (Crooks) and James K. Jamison. When she was nine months old, her parents, both teachers, took her to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she grew up most of her childhood. Her father played a key role in encouraging her as a writer, who was, himself, a history writer. She attended Michigan State University, College of the Sequoias and Northern Michigan University. She has been a registered nurse as well as a Cadet Nurse during WWII.
On 24 June 1949, she married Doctor Albert Jenke, became a housewife and had five children: James, Ellen, Ann, Bobbie Jane, and Robert. Years later, she found time to write, but her husband told her it was trash. Despite this, she persisted until he finally gave her an ultimatum–writing or him. The divorce left her with all the kids except the eldest, who was in med school, and having to work as an R.N.. When she met John Edward Toombs in the writing class that led to her first sale, she was not contemplating marrying again. But she did on 2 March 1972, adding to the mix two stepchildren: Michael and Leslie. She is now a widow with seven grandchildren, and has returned "home" to live in the beautiful Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior--withher old High School Swedish friend, the "Viking" from her past.
Jane Ellen has published of numerous published books, both in paper and electronic, as well as some articles. She uses her maiden and second married name: Ellen Jamison and Jane Toombs, but she has used a few pseudonyms: Olivia Sumner, and Jane Anderson, she also wrote as Diana Stuart in collaboration with Dee Stuart, and under the colective pseudonyms: Rebecca Drury, and Lee Willoughby Davis. Her writing covers various romance genres such as gothic, suspense, contemporary, historical, paranormal, mystery, fantasy and horror. She is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America.
Jane Toombs died March 5, 2014 in Ontonagon Michigan (http://www.janetoombs.com/