After nearly a decade of promoting writers, Jane Heller launched her own career as a successful author. Her 13 breezy, witty novels are now entertaining millions of readers around the world, along with her two books of nonfiction.
She landed a three-book contract from Kensington with her very first novel, Cha Cha Cha, which was published in 1994. A comedy/romance/mystery, the novel attracted the attention of Hollywood and was optioned for a TV movie by Columbia/TriStar. The Club followed in 1995 and Infernal Affairs, which was optioned by Disney for a feature film and re-optioned by CBS for a TV movie, was issued a year later. Kensington published two more Jane Heller novels: Princess Charming, which came out in 1997 and was also optioned by Disney for a feature film, and Crystal Clear in '98.
Jane moved to St. Martin's Press for her next six novels, as she continued to turn out a new book each year. Sis Boom Bah was released in 1999 and was promptly optioned for a feature film by actress Julia Roberts for her production company. Name Dropping, 2000's offering, was sold to Miramax for a feature film and appeared on the USA Today bestseller list in its paperback edition. Next came Female Intelligence in '01, along with another Hollywood option, this time to CBS for a TV movie, and a stint on The New York Times extended bestseller list. In 2002, The Secret Ingredient was published and, like its predecessors, was snapped up for a feature film; Jane was hired by Atmosphere Productions to write the screenplay adaptation. Lucky Stars, her 2003 release, was optioned for a feature film by Lakeshore Entertainment. On its heels came Jane's 11th novel, Best Enemies, in '04.
HarperCollins' William Morrow imprint released Jane's next two novels: An Ex to Grind in 2005 and Some Nerve in '06. "Ex" was recently optioned by 20th Century Fox for a feature film to star Cameron Diaz and Benecio Del Toro.
Jane's much heralded, first foray into narrative nonfiction, Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees, was a February '09 release from Rodale.
Jane's latest book is another nonfiction title - You'd Better Not Die Or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide To Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits. Published by Chronicle in November 2012, it features Jane's trademark humor and irreverence as she tackles the subject of taking care of loved ones with a chronic or progressive illness. Both inspirational and prescriptive, the book includes her own vignettes on caring for her husband Michael (Crohn's disease); extraordinarily candid contributions from other caregivers, some of whom are famous names in film, television and publishing but all of whom have had responsibility for a child, spouse or elderly parent; and up-close-and-personal interviews with nurses, doctors, meditation teachers, psychotherapists, nutritionists and others. Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck meets What To Expect When You're Expecting in Jane's latest take on relationships.
Jane entered the field of book publishing as an assistant in the publicity department. She rose to the positions of publicity manager at New American Library, publicity director at Dell/Delacorte, and vice president and director of advertising, promotion and publicity at Jove, a division of Putnam. Authors with whom she worked include such bestselling novelists as Erica Jong, Mary Higgins Clark, Judy Blume, Danielle Steel and John Jakes.
One of six children, Jane grew up in Scarsdale, New York, attended Scarsdale High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in classics from the University of Rochester, where she received Summa Cum Laude honors and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The following year, she completed one year of a master's program at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications.
Currently, Jane lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband, Michael Forester.