About Jan and Ray ... Jan loves to ride her bicycle, ballroom dance, travel to and explore new places, and write. She wrote an urban fairytale that takes place in New York City called The Opera Cat, and it is available
She and her husband, author Ray Gleason, are voracious readers, love to watch movies together, and enjoy five happy, loving cats and backyard visitors of the furry and feathered variety. Jan's studio has a bird's eye view of the gorgeous array of friends that alight in the trees and frolic outside her windows.
Recently, Jan was honored to have been chosen to donate some of her jewelry to the15th Annual Gala del Sol , held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA, on April 14, 2018. Each year, the gala's proceeds enable children to go to Camp del Corazon.
Ray is an accomplished baseball coach, a university lecturer of medieval literature, a soulful gardener, a retired Army major, and an author. He has written several books about the military, as well as moving short stories and reflections from his two years of active duty in Viet Nam titled The Violent Season. A collection of short stories filled with well-crafted dialogue, imagery, humor, and empathy, these stories singularly and cumulatively take you into the minds and hearts of soldiers on either side of the conflict. His current books are a historical fiction series which follows a young soldier into maturity in Caesar's army, with hefty doses of latin, intrique, murder, and romance. The first three books are titled The Gabinian Affair, The Helvetian Affair, and The Swabian Affair. Anecdotes from Ray, and his books, are available on www.raygleason.com, and his books also can be purchased