PROSPER — Jana Upton was born on August 10th, 1960 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She was the third child of Bobby and Raymond Allred, following her brothers, Ron and Barry. At the age of 12, Jana read Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, which kickstarted a lifetime love of reading and writing fantasy.
Jana attended Oklahoma State University with a major in Business Administration. While in college, she joined Delta Zeta sorority, eventually becoming president of her chapter. After graduating from OSU she met Paul Upton through mutual friends. They fell in love and were married a year later on December 6, 1985. After earning her master’s degree at Oklahoma City University, she worked in management, manufacturing and recycling. Even though she had an MBA, Jana hated the corporate environment and soon moved on to greener pastures.
From 1988-1997 she had four children: Brian, Chelsea, Natalie and Parker. During many of those years she was a stay at home mom, but in the year 2000 she decided to become an educator. She taught science to middle school students from 2001 to her retirement in 2014. Teaching was one of her great passions, and she loved watching her students learn and grow in her classroom.
After years of reading romance novels, Jana decided to become a writer herself. In the mid 2000s she joined the Dallas Area Romance Authors group, later becoming the group’s secretary. Under the pen name Trinity Blake, she published her first novella, Time Pirate in 2010, followed by The Grave Mistake in 2014, and Hearts, Howls and Heroes in 2016. Her first novel is set to be published posthumously in 2017.
Jana was an animal rights advocate who loved her three large rescue dogs: Dublin, Blue and Caesar. She loved to travel, read, and watch indie movies. Some of her favorite foods were sushi and pizza. She was a supportive and caring mother who would do anything for her children. Her marriage to Paul, the love of her life, lasted for 31 years, impeded only temporarily by her death.
Jana will be greatly missed by her family, former students, and many friends. She was truly one of a kind.
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