Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the
bayous and gators. Her hometown is Carlyss, but you probably
won’t find it on a map. Her family owned a camp located on a
bayou just off the Gulf of Mexico—you could only get there
by boat. The most important feature was the rope hammock
hanging in the shade on a huge deck that stretched out over
Jana and her brother spent thousands of hours combing the
bayous in a flat-bottom aluminum boat, studying the natural
habitat of many birds, nutria and alligators. She would like
you to know that no animals were injured during these
"studies," but they kept makers of peroxide in business.
Jana now resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, René,
three spoiled dogs and three spoiled cats.