Jannie Tharp, Author 

Jannie Tharp was born in the Deep South, spent many years growing up in the West, and finally settled in the great Northwest. She enjoys country life on a Century Farm surrounded by beautiful wineries. Her home is land-marked with interesting yard art including a car in a tree, which has been featured in several publications.

Jannie has been a finance director for many years, and has worked in the accounting/finance field for over 30 years. When she is not working she enjoys writing, photography and spending time with her family, especially her four fantastic grandchildren.

Inspiration for the Clausen Family Countdown to Christmas came from the desire to memorialize Jannie’s beloved mother, and to create a new holiday tradition for her family and others to enjoy.

Jannie’s sister, Valerie Lindsay, illustrated the books and was also instrumental in creating the idea for the advent set of books.


 Valerie Lindsay, Illustrator

Valerie Lindsay lives near the foothills of the Wasatch front in Ogden. She spent some childhood years in the Deep South although Utah is where Valerie was born and has always called home.

Valerie is the creative one in the family. After working 30 years as a surgical technologist Valerie woke up one day and decided she was going to become a professional photographer. And so she did. Opening Gingerbread Photography, Valerie has operated a successful business for many years. Valerie’s favorite photo subjects are her three terrific grandchildren and Yorkie pups.

Valerie’s creative abilities are demonstrated in the beautiful illustrations showcased in the Clausen Family Countdown to Christmas.










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