Bio

Cary Jane Sparks

Cary Jane Sparks

Cary has been writing all her life, probably encouraged in part by publication, at age nine, of a poem called The Sea in the Camp Snow Hill yearbook. That same summer she encountered her first obstacle on the spiritual path, when she requested her family send her a book on astrology and was disappointed to receive one on astronomy instead.

Her next publication, with her sister as co-author, was a single issue of perhaps the first magazine for the dog and cat market, Plop-and-Puddle.

In between that auspicious start and the publication of Incensed, Cary’s writing has raised it’s inquisitive head all over the place.  She wrote a previous (unpublished) novel The Colin Firth Film Festival.  While in graduate school (in social psych at the University of Denver), she co-authored, with her advisor and others, a still referenced academic journal article on emotions and a book chapter on coping with stress.

In 1988, Cary founded the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International (AHBI) and began publishing their newsletter, The Inner Door, which she did for several years. Unlike the aforementioned Plop-and-Puddle, both AHBI and The Inner Door have continued with great success under past and present skillful leadership.  She’s also had articles published in newspapers and magazines on various psychology and transpersonal subjects.

Cary was co-program director for several conferences of the International Transpersonal Association, and presented at some of those.  For over 20 years she has coordinated, and for the past 12 co-directed, Grof Transpersonal Training, an international program and the sole certification training for the practice of Holotropic Breathwork. From these experiences, as well as that of being a life-long spiritual seeker, she drew the inspiration for Incensed. Cary is optimistic that Incensed has NOT used up her entire life’s allotment of creativity, and has a new novel in the works.

In the non-writing parts of her life, Cary has been riding horses since childhood, specifically hunter-jumpers, and still does so whenever she gets the chance.  With husband Tav, their college-student son Bryn, and Thunder the cat, Cary lives in the hills of Marin County, California.  (Go ahead, make a hot tub joke. In fact to save you the trouble: Did you know that the original office of Grof Transpersonal Training was in the same building as the first Marin hot tub? Or so we were told.)  She gets ecstatic listening to rock and roll, and appreciates all manner of pop culture.

She is grateful for your interest in her work and hopes you will say something nice about Incensed on this site, or on Amazon or GoodReads, if you are so moved.