Liz Jansen Bio

Short Bio

Healer, author, and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories and experiences that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

Long Bio

Liz Jansen was born into a German Mennonite culture, the granddaughter of Russian refugees. She’s a healer, writer, and motorcycle aficionado.

At age sixteen, she began riding her brothers’ motorcycle on her family farm and a motorcycle became her lifelong muse. In 2003, after leaving a twenty-five-year marriage and a career in Corporate Human Resources, she spent two months traveling across Canada and the United States figuring out what to do next.

Since then, Liz has logged hundreds of thousands of miles of mostly solo travel across Canada and the United States. While she enjoys the rugged beauty of Ontario’s northern wilderness, she has a particular fondness for the open expanses of the Canadian prairies and Midwestern plains.

In 2014, at age sixty, Liz set out on a solo motorcycle quest, seeking the answer to how ancestral experiences and a culture she’d distanced herself from had shaped her. Barely three weeks into what was intended to be a twelve- to eighteen-month trip through the Americas, a crash changed her trajectory and ushered in a period of stillness. Two years later, back on her motorcycle, she completed that quest and got her answers. They weren’t the answers she expected, and they’d appeared in a way she couldn’t have imagined.

Liz is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Non-Fiction Authors Association, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and the Independent Book Publishers Association. Crash Landing is her third book. She lives in Ontario with her cat, Measha, and Trudy, her Triumph Tiger motorcycle. Find her online at