She surfs (pretty good for an old bird), snowboards (not good at all, but has a great time doing it), and is completely fascinated with skateboarding (from a safe distance). She has stood at the top of a Vert ramp before, stared down the face into the bottomless pit and is completely awestruck that human beings actually drop in with wheels under their feet.
This appreciation for skateboarding led Eoff Berend to write the young adult novel, Vertical, in which she explores the life of a teen who skates. She has a son who skates and she’s seen enough of the skating life to know that there are all kinds of people involved in the sport. Her novel realistically portrays the deep cast of characters that inhabit the skateboarding world and, without being cheesy, she makes the point that skaters can be good guys, too.
Eoff Berend grew up land-locked in Burbank, California, and relocated to North San Diego County after graduating from high school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and a teaching credential from the University of California, San Diego. She has taught high school English for the past 20 years. Currently she teaches at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California. She loves to read, cook, eat, spend time with her family, swim, surf, snowboard, play music (she’s the drummer in a band called Super Nacho) and of course, write. Although Janet Eoff Berend might not be a skater, skateboarding is close to her heart.