Award winning author of Sail Cowabunga! A Family’s Ten Years at Sea, Janis Couvreux is a journalist, sailor, mom, grandmom, traveler, and Franco-American, blogging at the Huffington Post, The Lady Alliance, and Pryme about living bilingually, crossing oceans, backpacking adventures, and raising kids outside the box.
Formerly a newspaper reporter, freelance journalist, and page layout editor for several Sonoma County, California, and San Francisco Bay Area newspapers and magazines, Janis has covered a wide gamut of topics from local politics and business to varied feature articles on local personalities. She has also written for newspapers in Central Florida, edited newsletters, produced direct marketing publicity materials, and freelanced as a wine and travel writer while residing in Bordeaux, France, for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Vintage Magazine while working in public relations for Bordeaux wines. She has also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the university level.
In an earlier lifetime, she lived and sailed for 10 years on a sailboat with her husband and two small boys from France to San Francisco. This is the stuff adventure books are made of, and indeed, she chronicles all this in her debut book, Sail Cowabunga! A Family’s Ten Years at Sea, which began as Vignettes from Cowabunga on this website. Well before she put her story down on paper, both Time and Life magazines featured the Couvreux family’s adventure, mid-voyage, in the 1980s.
On the page, Spirit of Cowabunga, on this site, Janis seeks to explore the afterlife of Cowabunga, her family’s generational evolution as influenced by the legacy of 10 years on the sea.
More recently she won first place in the Adult Nonfiction category at the San Francisco Writers Conference 2017, had articles published in Luna Luna Magazine, Longreads, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine.
She now lives landlocked in Sonoma County in the San Francisco area with her French husband, a dog, a cat, five sheep, and a flock of chickens, but is never far from the next travel adventure.