Jane Lasswell Hoff was born in Hollywood, California, in 1951. Her parents, Thomas and Marcia, were both university professors. She was married to Charles Jay Hoff, an anthropologist and Professor of Pediatrics. Together they lived in Oregon, Alabama, Washington and Utah. Shortly before her husband's death, they settled in Hilo, Hawaii, where Jane lives and works today.
Jane Hoff attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa, for undergraduate school and the University of Oregon for graduate school. As a professional forensic anthropologist and a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, she has worked for tribal groups, the U.S. military, medical examiners' offices and police departments throughout the U.S. to identify human remains.
Jane Hoff published her first book, Bones of Paradise, in 2016. The story takes place in Hilo, Hawaii, and is part of a series of forensic Big Island Mysteries. While researching her second mystery in the series - and looking for a good spot to discover a (fictional) body - she became side-tracked by the wonderful stories of the historic banyan trees of Hilo, and wrote a guidebook, The Trees of Banyan Drive (published in 2018). She then edited and helped to complete her friend David Penhallow-Scott's biography, ANNA: Who Gave Her Heart to Hawaii (published in 2020). She then edited and helped to complete another book, Portraits of Hawaii's Royalty. A second mystery in the Big Island Mystery series, The Bones of Banyan Drive, was published in November of 2023 and is available in Hawaii Island bookstores, and from Amazon.