I was born, raised and still reside in Columbus, Ohio with my amazingly supportive husband, David. We’ve recently become empty-nesters, having two college-aged children we’re super proud of. Our family is rounded out by Bonnie, our Heinz 57 dog.
After writing my first romance novel, I had a fan-girl moment and e-mailed New York Times best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann for some advice about my story. She kindly took the time to reply, advising me to join my local chapter of Romance Writers of America. I visited my first Central Ohio Fiction Writers meeting in 2002 and joined that day. Thanks to their meetings, workshops, conferences and fellow members sharing their knowledge with me, I signed my first contract for a sale with Samhain Publishing in 2008. I highly encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in romance writing to join their local RWA chapter.
Janie’s Fun Facts:
In sixth grade I was crowned Miss Parkway Drive. I still can’t bring myself to throw away that cardboard and tinfoil tiara.
I never traveled outside of North America until I was 46 years old.
As a child, I didn’t enjoy reading. (Unbelievable, I know!)
I earned my motorcycle endorsement at age 49.
David and I moved six times during the first nine years of our marriage.
My hair is naturally curly.
I learned to drive in my mom’s rusty 1966 Mustang convertible. So when Ford changed the design to a more retro look in 2005, we had to buy one. I’m just a sentimental fool.