Janet’s love affair with history began as a child when she eagerly listened to stories of her pioneer ancestors.
She earned a master’s degree in journalism with honors from the University of Oregon, taught college writing, and wrote freelance for newspapers. Memberships include the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Historical Novel Society, Women Writing the West, and An Association of Writers. Two of her novels were Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest finalists.
A native Oregonian, she grew up on the farm featured in her book, A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin. There Janet developed an abiding reverence for the land. In contrast, she lived and worked in San Francisco for eight years, the multifaceted culture of that city providing an impetus for distant travels to Europe and Asia to research more stories. She later sought retreat in the beauties of Montana and finally returned to Martha’s farm in Oregon.
Her novel The Shifting Winds delves into the same pioneer era as the first. The main characters are fictional, but they walk with real people through a lot of true history on the American frontier, men like legendary mountain man Joe Meek and British Hudson’s Bay Company commander Dr. John McLoughlin. This book was a Nancy Pearl Book Award Finalist.
Janet recently returned from a trip to Europe where she researched sites for a couple of new trilogies, her current works in progress.
The first trilogy centers in the Greek Isle of Crete with scenes in the nearby island of Santorini and in Mycenae on the mainland of Greece. The photo at left was taken at the partially restored ruins of Knossos in Crete.
The second trilogy centers in southern Ireland with scenes in Portugal and England. The photo of the standing stones at right was taken near the southern Irish coast.
A series of blog posts about “Going There” describe her journey of discovery.