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, wrote freelance for newspapers, and the past several years joined the writing team for the local historical pageant. Memberships include the Historical Novel Society, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Women Writing the West, and An Association of Writers. Two of her historical 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 new book, a historical novel The Shifting Winds, delves into the same pioneer era as the first. The main characters are fictional, but they walk with real people like legendary mountain man Joe Meek and British Hudson’s Bay Company commander Dr. John McLoughlin, through a lot of true history on the American frontier.