Janet received her MFA in Fiction writing from the Nasland-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University in 2013 and since then her stories have won the 2014 John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction, placed third in the 2015 Stoneslide Corrective’s Short Story Contest, received an Honorable Mention in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Winning Writers Fiction and Essay Contest 2015, was a finalist in the New Millenium Writing’s 41st Fiction contest and appeared as an Editor’s Pick in Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2014 Northern Colorado Writers Contest Winners. Most recently her story “Symbiosis” received a Write Well Award from the Silver Pen Writers and appears in their 2016 Anthology. More stories and essays have been published in other print and on-line literary magazines. She has coordinated local readings and writers’ retreats. She has coached high school students in writing for over ten years.

She lives with her husband and mini-Aussie, Elvis, in Berkeley, CA but spends as much time as possible in Charlevoix, Michigan in the summer. She loves to travel, experiences new places and try different restaurants. When she’s not writing, she’s playing pickleball, hiking or doing agility courses with Elvis, or riding her bike.

Janet craves a good story. Tell her one, show her one on a screen, or write one and she’ll carry it within her. She loves being a writer in the Google age. Her curiosity drives her stories as well as her personal relationships. She has a tendency to interview people when she first meets them.