What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?
To begin with, I was a reader having taught well before I began school. Always had a book or two open and reading. Then I began trying to write stories with little success but the practice was good. I graduated high school and became a student nurse. My desire to write nearly made trouble when I was assigned case studies. I wrote all the necessary medical things but the people at the base of the care studies interested me and the human crept into the studies. Exploring their emotional reactions to their conditions made the papers very long. The instructors questioned the human element but actually never graded me down. Medicine in all its elements has really influenced my writing. Many of my heroines and heroes are nurses and doctors. When I move beyond contemporary topics the characters can become healers using alternate ways of healing the injured and ill. So the influence is great.
Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don’t mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.
Definitely not genre specific since I write romance, contemporary, paranormal, fantasy. Then there are the mysteries, mostly cozy but also suspense. Moving onto YA fantasy, plus several non-fiction books – two as a ghostwriter for doctors and one with a friend on writing. Part of the reason is I like to jump around and can get bored with writing too many books of a kind. Probably not the way to become noticed but I write because I must.
Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?
I read about anything. My favorites are fantasy and science fiction. I do like contemporary and historical romances. Actually I’ve read more books than I care to admit. There are some types of books I haven’t read. Mainly those are horror. Not a real fan of that genre. Do what I read influence my choise on what to write? A good question. What it does is expand my writing horizons to include a number of genres. So there is an influence that keeps me moving around the fiction arena.
What’s your latest release?
Latest is up for presale. Seducing the Attorney is the fifth in the At First Sight series. The hero makes assumptions and we all know what happens then. The heroine feels she has enough to do with college and tending to her nephew. She has no time for romance..
What are you working on now?
Working on The Cancer-Caprisorn Connection – A medical romance and the fourth in the Astrology series of Oppositions.
Where can we find you?
Here is an excerpt from Janet’s Seducing the Doctor (At First Sight Book 4)
Those words send Matt Blakefield fleeing his brother’s wedding. Marriage or even falling in love is the last of his desires. What he wants to learn is the identity of the owner of the house he wants to use as a make-over for the magazine he edits, Good Livin’. A fall rainstorm and a pine tree sends his motorcycle into a spin and into the arms of an old acquaintance, a girl he hurt in high school.
Cassie Moore has borrowed a cabin from one of her partners in a cardiology practice to come to terms with a broken engagement. The news came via an email. Her fiancée had married another woman just weeks before their scheduled marriage. The appearance of Matt at her door brings an old attraction into full bloom. She realizes love is lurking but he’s a player and she needs to forget the connection.
Is it possible that a weekend of love can become a lifetime?
More about Janet
Janet Lane Walters has been a published author since 1968. She began with short stories and poetry and graduated to novels when an editor told her the short story sounded like the synopsis for a novel. She did take ten years off to help send four children to college. She writes mainly romance with contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy. She has also published mysteries and several non fiction books. When not writing she is keeping up with the doings of her seven grandchildren. Reading and writing are her passions. In the past, she composed some music and also did horoscopes,- enough to take a trip to Ireland.
During June and July, I am hosting a group of wonderful writers for our #RomanticIdea summer. Each author will offer a romantic idea you can try this summer with your sweetheart, plus a special treat — an excerpt from one of their books. I hope you enjoy the series. — Mari