Janet lane Walters was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa on July 17, 1936 reported to be the hottest day of the summer. She has been a published author since 1968 beginning with short stories and moving into novels when an editor told her a short story sounded like a synopsis for a novel. In the 197os and 1980s she published 4 sweet nurse romance novels. Then she returned to school to earn a BS in Nursing and a BA in English. Returning to work as a nurse to help put four children through college she put her writing career on hold. In 1993 she retired from nursing and began writing again. A new nurse romance followed in print. Then she discovered electronic publishing and since 1998 has been electronically published.
Janet calls herself an eclectic writer since she moved from genre to genre. There are mysteries featuring Katherine Miller a former nurse who seems to stumble over bodies wherever she goes. Using her interest in Astrology, she has several series that use Astrology as a premise for the stories. Once she earned enough money to travel to Ireland by casting charts for people. She has many books in the romance genre, some of them are contemporary and are nurse romance, and others fall into the fantasy or paranormal forms of romance. Interested in reincarnation, she has used this as a jumping point for at least two novels. Two of her novels deal with alternate worlds using a love affair with Ancient Egypt.
Under her other name J.L. Walters she has written a YA fantasy series called Affinities. She has also written a non-fiction book when her co-author Jane Toombs that won the EPIC Award in 2003 for best Non-fiction. During her career she has received other awards and has a number of great reviews.
Besides her four adult children, she has seven grandchildren. Five of them are the models for the YA series. The other two arrived too late to play a large role in the series. Four of her grandchildren are bi-racial and 3 are Chinese so the eclectic even invades her family. She has been married to the same man for more than 50 years. He's a psychiatrist who refuses to cure her obsession for writing.
1. You may learn things about me as well as Melodic Dreams. I really like writing medical kind of romances and was questing for something other than nurse/doctor as hero and heroine. My daughter who is an Occupational Therapist popped into my head and so I picked her brain for some of the details. Problem was I almost became lost in all the information and ended up with much more than I really needed. Maybe another book will find a few of the interesting things I discovered.
2. In the past I composed music and even had some pieces I'd written performed. My experiences with composing music went into developing Jay's working habits and the pain of not being able to make the fingers move without pain. Jay the hero is a driven man. He has put nearly everything and everyone out of his life except his child. The arrival of his supposed child troubles him. The boy looks like Jay's dead wife except for the eyes. He feels he doesn't have time for this since he wants to concentrate on the music he's been commissioned to write.
3. When casting for a name for the four year old child I was reading a note from one of my publishers and the boy was named Jamie after her. Choosing names is very important. Finding the right name makes the character pop. Often wished I could have done this with my children. Fitted their name to what their personality became. Jamie is very important to the story. He wants a father and he decides his father is "sour" a term his grandmother used to call him when he was tired and grouchy. Jamie decides his father should have candy to sweeten him.
4. Maria loves her nephew but she has been involved with him since his birth as a premature infant. She strongly feels he should have a connection to his father, Some of the feelings found here were triggered by family members who either did not know their father or their fathers had no time for them. Maria turned out to be a very stubborn woman and able to take on a stubborn man.
5. The town created for these early stories doesn't actually exist. I'm not even sure I know where it is other that in the northeastern part of the United States and several hours from a large city. The town needed to be large enough to support a hospital, have the kind of landscape I wanted so instead of taking a place I knew and changing the name, the town is totally a fictional place.
Blurb from MELODIC DREAMS
When Maria and a child she says is his arrives on Jay’s doorsteps, he is in the middle of composing a musical. Though the four year old has his eyes, Jay can’t be sure this isn’t a scam. He believes his dead wife took steps to rid herself of the child. A need for his assistance to help with childcare while she works is Maria’s reason for arriving in Fern Lake. She also believes her nephew should know his father. Can Jay accept and learn to love his child and deal with the attraction to a woman who physically looks like his dead wife? Can Maria deal with his trust issues and a threat from her own family?
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