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Growing up on the coalfields of the NSW Hunter Valley, Janice developed a passion for writing after winning an inter-school essay contest on unionism at age eleven.
She graduated from Kurri Kurri High School in 1961 and went on to study teaching at Newcastle Teachers’ College.
After she taught for a few years Janice and her husband decided to enter the business world. They bought and sold a small newsagency, petrol station, butcher shop, chemical sales business and grocery store. Janice also ran a postal agency in West Cessnock.
The desire for creative writing was always there and Janice signed up for a correspondence writing course. But family commitments and work got in the way of fulfilling her goal to become an acknowledged author.
However, that spark remained, and over the past 10 years she has managed to fit many creative writing workshops into her busy life. She was also privileged to be mentored by a published author for more than three years.
When the inaugural Redlitzer anthology was promoted by Redlands Library, Janice won a place in it with her short story, Always. This success, accompanied by encouragement and critiquing from two writing groups, has allowed her to follow her dream and complete and publish her first novel, All Naked and Bare.
In All Naked & Bare, Gallen takes readers to the fictional coal mining village of Merthyr Vale in the 1950s where strict morality and a limited outlook combine to dictate a restrictive way of life. It is a stifling culture, especially for women like Polly Carpenter - who faces a battle to hold her family together when the coal mines close – and her daughter Kathryn – who dreams of embarking on a career, something unheard of for girls in her hometown.
Janice Gallen lives in Brisbane with her husband Ron. They have three children and 11 grandchildren.
Apart from writing, she also has a keen interest in Toastmasters, an accredited public speaking organisation. She has been an active member for nine years.