Janice Gallen

Biography

Janice grew up in the coalfields of Hunter Valley, New South Wales. She developed a passion for writing after winning an inter-school essay contest on unionism at age eleven. After graduating from high school she went on to study teaching at Newcastle Teachers’ College and taught in the district for a few years before going into business. Living in the area from the 1940’s and right through until 1992 has given her an understanding of the people and the environment..
The desire for creative writing was always there and Janice signed up for a correspondence writing course. 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 ten years Janice has managed to fit many creative writing workshops into her busy life. During that period she enjoyed the privilege of being mentored by a published author for over three years. When the inaugural Redlitzer anthology was promoted by Redlands Library, Janice won a place 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 & Bare.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have 11 grandchildren and like to visit with them whenever I can. Taking part in Toastmasters meetings, and presenting and writing speeches is a favourite activity. Every day books beckon, but I don't spend anywhere near as much time reading as I'd like to. Once the Rugby league season is underway I'm glued to the TV to watch the Brisbane Broncos. My husband and I are part of a Trivia team, which meets weekly. And just to fill out my remaining time, we regularly enjoy going to the movies .
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Where to find Janice Gallen online


Books

Scent of Evil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,610. Language: Australian English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
At Meg and Clyde’s bowls club, a player drops dead, and the bitter almonds smell indicates cyanide. Meg is overwhelmed by cigar smoke. She realises a cold-blooded killer is murdering the elderly. The situation becomes personal when one of Meg’s beloved friends is a victim. The only clue is cigar smoke. Is that enough for psychic Meg to track down the evil predator?
Dark Visions
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,880. Language: Australian English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.50)
Death, drug dealers, deception… When Meg Pilley solicits her husband as an amateur sleuth Clyde finds out unpleasant truths about his brother, and he decides to rescue him. Then drug dealers move next door. Meg's psychic powers soar; she visualises blood. Who will be killed? Who is the murderer? They dig into the spirit world for answers. Who is the drug lord? How is Clyde's brother involved?
A Woman's Place
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,950. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Original Title " All Naked & Bare". It's tough for coal miners in 1956, and they demand respect from their families. Polly Carpenter copes, but when the mine threatens closure, her life turns upside down. She re-evaluates her marriage, especially when her daughter Kathryn faces danger after being deserted by her drunken father.Hope remains for Kathryn and she looks forward to a bright future.
A Passionate Judgement
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,010. Language: Australian English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sometimes sexual attraction becomes so hot, so steamy, so sizzling that it overcomes all in its path. when Andrea Walker meets Steve Covington-Smith he sets her blood on fire.Despite her prejudice against lawyers their relationship simmers into a flaming inferno.Pushing her guilt aside Andrea decides she'll enjoy the sex while it lasts. But she begins to fall for Steve and has to face her dilemma.
The Spaniard's Suspicion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,450. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Misunderstood or charlatan? She’d been his father’s mistress, had manipulated, schemed, swindled. That was how Juan Antonio Gaudens saw Gail Alworthy – until he met her. Then scintillating attraction set sparks flying, pushing all his preconceived ideas aside.Gail didn’t need a man in her life – especially a despicably arrogant Neanderthal. But when he touched her.
Eve's Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,230. Language: Australian English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
What can Eve Benson do when she falls deeply in love with her handsome, recently divorced boss, Chris Melville? When she falls pregnant she decides to resign, Should she tell Chris? Will she find happiness with a man who doesn't love her?
Up The River
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: Australian English. Published: July 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Essay » Author profile
(5.00)
Sometimes phobias can take over our life, sometimes we can surprise ourselves by overcoming them. The writer overcomes a fear with humorous outcome.
Always
Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: Australian English. Published: June 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.50)
True love never dies. Even when the hair has turned to silver, memories can bring back the passion, the commitment and the bond formed with a beloved partner.
All Naked & Bare
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,940. Language: Australian English. Published: May 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
It's tough for coalminers in 1956, and they demand respect from their families. Polly Carpenter copes, but when the mine threatens closure, her life turns upside down. She re-evaluates her marriage, especially when her daughter Kathryn faces danger after being deserted by her drunken father. Despite the narrow culture of the area, hope remains for Kathryn and she looks forward to a bright future.

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