Janet Kitto is from Vancouver Island and grew up in the rural area of Goldstream, BC. Forest giants protected her, trunks rough and warm, full of bird song, and the carpets of wildflowers, pine needles and leaves softened her world as an outsider. One day a bookmobile stopped in front of her, opened its door, and beckoned her into the mysteries of Nancy Drew. The gift of that first library card took Janet inside the human body, into the minds of lovers and thieves, and across the oceans of the world.
The Circle Island series, a collection of 8 novels and 5 short stories, will be released by Janet Kitto, founding member of 3 Quail Media.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the southern end of Vancouver Island. I didn't appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest until I moved away and started writing about characters living on an island. I'm happy to share that I moved back in 2012. I'm at home in the forest, at peace when the wind moves the trees, and connected when I'm out on the ocean. I think that connection to the rain forest and the sea make my fictional settings a natural world readers can relate to.
How do you approach cover design?
It's a collaborative process, definitely, between author and artist. I work with Devon Kitto of Kitto Concepts. She has a distinct style that takes my vision in directions I can't imagine when the discussion starts about a cover. Devon has a great eye for design. I bring her my ideas, but in the end the finished work represents the talent she has for creating artwork that tells my story.