J.T. (Janni) Styles

Biography

J.T. Styles was born in Ontario, Canada, to creative Canadian parents, and began writing in first grade after she enthusiastically told the teacher, "I want to make books when I grow up!" Vancouver,Canada, is her home where she has worked in childcare for pre-schoolers,later co-establishing provincial programs to improve the quality of family daycare. She has also worked in the Justice System with victims of domestic violence.

A winner of literary awards for fiction and poetry, Janni won First Place in the SIWC (Surrey International Writer's Conference) for a short story called "Blue Shadows." The year prior her story, "The Musical Messenger" also placed. In 2011 writing became purely therapeutic, a means of coping with multiple losses and trauma that produced the 2013 book of poems,"Spiritshine." 2014 saw her first collection of stories released in the book, "One More Chance."

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
"A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving because this book's humanitarian message is timeless, universal and this book should be made mandatory reading in schools where bullying or treating others differently should never be permitted.

"Dance of the Happy Shades" by Alice Munro and anything else she writes, all of the many other books written by this prolific writer who knows how to produce life like literature that keep you so engaged in the outcome of the lives of others that you, rather "I," can never put any of her books down until I have savored them whole.

"Crows Over a Wheat Field" by Paula Sharp for the acuity with which she portrays abusive relationships especially for those who have never been in one and ask ridiculous questions like: why does she/he stay?

"The Diviners" by Margaret Laurence for the leveling message through out "we are all equal - breathing, living beings - no matter our backgrounds."

"The Last of the Crazy People" by Timothy Findley. Timothy writes with such realism and depth that I feel I am actually in the book along with all of the other crazy people. I have always thought this book would make a terrific movie.
What do you read for pleasure?
Literary fiction or poetry.
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Where to find J.T. (Janni) Styles online


Videos

"One More Chance"
A collection of stories about life, living and loving. You may see yourself or someone you know in these stories readers have claimed "heartfelt," "full of humanity," "hard hitting," and "succinct brilliance, I didn't want her stories to end!"

Books

Spiritshine - the verses
Price: Free! Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Art saves lives! If you are creative and struck by any challenge in life, emotional, mental or physical, creativity may well be the anchor that carries you through it. It was for Janni Styles in this wee collection of verse that saved her life.
One More Chance
Price: Free! Words: 24,820. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
J.T. Styles, Award Winning writer of fiction and poetry, debuts her first collection of short stories in "One More Chance." Three Reader Reviews:"When I read, no I mean when I listen to the words of Janni Styles…I just think “holy crap” I just got hit by a baseball bat and I liked it!” "Janni writes from the depth of her soul.” "You don't read Janni's stories, you LIVE them."

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acceptance    aging    art    change    creativity    family    growth    healing    healthy    identity    life    love    poetry    ptsd    recovering    relationships    survivor    trauma    verse    youth   

Smashwords book reviews by J.T. (Janni) Styles

  • Suzie on Aug. 07, 2016
    (no rating)
    If you like paranormal, you will enjoy this story of a relationship between two unlikely characters, one of whom needs closure. The characters are well rounded and by the end of this story at least one of them will sit in your heart for some time after the reading.