Janet Doolaege

Biography

I grew up in England but now live in France, not too far from Paris, in a village on the edge of a forest. Our house contains more books than I will ever have time to read.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Like most indie writers, I went through the soul-destroying process of trying to find an agent. Just when I was about to give up in despair, I was advised by a friend to try self-publishing. Of course I would love to be published in the conventional way, but meanwhile I'm very happy when someone reads and likes one of my books which otherwise would just have remained unread. This way, I have at least found a few readers instead of being left on the slush pile.
How do you approach cover design?
So far, my covers have been designed by clever friends. A lot of people have admired the atmospheric A PARIS HAUNTING cover.
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Books

Woman in Blue and White
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,680. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
The story unfolds between Paris and a Greek island. Zoe finds herself the focus of uncanny experiences and is compelled to discover what they mean. In the process, she realizes how wrong she has often been about other people. Only one man seems truly to understand her, but he is out of reach.
Ebony and Spica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,020. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
I rescued two baby birds, a blackbird and a starling. Over time, first Ebony and then Spica became an important part of my life here in France. I describe their growth from helpless fledglings to confident adults, their antics, quirks and highly distinctive characters, and how I had to adapt my working life to their needs and demands. Birds are so unlike us, yet trust and affection can flourish.
Tobias and the Demon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,960. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Ancient Civilizations
Tobias, a discontented teenager, is glad to leave home on a quest over the mountains to recover his blind father’s money. His guide, Azarias, is an enigmatic musician who talks of destiny. Little does Tobias know that his destiny concerns beautiful, unhappy Sara in far-off Media. Meanwhile, the two men and their dog are being tracked and thwarted by an evil demon. Tag, the dog, tells the story.
A Paris Haunting
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,890. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When a busker asks Kay, a translator in Paris, to translate a furious letter of accusation from a dead woman, she is drawn into a web of secrets and betrayals, jewellery, music, books and a missing cat. Can a ghost be haunting the metro, with its dark underground maze of tunnels and corridors? The mystery unfolds against a backdrop of boulevards, cafés, tiny flats and bridges over the Seine.
Candlepower
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,570. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Strange things can happen in workaday Paris. When lonely Stella finds a new friend in her neighbour Rose, she little suspects that Rose is an outcast, an object of both fascination and fearful hatred. An eerie atmosphere gradually builds to a dramatic climax, and the lives of all involved are changed forever.
The Story of an Ordinary Lion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,480. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Can a desert lion become the faithful companion of a man? Leo, a rather dreamy lion, meets Father Jerome and finds that he can. He can also be a hero. But people, even those who work as translators, can’t understand the language of lions. When Rebecca, the donkey, disappears, Leo is punished. How can he prove his innocence? This reworking of an old legend is intended for children aged 8-12.
Flora and the Wolf
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Flora, running wild in the forest, longs to see a wolf, but her parents and grandmother are afraid of lurking dangers. Something unusual does indeed happen to her. Besides, who is the stranger in town that all are talking about? This story for children, set in mediaeval Italy, covers human relations with animals, respect for the natural world and the interconnectedness of all living beings.

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