Janet Martinez


Janet was born in Indiana and raised in Illinois. After twenty-plus years working as a legal assistant and paralegal, she now teaches high school. Her legal experience led the to creation of Drop Dead Killers. There were several lawyers she could gladly have killed over the years.

She now lives in Cordova, Tennessee with an obnoxious Doberman, a spoiled cocker spaniel, a mean poodle and a very sweet shih tzu -- and two cats. When she isn't writing, she's walking dogs, grading papers or crocheting baby sweaters for friends.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I found a young man, Derek Murphy, who has templates for covers on his website. His covers are stunning and there is one for almost any book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone with the Wind because Mitchell did an excellent job of showing how Scarlet becomes a strong woman capable of getting whatever she wants. Is there any doubt she'll get Rhett back? I don't think so.
Any Jack Reacher book because I love Jack Reacher. Lee Child created the ultimate hero.
Any Harry Bosch book because Harry is the cop I want my detective to be. I get excellent pointers and ideas from these books.
The Ann Rice vampire books. I love Lestat. He's the kind of character you'd like to have as a friend, but you'd also like to smack him up side the head.
The Stand by Stephen King. I think this is King's best book ever and the basis of the book is something I can really see happening if we're not careful.
Read more of this interview.

Where to buy in print


The Jewelry Store Murders
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,550. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
David Graham Thriller 3. Detective Graham must find a killer who is targeting jewelry store customers and his friends. He must connect the clues and find the killer before it's too late.
Drop Dead Killers: A David Graham Thriller
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,360. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Washington, D.C.’s legal community is shaken by a sudden spate of homicides. The ill-fated individuals had a history of behaving badly to everyone around them. But their behavior doesn’t seem to be bad enough to warrant murder. Detective David Graham must find the killer and stop the murders while navigating the machinations of the women in his life, including jealousies and a desire for revenge.

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