Janine Caldwell


Janine Caldwell was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after graduation, she rocketed straight to college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo earning a degree in English.

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband, two sons and one very cute dog. When she's not writing, she's practicing yoga, playing tennis, banging on the drums, or reading. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was a matter of time before she'd be obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she hopes fantasy writing is in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy and The Vortex Series: Rematch, Double Fault, and Deuce. Listen to her recent radio interview to learn more about her work. http://www.breakradioshow.com/archives/04292014-empowering-women/

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Clayton, a small town in the east San Francisco Bay Area. The Vortex Series is set in Pleasanton, a southern Bay Area town surrounded by the famous rolling hills of Northern California. Growing up in such a diverse and highly populated area influenced the nationality of my characters as well as their interests. Millions of people with vast cultural differences and a thousand varied hobbies all living around a beautiful, thriving city is what makes up the Bay Area and what opened my eyes to people's uniqueness.
When did you first start writing?
As a graduate with a BA in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, my first job involved technical writing for semiconductor-related patents. Working with electrical engineers on their ideas for chips and fabrication processing inventions introduced me to writing on a professional level. However, once I retired to stay home and raise kids I began writing on a more creative plane. I dabbled in a few screenplays just for kicks, but it wasn't until both my kids were in school full time that I began writing novels. Now, seven years later, I've published four YA books.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Janine Caldwell online

Where to buy in print


The Vortex


Price: $2.99 USD.

Double Fault

Price: $2.99 USD.


Price: $3.99 USD.


Series: The Vortex, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,560. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
In an instant everything changes for seventeen-year-old Cassie Moore. Together she and her time-traveling boyfriend, Trent Astor, battle to survive their next impossible challenge. As they navigate through a third parallel world in which Cassie begged Trent to create for her, the two soon discover no world can be made perfect.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,430. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.
Double Fault
Series: The Vortex, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,090. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.14 from 7 reviews)
DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun. As they fight through the repercussions of creating a parallel world, other dangers are lurking. After years of running, Trent and his orphaned sister, Lorelai, sense the dangerous and power-hungry Dr. Fox is close to discovering their whereabouts.
Series: The Vortex, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,600. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.70 from 10 reviews)
Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.

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