- Poetry, personal narratives, non-fiction, children's, inspirational
Janet was born in Arizona, raised in Iowa, and has spent the last 35+ years in Nebraska.
When she first moved to NE she attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk and earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism. Then she made a brave move to the big city of Omaha, but after one semester at UNO decided writing for a newspaper would NOT be her future.
Without a Plan B, she settled into fulltime work in sales and then as a medical claims auditor. She married Tom, had 5 children, and started a successful home business. When her youngest was in school fulltime, she became a teacher's aid for Omaha Public Schools and returned to college part-time to pursue a degree in education (B.S. in K-12 Special Education from Peru State College).
Now Janet is a trainer for the BoysTown Common Sense Parenting classes as well as a substitute teacher. In her spare time she enjoys writing, especially poetry and creative non-fiction, and has won contests in both those categories. She loves to read children's and young adult literature, and plans to write "high-low stories" and "social stories" for students with special needs.
Blog of poetry and photos at: momsmusingsblog.blogspot.com
"Change," poem published in Screamin' Mamas magazine, March, 2016.
"Collections," poem published in Screamin' Mamas, Dec. 2016.
"Death of a Dryer," creative non-fiction tied for 2nd place in the Screamin' Mamas spring 2016 contest and published Dec. 2016.
"Death of a Dryer," creative non-fiction won 1st place in the Peru State College Writing Contest, spring 2014.
"The Irony of Spider Webs," poem won 1st place in the Peru State College Writing Contest, spring 2014.
Several column pieces for the Catholic Voice in the mid-1990's.
"In Flight," poem won 1st place in the Northeast Community College Writing Contest, spring 1982.