After over 40 years as a nurse and then nurse practitioner, Janet retired and started a new career as an author. She has worked in primary care, public health, behavioral health, health education and administration. She has taught nursing and nutrition. In addition to the usual allopathic medical system of care, she began studying alternative care and uses all of her knowledge from these areas in writing about health in a manner that is easy to understand. Her books are concise without any fluff but provide vital information to those with various health issues.
She lives with her husband and dogs in the Appalachian Mountains. In addition to writing, she enjoys singing and playing guitar (plus dabbling with a few other instruments), reading and visiting her family.
Why I Write
Like many health professionals, my interests tend to be a result of personal and professional experience. I started writing my first book many years ago when I was working in an adolescent psychiatric facility and saw a need for a book that would help teens and adults who had suffered from sexual abuse. It wasn't until after I retired that I pulled out the draft of that book, revised it and published it. From there, I went on to identify other subjects I was interested in and that filled a need.
I collaborated with my husband in writing a novel on homelessness. We hope to work together on additional fictional books to raise awareness about social issues.
I anticipate writing more about health since I think I may be able to provide some unique patient-centered information. Writing gives me an opportunity to use the knowledge and experience I have accumulated and to reach a wider audience than I could by seeing individual patients. Besides, you know how difficult it is to spend enough time with a patient in our current system to really educate them about their condition. It is not enough to hand the patient a pamphlet while running off to see the next patient. Most illness today is chronic disease as a result of lifestyle and nutrition plays a big role. Your traditional physician has almost no training in this area and this is something I cover in most of my books. Check out my bookstore to see what books I have available.