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About Me:
I am a fulltime reporter who's trying to get back into writing my own fiction. I love thrillers, suspense stories and great characters that you just have to hate.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Jonathan Kellerman, Lisa Scottoline, James Grippando, Tom Savage, Carl Hiaasen

My very favorite book is The Grapes of Wrath, and I bring home four or five new books from the library every week so I always have a "new" favorite.

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Envy. Not covetousness, just regular old jealousy.

I have a friend, a former co-worker, who has my life. Not my actual life, but the life I always envisioned for myself.

We won't even get into the personal/family reasons for this; I just want to talk about the book.

Like many people, I have a partially finished WIP that for long time, a long time ago, seemed to have great promise. Then I had to go back to work…

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:21am — 1 Comment

Now I remember...

...why I quit writing that damned book. I hauled it out yesterday and read it over, especially the last three or four chapters. I got to the end of Chapter 19, and that's all I had written back when I was working on it regularly. As I read it again, I realized I had absolutely no idea where to go from there. I guess I thought that letting it sit and percolate for, oh, three years would be a good thing. HA! I actually want to work on it again and I'm just clueless. Looking back on when I was… Continue

Posted on May 25, 2008 at 8:14am

Maybe now

Well, tomorrow I stop being a full-time reporter and become a nearly-full-time videographer. My newspaper has a lively and growing Web presence, and tomorrow I'll start doing a daily online newscast spotlighting what's coming up in the paper. It's a great opportunity for me to learn how to do something new, increase my marketability and break out of a really well established rut. On the other hand, it's a whole lot of stress on top of the overflowing portion I've already got. What I'm hoping… Continue

Posted on May 12, 2008 at 1:56pm

I'm trying

I tried yesterday to find the books that my friends on Crimespace have written. At the library, of course -- I have neither the budget nor the space to justify buying every book I want to read. What I discovered was that in this case, I'll have to buck up and buy if I want to read such things as "Death Will get You Sober" and "The Sex Club." With titles like that, why wouldn't I? So that'll be my next project.

Well, not project exactly. Buying books I seriously want to read isn't a… Continue

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 3:08pm

A new chapter

Well, I've been a member of Crimespace for, oh, about 12 hours and silly as this sounds I am very excited to have the chance to get to know other writers and find inspiration for the things I want to write. As I peruse the lists of books all the members here have written, my reading list is growing and I'm more excited about writing fiction than I have been in a very long time.

So please say hello when you get the chance, help me keep the bubble of inspiration from popping!

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 1:08am

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At 2:32am on July 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Janet, I want to introduce you to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. I was wondering if you would like to review my book for your blog or sites such as Amazon. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. If you would like to read it I can mail an advance readers copy to you. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:07am on April 28, 2008, Doug M. Cummings said…
As we all know, reporters ROCK!
At 5:13am on April 15, 2008, L. A. Starks said…
Janet, You're in the right space for finding many new authors and a community of fellow readers. Best, LAS
At 4:01am on April 15, 2008, Michael W. Sherer said…
Thanks for the add.
At 1:40am on April 15, 2008, Grant McKenzie said…
Welcome, Janet. Have fun and don't feed the squirrels ;-)
At 1:19am on April 15, 2008, Ian Gosling said…
Hi Janet
Welcome to Crimespace. There are some great people here, although I'm starting to find it a big distraction. I should be finishing my secoond book, but I'm online instead. I'm gonna have to get some self discipline ~ any ideas? Ian
At 1:16am on April 15, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
I hope you enjoy it! For me, THE SEX CLUB was the most satisfying novel I've written. So far ....
At 1:06am on April 15, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Janet
Welcome to CrimeSpace and good luck with your writing. "Great characters that you just have to hate" — Agreed. They really make or break a crime story.

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