Janet was born in Moncton, New Brunswick to an Acadian mother and a father of Irish descent, and is fluently bilingual. She has been telling or writing stories all her life, and counts getting her first library card at age seven as among the most important events of her life. She was employed as a journalist with the Telegraph-Journal and Evening Times-Globe in Saint John, New Brunswick from 1982-1989, after obtaining a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College in 1982. She also wrote short radio pieces and documentaries for CBC Radio in Moncton, and a few magazine articles.
Janet also holds a B.A. in Psychology (Waterloo), a diploma in Historical/Natural Interpretive Services (Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology), a certificate in adult education (St. Francis Xavier) and studied folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
She lives in Halifax, where after leaving journalism, she worked for the federal government, first as an interpretation specialist with Parks Canada, then as a Human Resources Advisor with a variety of federal departments. Now happily retired since 2009, she has time and freedom to devote to writing. She is currently working on a historical novel set in the 1870s in Jersey, Channel Islands, and Isle Madame, Cape Breton, along with shorter works of fiction. She is one of the founding members of Evergreen Writers Group.