After Janet graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in journalism, she married her high school sweetheart Craig and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor.  They eventually settled down in the Sierra Valley in northern California, where Craig is a rancher and where there is not a single stoplight in the entire county. In their town of 700+ folks, she says they have raised four pretty good children – three done with college – and are now enjoying the grandkids, all of whom are perfect. As a high school English teacher, academic advisor, and teacher mentor, Janet says the only pastime she has time for is friends!  And she looks forward to knowing you better! Find her on Facebook or her blog:

Janet’s mission is to get you Looking Up! In fact, she prays daily that she will encourage others through her teaching, writing, and speaking. No matter what the subject is — prayer, spiritual health, writing, family, friends, or faith – Janet will fill you with help from God's Word, hope from her own stories, and honest humor from her heart.

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

--Emily Dickinson

The author of 19 books Janet has written Girlfriend Gatherings: Creative Ways to Stay Connected and several on prayer:
• PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline
• Daily PrayerWalk: Meditations for a Deeper Prayer Life
• Prayer Changes Teens: How to Parent from Your Knees
• PrayerStreaming: Staying in Touch With God All Day Long
• My Prayer Buddy Devotional: For a Sisterhood of Prayer Partners

She also has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines, including Today's Christian Woman, Decision, and Guideposts.  Additionally, stories about her transformation through prayerwalking and her passion for her community have been aired on radio and television stations around the country and have appeared in magazines such as Health, Family Circle, First and Catholic Digest.