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My name is Janet and I write stuff.

 

Writing has always been my favorite form of communication, in fact I even like emails. I'd rather text than talk on the phone. I think better on paper. Or a keyboard more accurately. 

I am a proud Introvert, and advocate for people who get their energy from alone time. I love me a good extrovert, don't get me wrong, but I also appreciate the quiet and deep thinkers who often get overlooked. I see you wall flowers.

I have seven Young Adult books published. My YA books are contemporary stories about being a teen. My stories are emotional and realistic  and some have been named to Best Books For Teens from the Canadian Children’s Book Center.  One is also a Junior Guild Library Selection book. Some have also been nominated for awards, so that's pretty cool, amiright?

I also have a fun and fluffy mid grade series about Mermaids, with beautiful illustrations by Katie Wood. These books are great for young kids.

In addition to fiction, I am the editor of a tough but necessary Young Adult Anthology, called YOU TOO? with essays about teen and child #MeToo experiences, written by acclaimed Young Adult authors. This book is an essential one for high school libraries. The content is mature and contains triggers, but it's a great book for opening conversations about hard topics that need to be discussed.

 

I've also written some educational books for young readers and many articles for magazines. Mmm. Writing. It really does complete me.

I also have a small publishing company, called Eman Books that produces personalized books for kids. These books are illustrated by Jupiter's Muse and are intended as keepsakes for kids. You can check these books out at www.emanbooks.com. 


All in all, I wasn't great at being a young adult, which is probably why I'm drawn to write about those years. I'm much better at being an old adult, most days anyways, but like all of us I am a work in progress. 

If you'd like to know more about me, what exactly is wrong with you? Ha. Just kidding. You can ask me whatever you like. Except my weight. Or what my darkest secret is. We all have secrets, don't we? We have to keep a few to ourselves.

 

If you want to chat. Hey. That's cool. 

Send me a note

jlgurtler@shaw.ca 

Janet G