Hi there, welcome to the ‘About me’ part of my author blog.
Let me start by saying I really don’t like those ‘About’ pages on blogs where the owner talks about themselves in the third person. You can tell it’s them and not someone else writing about them and it’s rather cringe worthy.
As I’m sarcastic enough without having that red flag waved at me, I’m going to introduce myself as if I’m talking to you, not selling myself to you. Shocking I know! 😉
Let’s start with the fact that out in the real world you’ll not find me as Janis Hill. That’s my author name… if it helps I write under my maiden name. So if you used to know a Janis Hill who grew up in Darwin, Australia – yeah, guilty.
I live in the Adelaide Hills with my husband and three children – the latter lovingly referred to as ‘Demonic Hordes’ – and an ever increasing menagerie. We currently stand at two cats indoors and four chickens and three rabbits outside.
Despite my Hordes pleading, there’s no room for a dog in our lives (and home) right now… but if I get my way when I turn forty, we’ll at least have a parrot!
When not trying to make it as an Author, I’m a self-confessed Haus Frau by choice (meaning this is the career path I want right now). I do this by trying to find the right balance between horde wrangling, keeping house, studying for my degree in Internet Communications, café visits – for much needed hot chocolates – and writing. One of the main reasons for this life choice is my son, Horde#3. He was diagnosed HFASD in late 2014 and I’ve spent a lot of my time since then getting him into full time school, getting his support teams sorted out, learning how to best raised a HFASD child and two other kids (without making the other two feel left out). All in all, I get to be my son’s unofficial case manager, which you can’t do and hold down a “real” job. It happens. I’ve accepted it and moved on. That’s one of my main mantras in life BTW. 😉
I’m also known to be mildly obsessed with supporting local businesses and food producers and have a bit of a cookery book habit. As in, I love to collect them, the older the better. It’s great to be reminded of food used to look and taste before it became a reality TV competition. And old food isn’t all lard and offal you know.
Because of this passion and opinionated view, I became a Reviewer (note the capital R) in May 2015. I mostly review books right now, but have also done a few other products as well as author spotlights. The fact people have started approaching me to ask I consider reviewing their books or products… I’d like to think I’m doing something right. You can find my Reviewer blog as a link at the bottom of this page.
I’ve been writing most of my life and in August 2012 I signed my first publishing contract with Hague Publishing for eBook Bonnie’s Story: A Blonde’s Guide to Mathematics, which was released on June 15th, 2013.
May 2013 saw me finish my second major manuscript titled Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! After interest shown by a few different Indie Publishers, I signed once more with Hague Publishing in August 2013. It was released in September 2014 and I’ve pick up a bit of a fan base for it, which is pretty cool.
The great news about Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! is it’s the first book in series of five known as the Other World series. I’ve submitted the second book There’s no place like Hell to Hague Publishing and a tentative acceptance was given within weeks and now signed up to be published late 2016. Woohoo!
While I await its publication day, I’ve been working on the third book in the series We represent the Demon Guild. I’m really having fun with this Other World and I do hope other people enjoy it too. The research alone I’ve been doing on it is sooooo much fun! Yes, even fiction writers need to research.
Where you can find me…
Besides this blog, I can be found on different parts of the internet doing different things.
Bonnie’s Story – A Blonde’s Guide to Mathematics has its own page here.
There is also my Janis Hill – Author fan page here.
My Janis’ Journal – Eclectic reviews of a Busy Mum here.
Go over and Like the pages, they’re worth it. 😉
I can be found on Twitter @Janis_Hill.
I follow back, if you’re a chatty and interesting person. I don’t follow back those into spamming adverts or seeking follower fodder. I’m after quality followers, not a quantity of them as I use twitter to socialise rather advertise.
Look for me as JanisHill_Author.
Yeah, I sort of let my love of food and flowers (mostly food) loose on Instagram. You have been warned.
I have three other blogs on WordPress.
Janis’ Journal – Eclectic Reviews of a Busy Mum – Where I do all my reviewing.
My Thoughts on Food – Where I let my inner Foodie out to play. I also share recipes I’ve created.
Diaries of a Haus Frau – This is where I let my inner Haus Frau loose. Seriously, I need to vent about my kids (in the nicest possible ways) somewhere!
Oh, and I’m a member of ASA (Australian Society of Authors). They are fabulous and even sent me a pen!
Actually, they’re more than that. They are a really good safety net for any writers in Australia wanting to be taken seriously, so do check them out. It’s good to know they’re there to help when needed with advice, appropriate writer’s rates and other areas of support.
This page used to end with me stating I’m an unrepresented Author seeking a Literary Agent… I’m still unrepresented but honestly feel I’m going all right that way. Still a small fish in a very big literary ocean though. But I’ve found my own little spot to swim happily in. 😉