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 writing 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.
Now I live in the Adelaide Hills with my husband, three children – lovingly referred to as ‘Demonic Hordes’ – and several rescue animals that include chickens, rabbits, a cat and three indoor galahs.
When not writing, I’m a stay at home carer for her children and their neuro-diverse needs, an avid blogger, reviewer, ‘make do and mend’ crafter, and self-proclaimed Haus Frau. My author motto is: “House, Hordes & Hubby when my characters don’t need me.”
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.
Although I’ve been writing all her life, it’s only been in recent years I’ve enjoyed success with articles and prose submitted to online eZines, websites, and competitions. My freelance articles have been published on sites such as ‘Mouth of Mums’ and ‘Mum Central’. In 2013 my first book, ‘Bonnie’s Story: A Blonde’s Guide to Mathematics’, was published by Hague Publishing as an eBook, debuting as part of the Adelaide’s Writers Festival that same year.
Since then I’ve had further success with ‘The Other World’ series. Starting with ‘Isis, Vampires, and Ghosts – Oh My!’ published as an eBook in 2014 and as a paperback in 2018. Followed by ‘There’s no place like Hell.’ published as an eBook in 2018 and as a paperback in March 2019. I’m still with Hague Publishing and hope to finish my five book ‘The Other World’ series with them soon. I am currently writing book three ‘We represent the Demon Guild’.
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 Janis_the_Eclectic_Mumma.
Yeah, I sort of let my love of food and flowers (mostly food) loose on Instagram. You have been warned.
I have other blogs on WordPress. Right now, my Eclectic Mumma review blog is the only other one really active.
Janis’ Journal – Eclectic Reviews of a Busy Mum – Where I do all my reviewing.
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. The Literary Agents I’ve approached haven’t wanted me… and so I feel I know my place. Unrepresented Indie author – and PROUD! ❤
Still a small fish in a very big literary ocean though. But I’ve found my own little spot to swim happily in. 😉