I never wanted to be a writer. My childhood dream was to play centerfield for the New York Yankees. Iím still waiting for the call, but in the meantime Iíve got something to keep me busy.

Being a writer is like filling balloons of paint and dropping them from tall buildings. Dribs and drabs, blotches and swatches. Connect the dots - or not. Anything can happen.

To me itís like doing the hokey-pokey: stuff goes in, stuff goes out, then I shake it all about. I toss in a few characters, plop in a problem, chop up some action, sprinkle with a kiss, a hiss; a hug, a bug, until tastes just right. Itís as mysterious as cracking open a safe; I donít know what Iíll find, but Iím going in. I roll up my sleeves and get to work. Then I never give up.

The pitcher, Bob Feller, said, ďYou canít teach someone how to throw a fastball. Itís like trying to teach someone how to grow hair on a bald head.Ē I donít care about structure or grammar or endings or beginnings; I spit the rules out like chewing tobacco and just step up to the plate. The author, John Updike, complains that in golf ďthereís nothing between you and the hole but what youíve managed to put there.Ē I donít worry if people will like my stories. If someone asks me if Iím famous and if she should know me, I always say ďyes.Ē Forget the sand traps and ponds, the doubts, the pouts. I take a deep breath and relax, then whack! My ballís on the green.

But how do you do it, people ask. Where do you get your ideas?

When I was in kindergarten, the art teacher wouldnít hang up my picture. She said the apples on my tree couldnít be pink. ďTheyíre not apples,Ē I said. ďThe treeís wearing nail polish.Ē Mrs. B. smelled like moth balls and when she snarled her face creased like an accordion. I heard she slept in a closet, hanging upside down like a bat. Her teeth were chipped, as if brushed with a screwdriver and she left out the all vowels when she spoke. ďStppp! Whtt yrr dng?Ē she grunted, squeezing my wrist until I dropped the paint brush. But I stared right back, hoping my eyeballs would pop out and bop her in the face. I didnít like her, not one bit. So I -

Between you and me, none of this happened...I donít write about myself or people I know. Itís more fun to make everything up. The best thing about writing, besides being able to work in my pajamas, is that I get to be the boss. I can turn a character into an ice cream cone, make volcanoes erupt chocolate syrup, create a new language called Froglish. If what I want lies buried, I dig until I find it. Then like a puppy shaking herself out from the rain, the words slip/​slide across the page; backwards, upside down and blurry, until I set them straight. Thatís how I write. I just do it.

I write childrenís books and adult fiction for magazines and anthologies that sell all over the world.

My work has been published in Glimmer Train,StoryQuarterly,Fiction Magazine, Iowa Review, Idaho Review, Alaska Quarterly,Greensboro Review, Quarterly West,Chattahoochee Review,The Sun, New York Stories,Mid-America Review, North Dakota Quarterly,Confrontation, American Voice,Hawaii Review, Prism International,Saint Anne's Review,Literal Latte,Portland Review,Madison Review,Kalliope,Belletrist Review,The American Way American Airlines,Carribean Review,East Hampton Star, Vincent Brothers Review, Rosebud Magazine,Snake Nation Press,Widener Review,Kit Kat Review,Citizens in America,Arizona Carefree Enterprise,New Frontiers,Buffalo Spree,Puerto del Sol, Washington Square Review,Pulphouse Fiction, New Frontiers,Widener Review,Troika, Americas,Blue Mesa Review,Passionfruit,Nightlife Magazine,Sundry Magazine, Citizens in America, Child Life,Ladybug, Cicada

..... and in the anthologies Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories From The Left Hand of God,If I Had My Life To Live Over, Women At Our Core,Not What I Expected, Just Between Us, Time Of Our Lives, Lovers,Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Gifts Of Our Fathers,Our Mothers-Our Selves, An Intricate Weave,Grandmother Earth, Global City Reivew, Traffic Life, Silver Boomers Anthology,Hunger and Thirst Anthology, Families:The Front Line of Pluralism, Winterhawk Zeus,Main Street Rag, Bullying Beyond The School Yard ... to name just a few.

Iíve won the Writerís Digest Magazine Competition for best literary short story three times. Finalist in Iowa Review Short Story Contest, Glimmer Train Honorable Mention Short Story

I also teach writing at Hofstra University. I've worked with adults and teenagers in Hofstra's Summer Master Writing Program in the areas of juvenile, adolescent and adult fiction. In my private consulting business, I work with aspiring (and perspiring) writers on all elements of the craft; contact me and we'll take this journey together!

Iíve written 21 childrenís books, with more on the way.

They've been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Italian.

Some are part of reading programs and classroom curriculum.

Others are used by social workers and mental health professionals.

My books make you laugh and think a bit. Theyíre all fun to read!

When I write for children, I pretend Iím a child. When I write for adults, Iím still a child; I just have bigger parts.

Keep scrolling down and you'll see pictures of me and my dog. Zoe is the only one who can enter my office without permission. She sits under the desk and edits my stories. If she likes them, she licks my toes. If she doesnít, she snores. When she drops her leash on my lap, itís time to take a hike.

Read my books and tell me what YOU think at janice@​ If I donít get back to you, Zoe will, as soon as her nails dry. Sheís learning how to type.

Coming soon! "Papa Gave Me A Stick" (Starlight Books)

From Dr. Laura Schlessinger:
"This one is good for you to buy if you are the parent of a bully! Yes! This is a bully-friendly bookÖ to give to bullies -
which is a novel approach in the anti-bullying campaign - a book for offenders. Itís fun. Itís well done. Itís macho, in a
sweet way. So if you have a kid, and you get reports that you want to deny or blame on the other kid, if your kid says
mean this kid, J.J., Öthis book discusses the harmful lasting effects of being bullied and the importance of
discovering common ground. Itís cute. And itís the first book Iíve found that is for bullies. Itís fun to read, and hopefully
will touch them. If you are a grandparent or you are a teacher, this would be a cool book to read to that kid whoís just
tickling the edge of being a little monster, and itís very sweet."

Do I love my dog - or what?! Scrollll down.

Children's Picture Books

"If I can't make friends," Thomas thinks, "I'll be a bully instead." There's just one problem with Thomas's brilliant plan: he makes a terrible bully. A.toadilly terrible one, in fact.
Diva Duck does all of the duck stuff. But her feathers aren't into it. Diva has dreams of life beyond the farm. Diva Duck learns her true talent and her life changes as she follows her dreams. Soon, everyone wants a piece of the duck!
After Gonzalo, the Rooster, won the Loteria, he pecked the farmer, don Chucho, on the butt."I'm rich!" he said. "Get another rooster. I quit!"He hopped off the roof. "This rooster stuff is nothing to crow about. It's time to grab the good life!Adios!"And off he went...follow him as he tries to live la vida loca!
A bully learns his lesson from arm wrestling Hammer Hand Man!
It's the Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca, Mexico. Will don Pedro win First Prize in the Radish Carving Contest? A radish jumps out of his hand and rolls out the door, singing, "Places to go, people to see...Out of my way, you can't carve ME!" What will happen next?!
What happens if you can't live with your parents?
A Day of the Dead Story in a bilingual format for the younger child. "Abuelito's spirit will come like a butterfly," Mama says, "quiet and beautiful. You will feel him in your heart.""What if Abuelito's spirit gets lost?" I ask."His spirit is like the butterflies," Mama says. "They come to our town every year- they don't get lost! Abuelito's spirit knows the way, too."
Preparing to celebrate the Day of the Dead, Nando remembers all he liked about his favorite uncle
Tina doesnít like to visit her grandfather. Will she learn to appreciate a grandfatherís love?
There once was a man who lived in a hat. Don't ask. Things happen.
It's Cinco de Mayo! Mama marches in a parade. Papa plays in a mariachi band. Abuelita cooks a special meal. Abuelito tells the story of the brave Mexicans who fought so long ago on this day. I wave the flag. Viva Mexico! Simple crafts and "find what's missing pictues" add to the celebration in this happy holiday book.
What if your dad found a new girlfriend - one who was completely, totally uncool?
Children's Picture Books
When you have a dream, anything is possible!
Diva Duck is destined for greatness, so why would SHE need school?
Diva Duck's new CD is a hit and she is off on a world tour. Nothing can stop her. She is one hot duck!
Diva Duck and her farm animals have returned from their world travels. But Diva isn't happy to be home. she is destined for greatness...and for Hollywood, even it it means going alone!
Don't be bullied! Read how Flip-Flop Frog outsmarts the mean Bully Frogs!
Do you ever feel shy? Read how Flip-Flop Frog learns that everyone is special in her own way!
Do you have a younger brother or sister? Wish you didn't? Read how Flip-Flop learns to deal with the new baby in the family.
Do you have BFF's? Best Friends Forever? Read how Flip-Flop Frog learns about the ups and downs of friendship.
This fall, the RL Gang gives you a rare glimpse into their homes as they get ready for a field trip they will never forget. As the kids explore an awesome new land, they learn the importance of compassion and lending a hand.