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Janice has been writing for as long as she can remember. She's always kept a diary and still does. She says it's fascinating to look back to a specific day and year and see exactly what she did that day. She admits she's not compulsive about very much else, but says she writes in her diary on a daily basis. Janice majored in journalism at California State University, Long Beach, and worked as a reporter on a number of small and short-lived weekly papers for several years before deciding that there had to be more reliable, maybe even lucrative, ways to make a living. She switched to public relations in the early 1980s and eventually became director of media relations for a large west coast HMO. In that capacity, she had the memorable experience of saying no to Mike Wallace when the 60 Minutes crew showed up one day. She left the corporate world in 1990 and freelanced for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times. She also ghost-wrote numerous medical articles for various professional journals. Today she combines fiction and nonfiction writing and works from her home in Vista, California, where she lives with her husband on three acres with an ever-changing cast of animals, including a pygmy goat. Most recently Janice has discovered the joys of living on the water. During the week, she's been staying on a Columbia 26-foot sailboat docked in Long Beach Marina, using her laptop and cell phone to work and keep in touch. Janice has two grown children, Christopher, who lives in Washington, and Carolyn, who is building a home in Flagstaff. She also has a granddaughter, Emily.