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Location: Iowa, USA
Gender: Female
Born: June 16, 1960
Interests: Writing, Reading, People
Member: Premier Author
Joined: August 2006
Visit Jan's author page here:

Jan firmly believes in never growing up, even though her five children appear to have done so. The daughter of a history professor and an artist, she learned to paint pictures with words at an early age.

An avid reader, she was never able to find one of those magic portals into her favorite stories, until "Julu", the opal dragon came along and took her to Jirvania.

Julu ~ Book One in the Julu series) is available on in paperback, hardcover and ebook format. It is also available through as an audiobook, narrated by the exceptionally talented Jannie Meisberger.

Julu continues to delight readers of all ages, and has received wonderful reviews. Check it out today!

The second book in the series, 'Jirvania', is currently being posted on FanStory, as it is written.

Her YA Science Fiction novel, Silverback, is also being presented on FanStory.

Don't tell God how big the storm is. Tell the storm how big God is!
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Janilou: Julu Book One in the Julu Series is now available on
Here is the link to my Amazon Author Page:

JULU is available in Paperback ($11.95), Hardcover($23.02) and Kindle ($2.99) format.

It is also available as an Audiobook through Audible, narrated by the exceptionally talented Jannie Meisberger.

It continues to receive outstanding Verified Purchase reviews. Thank you to all the dedicated Fanstorians who helped me polish it for publication! You rock!
May 12, 2018 at 10:18PM
    Nicole Hawley: You definitely paint pictures with words here. I was a little confused with the entrance of the gorilla without knowing the background first. I must admit, this is quite dark - "You killed him." You achieve a very nice balance of prose with dialogue. It's definitely not labored and flows very nicely. Good world building as I was brought into that living room. I was just wondering what the age demographic is for the story/your target audience.
    June 15, 2019 at 12:04PM

FanStory wrote to Janilou: Congratulations! Second place finish in the reviewing contest!
October 1, 2017 at 10:21AM
    michaelcahill: Congrats. Hope you'll stick around. I'm sure you can see you're needed!
    October 1, 2017 at 10:50AM
    mrsmajor: Congratulations, I just had the pleasure of one of your reviews...and your comments were thoughtful, and clear...thanks!
    October 1, 2017 at 11:41AM
    rama devi: Congratulations! Much deserved. Ditto what Mikey said. :-))))
    October 1, 2017 at 12:07PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    October 1, 2017 at 1:53PM

FanStory wrote to Janilou: Congratulations! All Dressed In White won the contest "Missing Bride"
August 2, 2013 at 12:08AM
    humpwhistle: Congratulations, Janilou. Great story.
    August 2, 2013 at 12:15PM
    rama devi: Congratulations! ;)
    August 2, 2013 at 4:48PM
    Edward Buatois: Congrats, you deserved to win!
    August 2, 2013 at 4:50PM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your "Missing Bride" win. judi
    August 2, 2013 at 7:12PM
    Phyllis Stewart: Congratulations! I was rooting for you, hoping this would win. :)
    August 2, 2013 at 11:12PM
    N.K. Wagner: congratulations, Janilu. Love the canine perspective.
    August 3, 2013 at 3:17AM
    Green Lake Girl: Congratulations! Loved your surprise ending.
    August 3, 2013 at 7:14AM
    July 16, 2016 at 11:55PM

Janilou: Thank you for reading my stories, blogs, and essays, and helping me to become a better writer. I love writing. It makes my life more complete to know my words can touch the hearts of others. Thank you.
October 29, 2012 at 2:15PM
    MidnightWriter4U: CONGRATULATIONS on placing first in the "Dear God" member created contest!
    March 21, 2013 at 1:34PM
    Carolyn H: Congratulations on a well-deserved win. Such a moving piece- and heartbreaking to read that it is non- fiction. Thank you for your courage in sharing your story.
    March 21, 2013 at 2:13PM

Janilou: Found my nephew, Johno! Woo Hoo! Or to be more Australian about it - you beauty! Four years ago, I posted, "Searching For Christopher," -- an open letter to my nephew, who was adopted at birth. He contacted us just last week. So happy I am! :-)
October 5, 2012 at 12:59AM
    bossladyone: Congrats. That is awsome
    October 5, 2012 at 1:22AM
    Sally Carter: Fantastic. Hope it all works well.
    October 5, 2012 at 3:45AM
    Lady & Louis: Great news, Jan! :)
    October 5, 2012 at 5:20AM
    bookishfabler: I would love too, but the season is crazy and business is doing well, and the next day is our big Christmas cruise. I truly hope you have a blast. Maybe next time.
    November 16, 2012 at 5:41PM

Janilou: Happy New Year everyone!
December 31, 2011 at 10:45AM

Janilou: I live on a small farm with my husband and daughter, five miles from the mighty Mississippi. When I'm not working or writing, we ride our Kentucky Mountain Saddle horses and travel.
August 23, 2011 at 11:29AM
    Ritsal: Hey Jan. Haven't seen you around much lately. Now, I know why. You just keep so busy between work, the farm and writing. :)
    August 23, 2011 at 2:35PM
    Celtic~Soul: Hi, Jani! Good to see you, and I hope all's well at Rainbow Gate. Busy is good--keeps away the boredom. (I know, most days I could use a little boredom too.)
    August 23, 2011 at 5:23PM
    Showboat: Hey Jan! We've missed you. Glad to hear you're keeping busy, tehee. Yes, sometimes a little down time is a huge blessing!

    August 23, 2011 at 7:26PM
    Janilou: No, R.J. Stewart! In that photo, I'm sitting in the Le Cellier Steakhouse restaurant, at E.P.C.O.T. Walt Disney World, Florida. But, hey even if it was a casino, your point?
    September 6, 2011 at 12:48PM

December 20, 2009 at 6:44PM
    Kate Austin: Dear Jan,
    Awhile ago you gave me "the key" to my piece. Your comment was that my story had been done over and over. Well I stepped out of the box, created a character and would love to have you review my piece. I will happily compensate you with member dollars or whatever. It is a short piece. Children's spiritual picture book-written in verse. I would prefer to send it to another email address as I would like to include an illustration or two for your feedback. Also, my work posted here is not up to date. If you would be so kind you can e-mail me your address Thanks so much. Hope to hear from you.
    April 11, 2010 at 10:43AM

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