Janet's "Orkney Day-Tripper" won first place in the Writers Journal travel writing contest in November of 2003. The article was published in the May/June, 2004, issue of Writers Journal. Her short piece, "Aunt Ella's Model-T" was published in the March, 2007, issue of Cobblestone magazine. From May 2006 through December 2012, Janet wrote a "Did You Know?" local history column every other week for Harrisburg Horizons newspaper.
As a member of the Queens Writers Group, which is made up of individuals who have completed Judy Simpson's fiction writing course, Janet's work has been published in two books. Her first short story, "The Tailor's Shears" was published in 2002 in Inheriting Scotland, a collection of short stories edited by Theresa Reilly Alsop. Another of Janet's short stories, "Slip-Sliding Away" was published (and was the lead story) in 2003 in Tales for a Long Winter's Night, edited by Judith H. Simpson.
In 2014, Janet's vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, was published by Arcadia Publishing. She hopes to also write vintage postcard books about the piedmont and coastal regions of the state.
Janet is a member of Rocky River Presbyterian Church, Rocky River Readers Book Club, Friends of the Harrisburg Library, and the North Carolina Society of Historians.
Janet received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in history from Appalachian State University and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. A lifelong interest in family history led her to team up with her sister, Marie, to compile three Rocky River Morrison genealogy books that were published in 1996.
After working in local government and the travel industry, Janet discovered in her forties that she really wanted to be a writer. Taking Judy Simpson's fiction writing course at Queens University in Charlotte gave her the skills she needed to be a freelance writer.