Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000, when her first collection of short stories, Cruel Enchantment, was published by Black Lace (Virgin Books). Her novels, single-author collections and many short stories have now seen publication by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, Samhain and Ellora’s Cave amongst others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology Geek Love and was alarmed to find what how ruthless and demanding she was in that role.
Born in North Wales, Janine grew up first in Hong Kong and then back in Britain. In the flesh, Janine is a red-head who lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and – for five years of muddy feet, asthma and shouting – as a full-time costumed Viking. She has a degree in philosophy and a diploma in forestry, but never really had any career plan ... as is painfully obvious. Nowadays she devotes all her working hours to writing, wasting time on Facebook, and playing Slitherlink.
Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, graveyards, having her cake and eating it, holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage, and any movie or TV series featuring men in very few clothes beating hell out of each other. She’s a roleplaying geek and can still sometimes be found running round in the woods hitting other geeks with a rubber sword. Or playing Dungeons and Dragons.
It is unlikely she will grow up anytime soon.
Janine's writing influences and heroes are Angela Carter, Pat Califia, Alan Moore, H P Lovecraft and M R James. It will not be any surprise to learn that she writes horror stories under another name. She's written two Jamesian/erotic ghost stories so far, but never any Lovecraftian erotica - there are just some things that Man Was Not Meant To See!
"A magazine-style blog by published female erotica writers: Black Lace, Cheek etc. I was a contributor to this blog for two years, and although it has now closed, all the posts are still available in archive. There's so much stuff there - including excerpts from all my books. Some of the posts I wrote that I like best were those on Killing Characters, Goatee Beards, Bollywood Men, The Art of Procrastination and Pirates."
F-Stop: expose the naked I
"A personal look at my experience of depression, on a blog that asked erotica writers to expose their vulnerable selves."