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Janet Slingerland
Children's author

Here I am in one of my favorite places on Earth - the children's book section of my local library.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

~ Maya Angelou ~

About Me


Growing up, I was always writing, but I never imagined being a writer. For many years I thought I would work with animals. I imagined being Jane Goodall, but I was afraid of what I might find in the jungles of Africa. I thought about being a veterinarian, but I couldn't imagine sticking my hand up a horse's...,well, you know.

I ended up studying electrical engineering and spent 15 years writing software - the instructions that tell computers what to do. The computers I worked on were buried inside things like submarines, telephones, and airplanes. When I got married and had kids, I started reading lots and lots of books for children. Then I started thinking about writing books of my own.

I’ve been writing for children for a while now. In addition to my books, I’ve had articles and activities published in magazines like Highlights for Children, Jack & Jill, and Fun for Kidz. I know now I’ll always be a writer. I spend lots of time reading and writing. And thinking about things to write. And reading and revising. And, well, you get the idea.

I love doing crazy writer challenges like Storystorm (which used to be PiBoIdMo - Picture Book Idea Month), NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week). I’ve completed each one at least once, but I’m still waiting to publish my first fiction book.

When I’m not reading and writing, you may find me researching my family history, visiting museums, hiking, or just hanging out with my family. I am a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout leader, a school library volunteer, and typical mom (driver, cook, maid, and drill sergeant).