Janet Woods was born and raised in Dorset, England, and has lived in Australia for many years with her husband and their expanding family. Her many novels (she writes two a year) have been print published by Robert Hale, Simon and Shuster and Severn House in the UK, and well-reviewed. Most have sold on to large print and audio editions and have settings that cover the British Isles and Australia.
Janet usually writes historical romance, modern relationship novels and saga,and she likes to twist a little intrigue into the mix. She can turn her hand to modern stories and fantasy. Her first historical romance came third in the Random House/Women’s Day competition and went on to win the Australian Romantic Novel of the Year award in 2001. Amongst other competition wins and places, Janet has won the society’s Bronze Quill for short story writing twice.
An accomplished and well-published short story writer, Janet has over 50 short story publications in popular magazines at home and overseas. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, and she co-compiled and edited the SWW, WA millennium anthology FOOTPRINTS. An occasional short story written for children has found its way into educational publications published by Oxford University Press, Harcourt, Puffin and Pearsons.
Over the years Janet has involved herself in the running of the SWW, WA, starting out in the essential job of tea lady. More recently she’s spent several years as the Bronze Quill receiving officer. She spent fourteen years on the committee, doing a 2 year stint as branch president. She helped to organize the last federal conference held in WA in 1992, and acted as treasurer for the federal body for two years. As well she's judged numerous competitions and has mentored successfully for the ASA. She was commended for her encouraging critiquing by the Romance Writers of Australia, and under their auspices she runs a critique group, which she regards as her most useful writing tool. Janet has been a member of the SWW since 1987. She was awarded honorary life membership in 2001.