Why Do I Write?

Buried Under Books

Janis Susan May PattersonJanis Susan May/Janis Patterson is a 7th-generation Texan and a 3rd-generation wordsmith who writes in mystery, romance, horror, children’s and non-fiction/scholarly. Once an actress and a singer, Janis has also been editor-in-chief of two multi-magazine publishing groups as well as many other things, including being one of the original 40 or so women who founded RWA and an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist. Janis and her husband live in Texas with an assortment of rescued furbabies.



That’s a question I get asked fairly often. I mean, I was educated and trained for another profession, I’ve worked in a plethora of widely varied jobs and industries (from magazine editor to acting to Supervisor of Accessioning at a DNA testing lab, for example), and I have a number of skillsets, so people are curious why I am so happily settled in such a notoriously non-lucrative industry. Yes, I know the superstars make…

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