Janet Majerus grew up in Quincy, Illinois, a beautiful old river
town on the bluffs of the Mississippi. After graduating from the
University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana, she started a career as a
science editor, first with a scientific publishing house and then free
lance. Tiring of correcting other people's manuscripts, she decided
to try her hand at writing fiction. The result was her first novel,
Grandpa and Frank.
"I was extraordinarily successful--hard back, paper back, large
print, and a movie," Janet said. "The movie, Home to Stay, a CBS
television feature, was the frosting on the cake, particularly when I
found out that Henry Fonda would play Grandpa. Then the drought hit
and, except for a short story, I could not get anything else
It was then that Janet completely changed her career path again
and decided to devote her time to public service in University City,
Missouri, a city of 40,000 people and a suburb of St. Louis. "I
started out on the Traffic Commission then moved on the Planning and
Zoning Commission. It was after that experience that I decided to run
for elective office," she said.
Janet was elected to the six-member City Council, but soon decided
to run for mayor. Her tenure as mayor lasted for ten years. "It was
an exciting, but exhausting time, and after ten years of phone calls,
meetings, and political machinations, I was ready to step down."
The result was a return to her first love of writing fiction and a published murder mystery,
"The Best Laid Plans
This was followed by the second mystery in the Jessie Schroeder series, Thicker Than Water
The third book in the series, The Ayes Have It
, was released in August 2013.
All three books are now available as ebooks in all formats.
"I've often been asked why I changed genres from a family story to murder
mysteries," she laughed. "My experience in politics taught me a lot
about intrigue, plots, misleading statements, and half truths. Seemed
a shame not to use that experience."
Janet and her husband Robert Burke now live outside of Taos, New Mexico, with their cat
Roxie AKA Genevieve.