Janet Shoaff began writing after retiring from a thirty-year career as an executive in corporate sales management. Her passion to write comes from the belief that inspirational fiction mirrors circumstances that so many of us—or those close to us—have experienced, painting a realistic picture of how the amazing power of God’s love makes treasure from tragedy.
Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Kentucky. She initially majored in Business her freshman year and did well academically, but her advisor didn’t agree with her goals—it was 1966, after all. After asking him about classes for sophomore year, he—in a true Kentucky drawl—said, “Jan, women don’t belong in business” . . . hence, the English degree. Upon graduation, she held a succession of jobs requiring no degree until 1974 when she was chosen for the management training program of a major corporation. Her career continued to grow over the years, and she became a Vice President in both the retail and the banking industries.
Janet lives in Arizona and cherishes every moment spent with family and friends. Because of her two precious stepdaughters, she has the enormous delight of being Grandma to five amazing grandchildren. Most days simply do not contain enough hours since she loves power-walking, biking, sewing, cooking, watching movies—in a theater or on her iPad—and reading, reading, reading. Although Janet has done quite a bit of international travel, she loves road trips in the good old USA most of all. But her favorite place to be? At home with her husband, Michael!
Since giving her life to Christ in 1976, Janet is continually awed by the veracity and practicality of Scripture. She and Michael facilitate divorce recovery classes because of their passion for serving others who seek support when the challenges of life become overwhelming. They adhere to 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” Janet’s prayer is that the characters in her books live out what she has had the immeasurable joy to witness in her own life and the lives of others, that God brings splendor into the lives of those who seek and trust Him in their darkest times.