The pithy version:
From Janine Donoho’s birth in luminous San Francisco to her Annie Oakley kidhood in Nevada, she grows into a human who designs her own clothes and wanders where curiosity leads her. When her spaniel Pete saves her baby butt from rolling out of a careening car, Janine learns that she bonds easily with furry critters. Thus her degree in biology—and her penchant for rescued sighthounds and pond kitties. As scholarship student, then Snow Queen and Military Ball Queen nominee, Janine learns to cope with the limelight. Costumes help.
Her flair for applied design comes in handy, too—dance and choreography captivate her. Science-heavy degrees mean careers in test engineering and biology. Along the way, she refines the art of the scribble. This leads to her discovery that writing can flourish between the cracks as Janine finishes short stories, essays, and eight novels in a haze of full-time work nested with wifely- and mommy-induced exhaustion.
Janine’s writing continues to garner awards, but that’s not why she writes. She writes to howl the pack into existence—to join a temporary herd. She revels in her current opportunity to write, design drought- and deer-resistant gardens, and break into spontaneous dance. Janine makes her home with her intrepid husband, Italian greyhound, whippet, and tuxedo cat in the spectacular Okanogan highlands of Washington State. Mountain lions, coyotes, and bears—oh, my!