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Janice Spina

Janice Spina
BIOGRAPHY

I am a multi-award-winning author with 28 published books for children, MG/PT/YA and 18+. Writing in multi-genres is what I love to do.

Providing good clean reading for children with life lessons is important to me. My goal is to encourage children and adults to read daily to benefit their health and well being.

My husband is my illustrator and cover creator. Together we will continue to provide entertaining books for all ages.

Janice Spina's Books

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Dayby Janice SpinaPublish: Jan 31, 2020Series: Drystan the Dragon and FriendsFantasy Children's
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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roarby Janice SpinaPublish: Apr 10, 2020Series: Drystan the Dragon and FriendsFantasy Children's
Louey the Lazy Elephant
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Louey the Lazy Elephantby Janice SpinaPublish: Aug 30, 2013Children's
Abby & Holly Series, Book 4: The Hidden Stairway
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Abby & Holly Series, Book 4: The Hidden Stairwayby Janice SpinaPublish: Feb 11, 2020Series: Abby & HollyMysteries Teen & Young Adult
Abby & Holly Series Book 5: The Copper Key
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Abby & Holly Series Book 5: The Copper Keyby Janice SpinaPublish: May 04, 2020
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Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoonby Janice SpinaPublish: Oct 10, 2013Children's
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Lamby the Lonely Lambby Janice SpinaPublish: Mar 13, 2014Children's
Jerry the Crabby Crayfish
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Jerry the Crabby Crayfishby Janice SpinaPublish: Feb 18, 2014Children's
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Jesse the Precocious Polar Bearby Janice SpinaPublish: Apr 18, 2014Children's
Broose the Moose on the Loose
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Broose the Moose on the Looseby Janice SpinaPublish: Mar 01, 2015Children's
Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey
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Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkeyby Janice SpinaPublish: May 22, 2015Children's
Colby the Courageous Cat
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Colby the Courageous Catby Janice SpinaPublish: Oct 09, 2016Children's
Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe
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Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffeby Janice SpinaPublish: May 26, 2017Children's
Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab
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Clarence Henry the Hermit Crabby Janice SpinaPublish: Jan 15, 2018Children's
Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier
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Lucy the Talented Toy Terrierby Janice SpinaPublish: Mar 18, 2018Children's
The First Star
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The First Starby Janice SpinaPublish: Feb 19, 2019Children's
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phoneby Janice SpinaPublish: May 03, 2015Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives SeriesTeen & Young Adult
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Catby Janice SpinaPublish: Aug 22, 2015Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives SeriesTeen & Young Adult
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3)by Janice SpinaPublish: Aug 08, 2016Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives SeriesTeen & Young Adult
The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4)
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The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4)by Janice SpinaPublish: Dec 30, 2016Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives SeriesTeen & Young Adult
The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5)
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The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5)by Janice SpinaPublish: Jun 04, 2017Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives SeriesTeen & Young Adult
The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6
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The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6by Janice SpinaPublish: Apr 17, 2019Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives SeriesTeen & Young Adult
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Abby & Holly, School Danceby Janice SpinaPublish: Jul 02, 2018Series: Abby & HollyTeen & Young Adult
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Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Eventsby Janice SpinaPublish: Oct 12, 2018Series: Abby & HollyTeen & Young Adult
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Abby and Holly Series, Book 3: Secrets of the Trunk (Abby and Holly)by Janice SpinaPublish: Aug 31, 2019Series: Abby & HollyTeen & Young Adult
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Hunting Mariahby Janice Spina JE SpinaPublish: Oct 22, 2014Series: Mariah SeriesCrime Fiction Thrillers Suspense Mysteries
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Mariah's Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah)by Janice Spina JE SpinaPublish: Mar 14, 2018Series: Mariah SeriesCrime Fiction Thrillers Suspense
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How Far Is Heavenby J.E. Spina / Janice SpinaPublish: Jun 03, 2016Mysteries Paranormal Romance
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An Angel Among Us: (A Short Story Collection)by J.E. Spina / Janice SpinaPublish: Mar 07, 2017Mysteries Supernatural Suspense Contemporary Romance Science Fiction Fantasy Horror more»

Janice Spina's Series in Order

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  • Drystan the Dragon and Friends

    Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar - Published on Apr, 2020 Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day - Published on Jan, 2020
  • Abby & Holly

    Abby & Holly Series, Book 4: The Hidden Stairway - Published on Feb, 2020 Abby and Holly Series, Book 3: Secrets of the Trunk (Abby and  Holly) - Published on Aug, 2019 Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events - Published on Oct, 2018 Abby & Holly, School Dance - Published on Jul, 2018
  • Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series

    The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6 - Published on Apr, 2019 The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) - Published on Jun, 2017 The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4) - Published on Dec, 2016 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3) - Published on Aug, 2016 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat - Published on Aug, 2015 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone - Published on May, 2015
  • Mariah Series

    Mariah's Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) - Published on Mar, 2018 Hunting Mariah - Published on Oct, 2014

Janice Spina's Awards and Achievements

    Janice Spina has earned excellence awards over time. Here is the glimpse of the accolades clinched by the author.

  • Book Excellence Award Finalist
    2020

    The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2019

    The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6

    award
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Award - Bronze Medal
    2019

    Abby & Holly, School Dance

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2019

    Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2019

    Abby and Holly Series, Book 3: Secrets of the Trunk (Abby and Holly)

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2018

    Colby the Courageous Cat

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2018

    Abby & Holly, School Dance

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2018

    Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2018

    Broose the Moose on the Loose

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2017

    The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5)

    award
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - Honorable Mention
    2017

    Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2017

    Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3)

    award
  • Authorsdb Cover Contest - Silver Medal
    2017

    The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5)

    award
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - Silver Medal
    2017

    Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3)

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2016

    Jerry the Crabby Crayfish

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2016

    Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone

    award
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    2016

    Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat

    award
  • Authorsdb First Lines Contest Finalist
    2016

    Mariah's Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah)

    achievement
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - 5-Star Review
    2016

    The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4)

    achievement
  • Authorsdb First Lines Contest - Finalist
    2015

    Hunting Mariah

    achievement
  • Mom’s Choice Awards - Silver Medal
    2014

    Lamby the Lonely Lamb

    award

Janice Spina interview On 14, Feb 2020

"The author writes lovely children's books with accompanying colored drawings that are delightful and well done. Janice captures the spirit of adventure in her narratives. She understands what will interest children. Louey the Lazy Elephant is the first book by the author."
Where did you grow up? What is your favorite place in your hometown?

I grew up in Methuen, Massachusetts. Most of the places I knew when I was growing up are now gone. One of my favorite places was an Italian restaurant (now gone) where we could get sauce sandwiches, chicken cutlets that spilled out of the bread. It was a great place to meet our friends and enjoy the delicious food. Sadly I guess all good things come to an end.

What types of books did you love reading?

I love many different genres, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasies, and memoirs and biographies. I guess you can say I love reading and will read about everything out there except horrors and anything with zombies in it. They scare me half to death and cause me to have nightmares.

What do you love the most about writing in multi-genres?

Writing in multi-genres keep me fresh and new. I never get tired or bored writing for varied age groups about new and different genres. I find that my mind is more creative if I keep it open to new things. I love every minute of it.

In what ways do you make sure to provide good clean reading for children?

All I have to do is think of my children when they were young and now my grandchildren and what I would want them to read. This compels me to write what I feel other parents would also want for their children to read. I know parents want to feel good about their children’s reading material and don’t want to worry about anything harming their innocence. My books are written in rhyme about baby animals in fun adventures that young children can relate to without anything that could frighten them.

How did you come up with the Jerry the Crabby Crayfish? Who is your favorite character in this book?

Jerry was a pet, a real crayfish, in a fish tank in our home. He was really blue and quite a colorful character as in the book. I wanted to always remember Jerry and the way to do it was to write a book about him for others to enjoy. The book has turned out to be my most popular book. Of course Jerry is my favorite character in this book.

What was the highlight of writing the book, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear?

I wrote and dedicated this book to a little boy I met several years ago in Aruba while on vacation. When this little boy found out that I wrote books for children he told me his favorite animal was a polar bear. I promised him that I would write a book about polar bears and dedicate it to him the next year I went back to Aruba. I fulfilled my promise and made him one happy little boy. He has now grown up to be an intelligent and handsome teenager who I see every year since in Aruba.

Who inspired the character of Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey? Did you too love to watch monkeys climb the trees?

My youngest grandson, Sebastian, was my inspiration to write a story about him and his stuffed monkey. He asked me to write about Marvin his stuffed money because he loved this toy and carried it everywhere he went and even slept with it at night. He was proud of the finished book and brought it to school to show it off to his teacher and classmates. In this book I incorporated music and the idea that even animals love music and will react to it. Also, I wanted children to know the importance of being kind to animals.

Yes, I used to enjoy going to the zoo as a child and watching the monkeys climb and swing from the trees. They were always so comical and fun to watch. Sebastian also loves going to the zoo to see the monkeys.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title? Have you ever designed any book cover?

The cover and title are two of the most important parts of a book. They are the face of the book that readers see first even before the blurb. If the cover and title are not eye-catching an author can lose readers.

My husband is my illustrator and cover creator but I have collaborated with him on some of my covers and helped him design one or two. But he deserves full credit for all the lovely covers he has created for me.

What are some hard lessons you’ve learnt about the book industry as an author? Is there a dark side to this industry that not many people discuss?

This industry, especially for indie authors like myself, is a difficult road to travel. I’ve learned that having to do everything from writing to publishing and promoting my work can be stressful. When I began on this road I never knew what obstacles or difficulties I was going to face. It’s an enormous task but it is one that I continue to do with each book I publish.

The dark side is there are millions of new books every day on Amazon which makes it even more difficult to compete against this growing tide. It was a hard lesson to learn but it hasn’t deterred me from my goal of becoming one day a best-selling author.

What are some of your goals or what are some things you hope to accomplish through your books?

My goal is to continue to write books for all ages and encourage children to read. I hope by continuing to create fun adventures and intriguing books for all ages that I will leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren to be proud of. I hope to be remembered as the author who enabled children to learn to love reading.

What is one of your strangest writing habits or rituals?

I don’t like to write outlines. I am a pantser, meaning I write by the seat of my pants so to speak. My characters tell my story. Once I have a title I put my fingers over the keys of my laptop and let the characters begin to tell my story. It happens with all my books. Of course with longer novels I am forced to take copious notes to keep track of everything the characters decide to do.

The strangest thing is I never know how the story is going to end until the characters lead the way. I am always surprised and relieved that they put it all together. I’m just along for the ride.

What makes a book ‘Publish’ worthy?

A book becomes publish worthy once it has a good storyline, memorable characters, a great ending and most of all is well edited.

Have there been times when you felt like giving up? What has helped you to stay motivated and continue writing?

I’ve never wanted to give up writing but have felt a little discouraged at times with all the books that I am competing against on Amazon. My love of writing and storytelling has kept me from giving up completely. Also, I enjoy seeing children reading my books. Each positive review I receive motivates me to write more.

How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?

I do have a few plots that are brewing - an historical novel, a series of thrillers.

I have written the beginning of a YA fantasy series which will have at least 6-7 books. It will have wizards and magic, good and evil, and many colorful characters in each land. I hope to write this series over the next few years.

What has your AllAuthor experience been like so far? What are some highlights?

Having AllAuthor help promote my books has been a wonderful experience. AllAuthor has made promoting quicker and easier than ever, but at the same a joy to do. I have never worked with any one person or group that has been as talented and creative. I have had so much fun creating gifs with my books and reviews on AllAuthor. The mockup themes you provide are perfect and I’ve seen an increase in interest in my books. I look forward to each Wednesday when you offer more ways for me to be creative using your mockups. Thank you, AllAuthor!

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    • Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
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      • My tips for aspiring authors are:
        1. Believe in yourself
        2. Write about what you know or do tons of research for what you don’t know
        3. Read aloud your work for errors
        4. Edit, edit, and edit again
        5. Get beta readers to proof your work - other eyes are needed.
        6. Don’t let negative people or reviews get you down.
        7. Covers and blurbs are important. They represent the face of your book.
        8. Promote yourself and work on social media, blog and website,
        9. Enlist help and support from fellow authors. They are a willing and supporting snd group. Contact me!
        10. Believe in yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to do.
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      • I began writing poetry at nine years old for Mother’s Day and birthdays. When my mother encouraged me with her praises I became more confident and wrote more often. Unfortunately I didn’t keep all these poems. They were lost when we moved.
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