Janet was born in Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 1943 and migrated to Brisbane, Australia, with her parents and younger sister in 1953. She is married with two daughters and four grandchildren.
Janet became interested in Australian history when her youngest daughter came home from school with an assignment regarding the Second Fleet. Long after her daughter had completed her project, she was still collating information. It was then that she decided to do something with all the information she had collated - and so - the convict, Ryan Baxter was born.
Apart from promoting her book, Janet also studies art with U3A (University of the Third Age.)