Photograph by Doreen DeSalvo

Judith Janeway is the award-winning author of four novels. Her lifelong love of mystery and suspense infuses her recent works, The Magician’s Daughter and the psychological thriller, Odds of Dying. Her short story, “Get A Life,” was recently published in Fault Lines, the first anthology of selected works from Sisters In Crime/Northern California authors.

The Street Artist, a piece of flash fiction, won the Orlando Prize and was published in the Los Angeles Review. Judith also has a short story, Get A Life, in the forthcoming Sisters in Crime anthology, Fault Lines.


Judith holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and a doctorate in Health Psychology. While raising her family and continuing to write and publish fiction, she pursued a career as a social science researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, studying people coping with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers.

She now follows her first passion, writing, full time. She is currently completing the second psychological suspense in a two book series. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and when she’s not writing, she hangs out with family and friends. She likes to walk along the nearby protected wetlands, and for seven months of the year baseball holds her in thrall.