Guest Fox, Janette Harjo

Welcome Back to a Former Resident Fox

By Jeff Salter

When former resident fox, Janette Harjo, recently posted on one of our current blogs that she was available for a visit, I contacted her and set this up. I’ve had other former 4F1H foxes return as guests and I think it’s a great opportunity to catch up with them…. learn what they’ve been up to.

Without further ado, let’s hear from Janette:

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Nice to Return for a Visit

By Janette Harjo

It’s a pleasure to be here with the other Four Foxes and the One Hound again! The readers of 4F1H, who have been around here a while, might remember me, Janette Harjo. I used to be a regular Fox here, but I needed to take some time off. Today I am returning as a guest Fox.

I was initially scheduled to write an article for November’s schedule, but then I realized ACCK! I couldn’t be a guest here during the month I was participating in the NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writing Month). There was absolutely no time for me to write this post and do NaNo at the same time, so I had to beg out! And that’s what I am going to talk to you about with my given subject for today:

“What have I been up to with my writing during the month of November.”


As I mentioned above, I have been busy getting my 50,000-word first draft done for NaNo. The main character in my story has given me so much trouble with my relating of her tale, that it was a no-brainer when I decided to challenge her and put her to task to work on the completion of her story during the month of November.

I did win the 50k challenge and am now freed up enough to write my post here. (Now I get to go back and edit the draft we wrote into a legible novel to be read and enjoyed by my readers!) Should you wonder, the paranormal story I finished the first draft of last month is about a Mermaid named Aiko, who does not belong in each reality she finds herself a part of.

Story Blurb

Aiko was raised on the land, where she had legs, by a human couple, who “adopted” her while she was a baby, after they found her alone and seemingly neglected on a desolate Pacific Northwest beach. But she never really felt like she ‘belonged’ on the land with them.

Now, after her formative years spent on the land, and a shipwreck, Aiko finds herself at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean with a tail and alive! She is told by the Merman who finds her there that she is now with her own kind. She knows nothing of their ways and so she still does not experience a sense of belonging. Even with that Merman in her life.

Will this Misfit Mermaid ever find where and with which species she belongs?

While the above-mentioned and as-of-yet untitled work of Romantic Paranormal Fiction is yet to be published, you can find out more about my works at Amazon. And for now, so you can get to know me a little bit better, as suggested I have placed my Author’s biography below:

Author Bio Blurb:

The mysteries of the Paranormal, have surrounded and involved Janette all through her lifetime. She even has a ghost who now lives? with her and plays tricks on her. She playfully calls him “The Punk.” The two get along quite well.

And so, it seemed only natural when inspiration struck, for Janette to sit at her keyboard and begin writing about things that are not quite normal, whether inside or outside of life. She plans to share her other-worldly experiences in her newsletter with her lucky subscribers. So, sign up and hold on!

Janette belonged to and was an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) from 1989 to 2020 when the Pandemic struck. While a member of RWA she served as Hospitality for the Heart of Oregon Chapter of RWA. She went on to serve as Chair for Research and Resources and as Publicity for the Tacoma, Washington chapter of RWA. From there she joined the Olympia Washington chapter of RWA, where she served as Speaker Chair and Vice President, before the chapter’s demise in 2020.

Janette received her first publishing contract in 2013 from BTGN, an online publisher. The contracted three-book Romantic Paranormal series involves the Exciting Paranormal aspects of Time Travel and Wizardry! After its publication, the series went on to become an Amazon Best Seller in its category, on its debut!

Janette has always lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where she has raised three children who have gone on to become successful adults. Her children have blessed her with five grandchildren (and hopefully counting!) whom she loves dearly and spoils whenever she is with them! What happens at Grandma’s stays at Grandma’s!


Anyone have any questions for Janette? About her new story? About her writing in general?

[JLS # 619]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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3 Responses to Guest Fox, Janette Harjo

  1. Welcome back, Janette! Glad to see you’re still writing. Your new NaNo project sounds wonderful and I hope the editing process goes smoothly so you can get it out for others to read.

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  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Hi, Janette. Welcome back! Your story about the mermaid sounds so interesting. Lots of people have a hard time discovering where they fit in the scheme of things, but you’ve upped the bar considerably for Aiko. Good luck with your writing. I’m heading to Amazon to check out some of your work.

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  3. Welcome back, Janette! I see you occasionally on Facebook, but it good to see that you are writing away!
    Gotta love mermaids!
    I wish you all the best and drop a line now and again!

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