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I like individuals who never stop asking questions and who tackle problems analytically and with a bit of grit. Not surprisingly, in the Science Traveler Thrillers and Mysteries series, Sara Almquist, is such a person. She's a scientist, actually an epidemiologist, and describes herself as an organized professional busybody.

Before I started writing fiction, I was a professor in the biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I still read scientific journals and include tidbits on vaccines, nutrition, drug development, and public health in my books. But don’t worry if you’re not “into” science, you’ll find the action exciting and the characters just quirky enough to be appealing.

I also enjoy including scenes from my travels in my writing. Accordingly, Sara was chased across the roof of a church looking down on the Witches’ Market in La Paz, Bolivia in Ignore the Pain and met a friend at Colon Cemetery in Havana in Malignancy. I couldn’t resist including several of my consulting experiences in Beirut and the Emirates in I Saw You in Beirut. Sara might visit the romantic Taj Mahal with her special friend, Sanders, in a future novel.

Then there’s Bug. He’s a Japanese Chin, a pet therapy dog at local hospitals, and the inspiration for Bug in all my novels.

Audiences (at continuing education classes, conferences, Rotary meetings, and libraries) have enjoyed my lectures on "science in your fiction." I’d like to tackle new audiences. Contact me at janet.greger@gmail.com if you want more info.

During the last several years, I interviewed dozens of people about their mothers and wrote short stories. I finally decided to share my tales about family life in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and published The Good Old Days? During the interviews, I realized narrators unintentionally warped the portraits of their mothers because of biases or lack of knowledge. I chose to emphasize the interactions of narrators and heroines (i.e. mothers) in Other People’s Mothers.

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Thumbnails Of Novels

  • Learn whether the Philippine flu or a drug kingpin caught in a quarantine is more deadly in Coming Flu.
  • Discover whether an ambitious young “diet doctor” or old-timers with buried secrets are killers in Murder...A Way to Lose Weight.
  • Feel the fear as an epidemiologist learns too much about the coca trade and too little about a sexy new colleague while on a public health assignment in Bolivia in Ignore the Pain.
  • Know the tension as a woman scientist tries to escape the clutches of a drug lord and accepts a risky assignment in Cuba in Malignancy.
  • A woman’s past provides clues for the extraction of a nuclear scientist from Iran in I Saw You in Beirut.
  • Could events in Laos fifty years ago matter today? In Riddled with Clues a woman is targeted after she listens to the strange tale of an undercover drug agent and his friend, Red.