Janet Clark Shay Website MASTHEAD ABOUT PAGE

I SCRIBBLED POEMS IN ENGLISH CLASS when I had finished my class assignment. From reading novels and biographies of famous people, to writing stories and songs (some performed on an amateur basis and others tucked away for a future time), I’ve been fascinated by words as far back as I can remember. 

I'm a freelance writer with a special heart for stories from a Christian worldview. Born in a rural town in eastern Colorado, and still holding vivid memories of life on the ranch, I spent most of my grade school years in Redondo Beach, California. I loved the ocean and living near extended family members on my mother’s Italian side. My two sisters and I enjoyed cousins and family get-togethers along with building sandcastles at the seashore.

The summer before I entered junior high I moved with my family to a farm in western Kansas where we rode horses, went on hayrides, and brought the milk cow in from the pasture.

I graduated from a small-town high school where everybody knew everybody--most since the day they were born! While life in Kansas was the polar opposite of Southern California, it was a great place to live, and I am fortunate to have experienced these two diverse ways of life. I went on to attend Fort Hays State University and Emporia State University in Kansas.

My husband, Harold, and I raised our son and daughter in Kansas. Then in 1987 the Lord led us to the Phoenix, Arizona metro, and I had opportunity to explore my creative outlets. I worked in the Sears advertising department and later in the ad design office of a local newspaper. I completed the Trompe L’oeil course at the American Academy of Decorative Arts in Scottsdale, AZ and faux painting training at The Faux Finish School in Louisville, KY. In addition to doing freelance advertising and graphic design work, I painted murals and spent many years teaching art to children as a part of a Home School Co-op. I also completed the Magazine Article Course and Novel Writing Course through the Institute for Writers. Whether through the arts or through writing, I have always been drawn to the creative side of life.

I enjoy writing life stories, especially when they interweave a life lived for God. I have written two inspirational books, The Prayer That Makes a Difference and This Side of Heaven. I also enjoy writing for children, and my audio book, Plop! Goes the Blue Swirl Ice Cream is an example. My short stories have been published in national magazines, and I have penned humorous sketches for various entertainment venues along with a full-length musical/drama entitled The Woodcarver.

When I formed Sable Creek Press, a traditional publishing company in 2002, I jumped head-long into the world of story. Publishing books written by new authors, Sable Creek Press offered inspirational works and middle grade books for children. Today, my personal writing goals take prominence. 

My husband Harold and I currently live in Glendale, Arizona and are blessed with two children, eleven grandchildren, and a precious great granddaughter.