Janis Owens was born in a small town in the Florida panhandle, daughter of a preacher-turned-insurance-salesman who job took his family to live in New Orleans and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, before returning to north Florida. Janis was greatly influenced by her grandmother, a poet and noted reformer in Marianna, Florida, who raised her on storytelling—everything from Bible stories to Aesop’s fables. She earned a degree in English with a specialization in Southern history at the University of Florida and is the author of the novels My Brother Michael and Myra Sims.