LOOK 'N UP BOOKS
NEW STUFF IN AN OLD BOX
Janice Carr was raised by liberal parents in ’60s in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, a short hike from Harvard Square. As a
kid, she liked to read, write, and act out her stories with her
stuffed animals, and sometimes her brother, Charlie, while Dad’s
Wurlitzer Organ buzzed the corners of the ceiling, rocking the
house. Mom would be out marching for some left-wing cause or
All that ended when Janice was twelve. Cancer struck, first
her mom, then her dad. By fourteen, she was orphaned and living in
Florida with relatives who had a very different world view. When
they decided to move farther into their rural world, Jan rebelled
and returned home to finish high school, living with a dear family
friend to whom her first book is lovingly dedicated.
Itching to be on her own, no longer a guest, she left
campus-rich Boston for a Radio-TV-Film major at Northwestern
University. The college Outing Club opened her city-born eyes to
the natural world with hiking, rock-climbing and spelunking trips,
and she switched to a Geology major.
After years of wandering, she settled in Northern
California, where she married John Smith and made a career of
shepherding projects through California’s rigorous environmental
compliance process, first at a private engineering firm and later
for a rural county public works department.
Janice retired in 2017. One day, in her garden, she started
hearing the voices of two twelve-year-old boys. One of them was an
alien, and he was saying some pretty interesting
stuff. Janice knew she wasn't
cracking up. It was just time to realize here lifelong dream of
writing, and so, The Look 'N Up was born.
is a member of: The Author's
Guild, the Women's Fiction Writer's Association, The Wishing Shelf,
and the Alliance of Independent Authors.