CJ Hill is a pen name for Janette Rallison who is best known for writing romantic comedies. When her writing shifted away from the romantic comedy genre into action, her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. CJ Hill books include: dangerous dragons, (Slayers; Slayers: Friends and Traitors) Time travel to dystopian worlds, (Erasing Time; Echo in Time) and up-coming: flesh-eating beetles.
Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft. (Most writers’ first novels aren’t publishable. CJ Junior’s first novel shouldn’t have been publishable, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.)
CJ Hill (Janette) has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.
Learn more about CJ Hill / Janette on her Biography page.