Janice Maynard grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of Chickamauga Battlefield, Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the beautiful Tennessee Aquarium. She married her high school sweetheart between their sophomore and junior years of college and they graduated together from Emory and Henry in southwest Virginia. Janice later earned a Masters Degree in Reading and Story Arts from East Tennessee State University.
For 15 years Janice taught kindergarten and second grade near Knoxville, TN, in the foothills of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. In the fall of 2002, Janice left the classroom to write full-time.