Janine Kovac
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  • Oakland, CA
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Who I am:
I write about my experience as a NICU mom for the science-based parenting site Raising Happiness. I am a two-time alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the program event coordinator for the Write On, Mamas! and database architect for Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival. I live in Oakland with my husband and three children.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
podtales.blogspot.com, j9kovac.livejournal.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
A Band of Wives: Nothing But the Truth, forthcoming October 2012
Media outlets that I currently write for:

My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Write On, Mamas!, Litquake, Squaw Valley Community of Writers
My professional associations:
database engineer for Litquake
I found out about She Writes from:
Brooke Warner

Janine Kovac's Blog

What Editing Taught Me About My Own Writing

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:00am 13 Comments

I thought that overseeing my writing group’s anthology as a self-published book would interfere with my own writing. Instead it made me a stronger writer. 


Two years ago I proposed to my group the Write On Mamas that we self-publish an anthology of our essays. To sweeten the deal, I…


Reflections on the Blog-off

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments

This is it. The Write On, Mamas Indiegogo campaign ends tonight at midnight. Which means that this is the last day of the Blog-off. I’ve blogged for each of the 35 days of the campaign and reposted on five different sites: the family blog, …


Day 35

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I love my Mamas!

Sunday, November 11th was our monthly Scribbles & Sips event at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. We had a good group—about 16 Mamas turned out to hear Rachel Sarah discuss the challenges of putting our loved ones on the printed page. We also snatched up copies of Rachel’s book …


Day 34

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 10:00am 2 Comments

“This is me in the rain and I’m smiling,” my five-year-old says about the stick figure with blue circles for eyes and red circles for hands.

“And this is Grandpa in the place that dead people go. And he’s underground. This is his tombstone.” She points to a little orange rectangle. A double arrow connects the little orange rectangle to a big, smiling stick figure in a big brown rectangle. There are crosses on either side of Grandpa’s head.

Thinking inside my…


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At 9:18am on April 23, 2014, Meg Bortin said…

Hi Janine. Nice to meet you, too! As it happens, I will be in Oakland this summer visiting my brother. Any tips on good bookstores to visit? All best, Meg

At 5:06am on November 25, 2013, Marilyn Bousquin said…

Hi, Janine. I somehow missed my friend requests on SheWrites. So sorry it's taken me so long to respond! Great to be in contact with you here. All best, Marilyn

At 5:16pm on June 12, 2013, Claire Hennessy said…

Thanks Janine. I am really looking forward to DigiLit :)

At 10:44pm on November 4, 2012, B. Lynn Goodwin said…

That's a great way to put it. I like to rearrange words and letters. Sometimes I like to add content. =)

At 10:25pm on October 31, 2012, B. Lynn Goodwin said…

Of course. Now it all clicks into place. I know Rachel writes YA. Do you?

At 5:00pm on October 31, 2012, B. Lynn Goodwin said…

Do we know each other from CWC, AWA West or somewhere else? (So sorry about my memory.)



Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

At 2:40pm on September 30, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…
At 3:21pm on September 28, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Janine, We're delighted to have you join us in the novelist group – please accept my belated welcome (I’ve been finishing a novel on deadline, and traveling to boot). If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion. We do a live chat the first Wednesdays of each month at 1 EST, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one. I hope you’ll enjoy the group.


Meg Waite Clayton

Novelist Group Moderator


At 12:59pm on August 11, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Janine, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.

Hope you enjoy it here, and best of luck with your writing.

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Novelist Group
Bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (all Random House/Ballantine)

At 4:18pm on August 6, 2012, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites.  Feel free to reach out if you need anything.


Jill Starishevsky

Prosecutor, Child Abuse/Sex Crimes

Author, My Body Belongs to Me - A Child Sexual Abuse Prevention book

Executive Director, The Innocence Revolution



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