Janina Monaghan lives in Nottingham with her family, but her roots are firmly dug into the great county of Yorkshire where the city of York was her home for eighteen years. Through her work on global events and communications projects, Janina’s passion for people and places has grown and is reflected in her writing. It is, however, in her role as ‘mum’ that Janina has gathered the most inspiration; this has shaped her blogs, poems, short stories and − more recently − works of fiction used to help brands emotionally connect with their consumers.
Janina enjoys reading as much as writing and has recently found affinity in works based on the Japanese culture; synchronicity with nature, self-awareness, and respect for one another are elements she now strives to weave through her own pieces.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I would love to travel back in time and meet with William Shakespeare. I’d like to see his reaction when I tell him that school children, 500 years after his death, spend significant amounts of time analysing sentences from his plays and that words he invented are still in use today.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: It was a Ladybird book, but I can’t recall if it was Princess and the Pea or Rumpelstiltskin. I read both hundreds of times and still have the original copies.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I’d like to be able to fly and see the earth through the eyes of the birds. I think if we could all see our home from a different perspective, we might feel a greater sense of urgency to protect it.
Q: Who is your personal inspiration?
A: My kids.
‘Hey! You’re not even waving!’ Annie’s voice had an air of authority, but with a wry undertone. She was wearing the biggest smile and waving frantically as we walked past the window of 1 Croft Road. ‘Oh, sorry!’ I was suddenly ripped from my mini mind-drift and gave a clumsy left-handed wave to the bush, …