Janice Holt Giles
Author: Dianne Watkins Stuart
A Writer’s Life
In 1946, at the age of 41, Janice Holt Giles wrote her first novel. Although it took her only three months to complete the first draft, working at night so as not to conflict with her secretarial job, it was another four years before The Enduring Hills was published.
Three years later, when her sixth novel appeared, Janice Holt Giles’s works had accumulated sales of nearly two million copies. Between 1950 and 1975 she wrote twenty-four books, most of which were bestsellers, regularly reviewed in the New York Times and selected for inclusion in popular book clubs.
Humbly professing to be “just a good storyteller,” Giles was a keen observer of life with great sensitivity, an ear for language, and a superb imagination. Her artistic achievements become even more incredible when placed in the context of her often difficult personal struggles with life. Dianne Watkins Stuart has now traced the path of her unique life.