Walker's Thoughts About Sexuality and Christianity
“I believe that because of the rebellion of our first parents, humans are born with natures that conflict with God's original design. However, that gives us no excuse to pursue our own courses. We are still accountable to Him for every decision we make, including those based on sexual desire and orientation. The main characters in my fiction are attractive and fascinating old-school women whose lives reflect this private battle. Just as do characters in the Bible, some of my people make godly choices and some do not--which results in plots I hope readers will find intriguing."
Janet Marie Walker was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Augusta, Georgia. She is one of eight children born to William and Marie Walker (of Jacksonville, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina, respectively). As a youth, Ms. Walker enjoyed reading novels, playing sports, visiting the public library, and studying the Bible literature of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
After graduating from A.R. Johnson Health Professions High School in Augusta, Ms. Walker held jobs as newspaper reporter and copy editor, TV associate producer, intern for a major New York City publishing house, UPS package handler, and cross-country truck driver. She once struggled as a welfare mother, and like the pivotal character in one of her fictional works, has worked as a janitor on a housekeeping staff—in Ms. Walker’s case, at the Cable News Network (CNN) headquarters in Atlanta.
Ms. Walker studied communications and creative writing at Augusta State University, where she received the Walter Wiggins-James Lott Communications Scholarship (first and second annual recipient), the Samantha Dawes Wich Scholarship for Creative Writing, and the Will Shingleton Creative Writing Scholarship. At Georgia State University in Atlanta, she studied rhetoric and composition, as well as African American Studies, and performed literary research as a Ronald McNair Scholar.
In 1991, before college, Ms. Walker became founding editor of Candace (kan-DAY-see), a regional woman’s magazine patterned after Essence and the first publication of its kind in the Augusta area. In 1994, she received top guest-editorial spot in The New York Amsterdam News for a racial analysis of Disney’s movie The Lion King, and her feminist critique, “The Disney Girl,” appeared in the St. Martin’s Press college text The Great American Bologna Festival and other Student Essays, 1994-1996 editions. For two years, she wrote fictional stories about the Imani doll for Olmec Toys, a national company. The stories were designed into booklets that sold with the dolls.
Ms. Walker is the author of the three-book e-novel Amazed by her Grace, first released on December 12, 2012, and revised and re-published in final version in 2015; Desire of Ovid's Mother, a stage play released as an e-book in 2013 and re-released in final version in July 2015; and the adult novel My Brother’s Wife: An Old-School Soap (published in 2010 under a pseudonym). She has published 100 newspaper articles and editorials in local newspapers, including an interview with one of her favorite writers, novelist Gloria Naylor, and has published a book of social commentary. Additionally, she has transcribed her 28-year private diary into 14 small books, yet to be published. All of her works are self-published, with the exception of her most recent project, serving as line editor for a memoir written by Nita Wiggins (former Dallas and Seattle sportscaster who now teaches journalism and broadcasts political commentary in Paris, France).
The themes that drive Ms. Walker's fiction are social taboos, the power of religion, class differences among African Americans, and the complex nature of female sexuality. Her ultimate dream has long been to walk into a public library and find her works traditionally published and wedged between those of Alice and Margaret Walker.
Currently, Ms. Walker markets her fiction, resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and travels the country for an employer. She has a son named Chad (wrestler Stitch Sypher, Stitch Osiris, and Chad Skywalker, pictured below and at left in the second photo).