Penelope Janu

Penelope Janu

Sydney, New South Wales

Penelope Janu is an Australian author who writes contemporary fiction about clever and adventurous women who don't mean to fall in love, but do.

Penelope has written three novels, In at the Deep End (Harlequin Mira, 2017, available Aus and NZ), On the Right Track (Harlequin Mira, 2018, available Aus and NZ), and On the Same Page (Brio Books, 2018, available worldwide) and a novella, The Six Rules of Christmas, in the anthology Our Country Christmas (Harlequin Mira, September 2018, available worldwide). Her next novel will come out with Harlequin Mira in late 2019.

Penelope is a lawyer with an interest in social justice issues and the environment. She, like her characters, is up for any adventure, even though she has a terrible sense of direction. She has six children, big dogs, a distracting husband and never enough time to write.

Penelope hopes readers will fall as passionately in love with her heroines and heroes as she invariably does. She has travelled to many places in the world but has lived most of her life in Sydney. When not reading or writing Penelope can be found walking the coastline, or in the bush. She's recently ventured out on a 320km walk across England, and a 200km walk around Mont Blanc (warning: she's not much of a walking companion as she plots as she walks).

You can contact Penelope via her website: She loves to hear from readers!

Contemporary, Romance

ON THE SAME PAGE: A contemporary romantic comedy

Winner of the 2017 XO Romance Prize Sometimes a girl just has to do what’s in her heart … By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. But by night she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When Miles’s assistant covertly enters her boss's novel in one of Australia’s biggest literary awards—and it wins—Miles’s perfectly ordered world is torn apart. Lars Kristensen smells a rat. As the CEO of Iconic International, the company publishing Miles’s prize-winning novel, he’s determined to meet the author and uncover her true identity. But Miles is equally determined to protect her privacy—and to keep writing—even if it means mastering pole dancing, and choreographing a love scene in the back of a horse-drawn carriage … Well, she is a romance writer, after all. Miles has the grit to keep her secret, but Lars has the smouldering looks and arrogance of any romantic hero she has ever imagined. Hmm. Sometimes a girl just has to turn the page … ‘Endearingly quirky and utterly charming. Funny and sweet and wonderful.’ —Amy Andrews, USA Today bestselling author

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