Writing

87701615_10158020434529320_7954171014332547072_oScary Mommy published my essay, Someone Else’s Gender Identity Isn’t About You, in November of 2019. It was well received and went viral with more than 7K shares on Facebook alone. It’s an important piece that I’m extremely proud of.

Scary Mommy has since published my second trans essay (February 2020), If My Transgender Son Will Tell People.


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Something She Wrote has been resurrected!

You’ll find lots content at my blog, Something She Wrote, which was established in 2007. The writing there garnered a literary agent’s interest in my second novel, after my first had been rejected by a small NY publishing house. In the years since, significant life changes and personal growth have led me away from fiction—hopefully not forever.

I contributed to Women Unplugged for a few years, writing about life and motherhood and more.

An Army of Ermas, offered in the vein of revered author Erma Bombeck, used a handful of my humor essays. This website has been retired.

“Janna’s essays with An Army of Ermas were a wonderful dose of heartfelt humor plus a side of sass. As her editor, I knew I could count on her to be the consummate writing professional and an asset to the team.”

Stacey Graham, author, editor, and associate agent, Red Sofa Literary

I contributed blog posts to Rose & Thorn Literary Journal, retired after a ten-year run, as well as edited many prose features for them.

“Janna Leadbetter was the most dependable, skilled, and professional staff editor I had during the ten years I was co-publisher of Rose & Thorn Journal. No task was ever too large or small for her, and more importantly, she was able to work with every contributor (poets, authors, writers, artists) whose work we accepted. That is a rare commodity today.”

Angie Ledbetter, author/writer/editor, Louisiana Senate Bill proofing & editing

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Please note: In some places you’ll see me listed with a different surname.