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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is Where We Live (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Watch Me Disappear (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretty Things (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
I'll Be You (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of We Could Be Heroes Books

Pigeon Tony's Last Stand (By: Lisa Scottoline) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unknown Caller (By: Lisa Unger) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Cold Strangers (By: J.T. Ellison) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill Night (By: Victor Methos) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Janelle Brown is an American author that writes suspense novels about difficult women with difficult lives. She is best known for ‘All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’.


Janelle Brown is a rising star in the publishing industry. The author often fights hard to remove the ‘Chick Lit’ label from her books. She doesn’t accept the notion that her books can only appeal to female readers just because they tend to feature female protagonists.

Though, Janelle accepts the ‘feminist’ label under which her books are categorized. Janelle doesn’t believe that she’s a feminist writer. But she definitely enjoys highlighting the plight of women in modern society.

Janelle Brown has wanted to write for as long as she can remember. By the time she was in first grade, Janelle knew that she would become a novelist. Her teachers will attest to her penchant for producing silly little books even at that age.

Janelle’s love for writing was only exceeded by her drive for reading. The author was always checking out piles of books from the library, and that was on a weekly basis. Sufficing to say, publishing was always at the center of Janelle’s heart.

Of course, as with most authors, it took Janelle Brown an age to begin writing novels. She got her English Degree from UC Berkley. And she quickly put it to good use by working for Wired and That was during the 1990s when the internet was exploding.

She was fortunate enough to survive the bursting of the dot-com bubble, and her career as an essayist and journalist kept her afloat for quite a few years. She did some work for Maxi, an irreverent women’s magazine.

She also had works featured in notable print media organizations like The New York Times, Elle and Vogue.

The author got around to writing her novels after she moved to Los Angeles with her husband. Janelle was warned against the move. According to almost every expert, serious writers went to New York. Los Angeles, on the other hand, held no real prospects for anyone looking to make it in publishing.

Janelle has admitted to worrying somewhat about all these warnings. However, she was surprised to find that Los Angeles had an active literary scene. And the writers she encountered were just as ambitious as she was, not to mention very supportive of her endeavors.

L.A. ended up being the perfect place for Janelle Brown to pursue her publishing dreams. The author didn’t expect her first novel to sell so quickly, or for the title to become a New York Times bestseller.

The achievement set the bar really high for Janelle, so much so that she was disappointed when her second novel failed to become a bestseller. It took Janelle so long to get her third book written because she had become obsessed with achieving that first high. She needed to find out what was marketable.

Fortunately, she had the right support group of writers, the kind which reminded her that writing wasn’t about selling books but telling interesting stories.

It took Janelle a while to find her writing voice. The author has always been attracted to female suspense and mystery writers like Lauren Beukes and Gillian Flynn. Janelle loves reading interesting stories about women doing interesting things.

Her attraction to the likes of Megan Abbot and Laura Lippman emanates from the fact that they produce stories that cross into the domestic sphere but which inject suspense and mystery into the mix.

Janelle has endeavored to produce works of fiction comparable to those of her idols. The author writes a lot about dysfunctional families. The women in her novels have been accused of being a little too unlikable.

But Janelle disagrees with that assessment. As far as the author is concerned, the female characters she creates make unconventional decisions. They tend to go against the norm and to break all the rules.

They do not care what people think and that makes them attractive to Janelle. In a way, Janelle writes about women she admires. That isn’t to say that Janelle wishes she did the terrible things her characters have become known for.

Rather, Janelle was always a nervous child. She had a desire to be liked. So she always made an effort to be nice. She wouldn’t do anything that rocked the boat, not if it meant losing the love and respect of her friends.

Achieving universal likability was harder for Janelle Brown as a young child. She was a dork and she didn’t think she could do much about it. The fact that she was always raising her hand in class didn’t make her any more popular.

But as she went into her teens and early twenties, Janelle learned to pretend to fit into the social landscape of her environment. In that regard, Janelle’s female characters represent the sort of unrestrained individuals she wants to be.

Janelle Brown writes full-time. Becoming a mother made that a little difficult. But she figured out a schedule that allows her to care for her husband and children even while getting her writing done on a regular basis.

Janelle gets her ideas from the books and newspapers she reads.

+All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

When her husband’s company goes public, Paul Miller becomes a millionaire literally overnight. Janice’s celebrations are cut short when she learns of Paul’s plans to divorce her and to keep his fortune to himself.

The couple’s daughter Margaret is no better off, having been dumped by her boyfriend, a famous actor. Even worse, Margaret’s magazine is all but dead now that her investor has pulled out. As she approaches bankruptcy, Margaret is forced to run home.

Her sister Lizzie is only 14, but she’s already been labeled the school slut.

The Miller women come together behind the walls of their home where they fight each other and their neighbors in an effort to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

+Watch Me Disappear

Everyone wanted to be Billie Flanagan. The Beautiful Berkeley mother seemed to have it all. But then Billie went hiking and disappeared, leaving her husband and teenage daughter to cope the best they can.

Jonathan and Olive thought she died. But then Olive begins to have dreams suggesting that her mother is alive. As she digs into Billie’s past, Olive is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the woman.

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