Janette Rallison

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Janette Rallison (April 1, 1966)[1] is an American writer best known for her light romance novels for young adults. She also writes young adult science fiction/fantasy under the name C. J. Hill and adult romantic novels as Sierra St. James.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rallison was born in 1966. She grew up in Pullman, Washington. Growing up in a small town influenced the settings Rallison writes about in her books. [3] She later moved to Chandler, Arizona.[1] She began writing at the age of six years old. She continues to write throughout her life in the genres of romance and science fiction.[4] She attended college at Brigham Young University[1] where she studied English Teaching. She is married to a rocket scientist[citation needed] and has five children[3] and two grandchildren.[citation needed]

Writing career[edit]

Janette published her first novels though LDS publishing companies; however, after submitting her book to a national book company, her career took off.[4]

Janette writes for all ages. She has written several middle grade books, many young adult novels, as well as novels and short stories for adults.[citation needed]

Janette kicked off her writing career working for an LDS publishing company writing romantic adult novels under the pen name Sierra St. James. She has recently acquired the rights to these books and has been re-editing and republishing them (her Erasing Time series under her pen name C.J. Hill is an example of this). In an attempt to gain a wider audience, Rallison’s publishers had her use the pen name C.J. Hill. She has written the Slayers trilogy as well as the Erasing Time series under this name.[citation needed]

Rallison became a national author when she began writing romantic comedies for young adults, which she is most recognized for writing. The Fairy Godmother books established her as a successful author and has been one of her most popular series. Though she has started writing books filled with more action and adventure, the hallmark of Rallison’s writing is her comedic voice that permeates throughout her novels.[citation needed]


Rallison's books are upbeat and uplifting stories that are for pleasure and entertainment. She writes on her website that "If your teacher asks you to identify symbolism in my books, you have my permission to tell him/her that I didn’t put any in." She has however stated that the element of forgiveness is very prevalent in her books and would be what she would classify as the overarching theme of her writing.[3]


  • Deep Blue Eyes and Other Lies (1996)
  • Dakota's Revenge (1998)
  • Playing the Field (2002)
  • All's Fair in Love, War, and High School (2003)
  • Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws (2004)
  • Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To-Do List (2005)
  • It's a Mall World After All (2006)
  • How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend (2007)
  • Can You Keep a Secret? Ten Stories about Secrets (contributor) (2007)
  • Revenge of the Cheerleaders (2002)
  • My Fair Godmother (2009)
  • Just One Wish (2009)
  • My Double Life (2010)
  • My Unfair Godmother (2011)
  • Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards (2011 revision of Deep Blue Eyes [5])
  • A Longtime (and at one point Illegal) Crush (2013)
  • Son of War, Daughter of Chaos (2014)
  • My Fairly Dangerous Godmother (2015)
  • The Girl Who Heard Demons (March 29, 2016)
  • The Wrong Side of Magic (Aug 23, 2016)
  • How I Met Your Brother (Nov 1, 2016)

As C. J. Hill[edit]

  • Slayers (2011)
  • Friends and Traitors (2013)
  • Slayers: Playing with Fire (2016)
  • Slayers: Into the Firestorm (2016)
  • Erasing Time (2012)
  • Echo in Time (2013)

As Sierra St. James[edit]

  • Trial of the Heart (1999)
  • Masquerade (2001)
  • What the Doctor Ordered (2004)


  • Summer in New York (2013)
  • A Long Time (and at one point illegal) Crush (2014)


  1. ^ a b c Aimee Bastarache (2010). "Janette Rallison papers". Prepared for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Provo, UT. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  2. ^ webmaster@fantasticfiction.co.uk - http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk. "Janette Rallison". Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biography". Janette Rallison & CJ Hill Books. 
  4. ^ a b "Janette Rallison". Literary Worlds: Illumination of the Mind. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Janette Rallison's blog: "Editing mistakes—or: Why, yes, my character does have super powers". 

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