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Janet Ambrosi Wertman grew up within walking distance of three bookstores and a library on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – and she visited all of them regularly. Her grandfather was an antiquarian bookdealer who taught her that there would always be a market for quirky, interesting books. He was the one who persuaded Janet’s parents to send her to the French school where she was taught to aspire to long (grammatically correct) sentences as the hallmark of a skillful writer. She lived that lesson until she got to Barnard College. Short sentences were the rule there.  She complied. She reached a happy medium when she got to law school – complicated sentences alternating with simple ones in a happy mix.

Janet spent fifteen years as a corporate lawyer in New York, she even got to do a little writing on the side (she co-authored The Executive Compensation Answer Book, which was published by Panel Publishers back in 1991). But when her first and second children were born, she decided to change her lifestyle.  She and her husband transformed their lives in 1997, moving to Los Angeles and switching careers.  Janet became a grantwriter (and will tell anyone who will listen that the grants she’s written have resulted in more than $30 million for the amazing non-profits she is proud to represent) and took up writing fiction.

There was never any question about the topic of the fiction: Janet has harbored a passion for the Tudor Kings and Queens since her parents let her stay up late to watch the televised Masterpiece Theatre series (both The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R) when she was *cough* eight years old.  One of the highlights of Janet’s youth was being allowed to visit the Pierpont Morgan Library on a day when it was closed to the public and examine books from Queen Elizabeth’s personal library and actual letters that the young Princess Elizabeth (technically Lady Elizabeth…) had written.

Janet is thrilled to have released the first two books in The Seymour Saga trilogy: Jane the Quene, which tells the story of Jane Seymour’s marriage to Henry VIII, was published in 2016; and The Path to Somerset, which chronicles Edward Seymour’s rise after Jane’s death to become Lord Protector of England and Duke of Somerset (taking us right through Henry’s crazy years) was released in 2018. They will be joined in 2020 by The Boy King, which will cover the reign of Jane’s son, Edward VI, and the string of betrayals he suffered.


  1. So pleased I stumbled upon you over at Facebook (via Henry VIII page) as I too am fascinated with the whole Tudor Dynasty, before and after! Funny thing, this didn’t spark any interest when I was younger…it all happened after watching a few good films and TV series 🙂

  2. Diane brozosky Diane brozosky

    I thought you were a British writer ! I’ve been a English history fan since grade school history reading about Henry VIII and Bloody Mary and the Crusades ! And am so thankful for Facebook which has connected me to so many who share my interest ! And I look forward to your books !

    • PS Best comment ever – I cannot imagine a greater compliment than you thinking I was a British writer!

  3. Nancy Hall Nancy Hall

    Janet – I am reading “Jane the Quene” right now and am enjoying it tremendously. Like you I have been fascinated with Elizabeth and from that, the Tudors since I was young and I do read a great deal now that I am retired. “Jane the Quene” has a wonderful quality that really breathes life into her history. The reader feels like a fly on the wall observer of real people living real moments. That is not easy to achieve – you’ve done a wonderful job. I look forward to more of your work. Must add – my younger son lives at 106th and Broadway so I am on the UWS often.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! And for bringing me back to Broadway and 106th Street! (My mother used to volunteer at a community organization with its offices right there so I spent a lot of time on that corner!)

  4. Katherine Brunson Katherine Brunson

    Janet , just finished Jane the Quene, you infused just great dimension, sucessful burning through the “plain Jane” persona.
    I have read maney works from maney authors on thus time period, I loved the book and can’t wait to read more of your work.

  5. Ramjet Ramjet

    Too bad Wertman didn’t live at the time of Elizabeth or Edward. Would it have made any difference to her between the reality and its consequences on the one hand and her sympathetic musings on the other?

    • I love our modern time – as much as I would love to experience the past through a quick visit, the parts that most fascinate me are best viewed from a distance…

  6. Valerie Morgan Valerie Morgan

    Hi Janet ,
    I so enjoyed your first two books in the Seymour saga , but I was wondering when the third book will be published? I have a particular interest in Thomas Seymour as I volunteer at Sudeley castle . I Hope to meet you next time you’re visiting.
    Val Morgan .

    • Thank you so much! And I am so sorry I didn’t get to meet you when I was at Sudeley last summer! The Boy King should be coming out late this year…though poor Thomas doesn’t fare all that well given the whole incident with the dog…still, I blame Dudley! 😉

  7. Patricia Palleschi Patricia Palleschi

    Dear Janet:

    Your books have inspired me to learn more about this era.

    Unlike most of your followers, prior to reading your books, I had known almost nothing about this era. I harbored a rather one-dimensional view of Henry and a blurred vision of his wives — with no interest in more!

    The caricatures of my grade school history class gave me the leeway to provide Henry the benefit of the doubt about the need to hang a couple of wives. And, in opposition to my Catholic indoctrination, I had rather favored Cromwell over his more religious predecessor. You have engaged me in a much more nuanced version of history.

    You are empathetic to each character (including some of the lesser-known) and encourage your reader to share that empathy. You intertwine accuracy with a sense of immediacy and detail.

    I can now “feel” the strengths, foibles and pains of the Tudors (and those around them). And I’m beginning to understand the interplay of history and characters.

    I can’t wait for “The Boy King” … and more from you!

    Thank you,

    Pat Palleschi

    • Oh, my goodness, thank you so much for this incredible series of compliments. Reactions like this mean the world to a writer, and I am near tears right now. Thank you!

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