British by birth, Janna Gray grew up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in London where she met and married her husband Simon. His job took them to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand where she raised two sons, worked at British and International schools and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.
Currently living in the UAE, Janna was the Senior Mistress (a title which caused much merriment among the staff!)and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School until 2011 when she traded her marking pens and report cards to focus on writing. She enjoys travelling and sailing and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until she discovered the joy of Zumba where the trainers turned a blind eye to her inability to remember dance sequences. She sings in the shower and with choirs, has an allergy to golf and recently discovered the allure of oils and acrylics - a delightfully messy way to express her inner artist.
Janna was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer in January 2016 and is determined to beat this dreadful disease that takes the lives of far too many women.
Her second novel 'Taprobane', set in Ceylon and England between 1963and 2004 is due to be published later this year.