Welcome to the World of Janina Marie Fuller

Janina is the author of the newly released, The Gecko in the Bathtub: Encounters with Marvelous Creatures. Along with writing books, she offers writing workshops and a delightful blog to bring people closer to nature.

Janina’s book

The Gecko in the Bathtub:

Encounters with Marvelous Creatures

The Gecko in the Bathtub: Encounters with Marvelous Creatures is a collection of short stories about special moments Dr. Fuller has shared with animals around the world and across her lifetime. Balancing gentle humor with thoughtful insight, Dr. Fuller weaves together stories of her family and travels with moments of awe at the wonders of the natural world.


Writer’s Workshop: Finding your voice

This workshop welcomes anyone who writes or who has ever wanted to write. Whether you keep a daily journal or haven’t written in years, whether you consider yourself to be a good or bad speller, whether or not someone at some point in your life was harshly critical of your writing . . . none of that matters here. Following the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method, as taught by its originator, writer Pat Schneider, participants will be invited to write in response to a prompt, to share our writing with the group, and to receive positive feedback.

Each workshop will meet once per week for two hours over six consecutive weeks. Group members are asked to attend every session if possible. Registration for each workshop will be limited to seven participants. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Dates: TBA
  • Time: TBA
  • Cost: $60 per person, paid in full.

Questions regarding workshops may be addressed to janinamfuller@gmail.com.

Note: The workshops are not meant for refinement of manuscripts or other work already written. Each session will present an opportunity to create fresh and original pieces.

What’s New

Recent Blog Posts

Indy 500 In My Blood

Indy 500 In My Blood

A. J. Foyt was a multiple-year winner of the Indy 500 and I remember one year when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old watching on TV as he went into the winner’s circle and someone handed him a glass bottle of milk, of which he took a swig and poured the rest over his head. This made no sense to me at all. I turned to my dad and asked him, “Why is he drinking milk? If I’d just driven that race and I was really thirsty at the end of it I wouldn’t want to drink milk! I’d want a Coke!”

My dad’s reply? “I don’t know, why don’t you ask him?”

Apples to Applesauce
Nature, Home and Family | Family & Parenting | Musings

Apples to Applesauce

These days my applesauce is better than ever. I’ve not added any kind of sugar or syrup to my applesauce (other than the red-hots) since I first started making my own in college, because the apples I use are plenty sweet enough. The simplest applesauce is merely a combination of apples and water – – what kind of apples depends on what’s available and personal tastes. My own favorite varieties are Fuji, Jonathan and Honeycrisp, but Gala and Red Delicious make perfectly good applesauce or you can add some green apples for a finish that’s more tart.

Dancing Leaves
Nature, Home and Family | Flora | Musings

Dancing Leaves

No doubt the trees have been more relieved than usual to release their leafy burdens this year, and the leaves even moreso to relinquish their duties on behalf of their woody parental stems and trunks. As the truck moved along the road in front of me this morning, keeping to the 20-mile-per-hour speed limit, the leaves covering the road it crossed were ecstatic in the dance that they danced for my eyes only.

about the author

Meet Janina

Author, Nature-Lover, and Teacher

Janina Marie Fuller at Book Launch

Janina Marie Fuller was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana at a time when lightening bugs hanging in the front yard air at dusk were even more plentiful than bees sipping clover in the back yard at dawn. After completing a B.S. in zoology from Oregon State University, Janina served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and community organizer in a highland tribal village of the northern Philippines.

After returning to the U.S., she pursued her commitment to community service as a project coordinator, public speaker, educator, consultant and administrator in global and local nonprofit organizations working to address hunger and homelessness at home and abroad. Janina received a master’s degree in Biology from Portland State University and a PhD in workforce development from Louisiana State University.

Never one to shy away from adventure, Janina has bartered in Hong Kong, paddled the Boundary Waters, prayed among the Stonehenge megaliths, danced the part of a wood nymph, learned to fly a plane, topped Yosemite’s Half Dome, played Queen Elizabeth I on stage, birdwatched in the Amazon forest canopy and snorkeled in the Galápagos.

She currently resides in South Louisiana with her husband Tom and their dog, Utah. Binoculars always within reach, Janina continues to enjoy time on the dock by the back yard pond during the day and on the screened porch at night, ready to welcome the next marvelous creature.


Get in Touch with Janina

Janina is available for interviews, speaking events, and other public opportunities regarding the book and her writing process.

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