Janet Ambrosi Wertman is an American historical fiction author, known for writing Jane the Quene and The Path to Somerset, and for providing historical commentary about the Tudor period in various newspapers, historical websites, and podcasts.
Early life and career
Wertman grew up in the Upper West Side of Mahattan and French school as a child. Wertman's grandfather Louis L. Scher, was an antiquarian book dealer and the owner of The Seven Bookhunters, a bookstore in New York City. Scher was a close friend of Shirley Jackson and her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman. Wertman went on to study at Barnard College before graduating from Cornell Law School and becoming a corporate lawyer.
Wertman began her writing career as a grant writer for non-profit organizations, and co-authored the 1991 non-fiction book The Executive Compensation Answer Book with Panel Publishers.
Wertman began authoring historical fiction in 1997, after moving to Los Angeles. In 2016, Wertman published Jane the Quene, the first installment in her three-part Seymour Saga. Jane the Quene received generally favorable reviews and sold over 5,000 copies in its first year. Historical Novels Review called it "a touching and insightful experience". Steve Donoghue of Open Letters Monthly praised Wertman's character development, and especially her three-dimensional portrayal of Jane Seymour. The novel was also nominated for Novel of the Year by Underground Book Review.
In 2018, Wertman published the second installment in her Seymour Saga, The Path to Somerset, a novel based on the life of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset and Stephen Gardiner. The Path to Somerset also received favourable reviews for its portrayal of the political rivalry between Edward Seymour and Stephen Gardiner. The final installment in the Seymour Saga, The Boy King, is to be published in 2020.
Wertman is one the authors of History Talks, which represents the Southern California chapter of the Historical Novel Society, and has been featured in publications like The Hour and Palisadian-Post. Wertman was a speaker at the 2018 Tudor Summit, along with historians such as Claire Ridgway and Cassidy Cash. She also presented at the first annual Tudorcon in Manheim, Pennsylvania, in October 2019, and has been announced as a speaker at the 2020 Tudorcon. Wertman also hosts Author Notes, on the Tudor Radio Network. She has guest hosted podcasts such as Tudors Dynasty Podcast, and On the Tudor Trail.
- Jane the Quene. 2016. ISBN 9780997133813
- The Path to Somerset. 2018. ISBN 0997133848
- Hyman, Stanley Edgar. "Book Scout". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
- Wertman, Jane (2016). "Seymour+Saga"&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjV9JXohYznAhXLtlkKHUAQDBYQ6AEwAXoECAAQAg Jane the Quene. ISBN 9780997133813.
- "Shirley Jackson papers,". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
- Grace, Maria (2016-04-10). "Writing Superheroes: Janet Wertman". Random Bits of Fascination. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "Review: Jane the Quene". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- Monterrosa, Christian (2018-11-15). "Palisadian Author Publishes Second Book". Palisadian Post. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
- "Jane the Quene". Historical Novel Society. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "Historical Novels Review, Issue 79 (February 2017)". Issuu. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
- "A Year with the Tudors II: "You Are My Grace"". Open Letters Monthly. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
- "Underground Book Reviews". www.undergroundbookreviews.org. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "Review: The Path to Somerset". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "The Path to Somerset (The Seymour Saga) (Volume 2)". Historical Novel Society. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "Book Review: Jane the Quene by Janet Wertman -Seymour saga". SaylingAway. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "Our Authors and Moderators". Historical Speakers. 2019-10-23. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
- Llopis, Glenn (2017-05-16). "Learn How to Be an Effective Leader from King Henry VIII Himself". The Hour. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "The September 2018 Tudor Summit". Englandcast. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
- theanneboleynfiles (2018-02-06). "The Tudor Summit - 3 and 4 March 2018". The Anne Boleyn Files. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
- Berg, Tabitha (2019-08-19). "TUDORCON 2019: World's First 'Tudorcon' for Tudor History Lovers in Manheim PA | eNewsChannels News". eNewsChannels. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "TUDORCON2020". heatherteysko.lpages.co. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "Tudor Times". Tudor Times. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- Development, PodBean. "Janet Wertman on Edward & Jane Seymour". tudorsdynasty.podbean.com. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
- "Episode 22 – Talking Tudors with Janet Wertman". onthetudortrail.com. Retrieved 2020-01-14.