Janine De Tillio Cammarata is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose (’88, ’93) in English Literature with a concentration in Medieval Literature. Her latest book is a middle-grade fantasy series, The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer's Eggs. She is the award winning author of What Makes Them Amazing: Inspiring Stories of Young Adults Fighting Cancer, Warriors Within: Book One of the Fianna Cycle, and Eyes of the Goddess: Book Two of the Fianna Cycle. Her memoirs have been chosen to be read at BookMarks: The Memoir Project Reading Series at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Cammarata is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She teaches creative writing and journaling workshops to all ages from elementary school, middle grade, high school, and adults.
Janine has edited White Wings by Claire R. Dwyer (The Troy Book Makers), and Gillinder & Sons Early American Westward Ho Pattern Glass by Leonard Farchione (Westward Ho Publishing), Generation Now by Brian McKenna, and No One Rises Alone by Scott Baker, as well as various other projects.
As president and co-founder of Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation, Inc. Janine spends much of her time running this foundation that is very close to her heart. It was formed in memory of her son, Nick, who passed away from Leukemia in October 2008. Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation financially and emotionally supports local pediatric cancer patients, as well as the young adult cancer community. Nick’s Round Table is a teen advisory group which helps other teens during their cancer journey.
Janine is a certified Dream Teacher under the training of Robert Moss, who created Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanism. She is a third degree black belt in Malone's Kenpo Karate, a Level 2 Reiki practitioner, and Baron Baptiste-inspired 200 hour registered yoga teacher.
She and her family live in upstate New York with their two rescue dogs, Zoey Shadow and Dakota Kenny.