About Janna

Short bio

Janna Seagull*, PhD is a genre-defying author and motivational speaker, whose work is at the crossroads of adventure, spirituality, erotica, humor, and women’s empowerment. Dr. Seagull has been interviewed by top media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, and she has presented at prestigious venues including Princeton University, Cornell University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her first book, Spiritual Hottie’s Diary, was a #1 bestseller on Amazon in nine categories, with rave reviews from the likes of New York Times bestselling authors Marci Shimoff, Chris Attwood, and Angela Knight.

*Erotica fiction pseudonym.


About Janna

SpiritualHottie_9yroldmeWhen I was a child and someone asked me, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” I knew who I didn’t want to be: a teacher, a doctor, or a cosmonaut. These were the go-to answers of most girls in my primary school. I had other plans. Actually two. One, I wanted to be a pop singer like Alla Pugacheva (think of Madonna singing in Russian) because even though I had no singing talents, my curly red hair looked similar to hers. Two, I wanted to become a criminal detective solving puzzles. With confidence that only a nine-year-old girl may have, I thought I could be just like Sherlock Holmes but in a skirt.

(Can you guess which of the three girls on the photo is me? ;-))

Believe it or not, I’ve managed to be all of the above in one way or another: I taught during grad school, I am a doctor (though not a medical one), I often fly in space in my dreams, I sang in my school’s choir, and I do detective work daily by piecing together stories from survey data. Go figure! One vocation I had never considered before I came to the United States was to be a writer (blogging wasn’t an option back then). In fact, I struggled with writing throughout all of my schooling. Writing essays on an assigned topic was akin to cutting onions; both come with lots of tears. In my whole school career, I wrote only two essays from the heart. One was about my Mom and why I wanted to be like her. My third-grade teacher announced in the class that my essay was the best she’d ever read. The other one was about Tatiana Larina, a shy, quiet, but passionate young woman from a famous novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin. I got the top grade too—my only one in the Russian Literature class during high school. Eventually, I concluded that I just couldn’t write and I made peace with that thought.

Well, never say never. About ten years ago, I read a fictional story written by a friend. I was blown away by the fact that she was not a writer (at least in a traditional sense), yet her story was alive and captivating. I recall thinking about how much I wanted to write like her. And then I fell in love, which stirred my imagination in more ways than I initially acknowledged. One day after taking a surfing class with my then-beau, I wrote a short story about our surfing experience. I wrote it from the point of view of a surfing board. The story simply came through me. I was amazed by what I wrote given how hard writing has always been for me. Then, I wrote another story and another one. I guess strong emotions are the entry points into other realms. The divorce gave me another push to look for ways to express myself differently, and I thought about writing again. Why not? And why not me?

Check out my new book called Spiritual Hottie’s Diary: Tantalizing Tales of Steamy Self-DiscoveryIt’s a collection of 10 short stories that blend tips on personal growth, lighthearted humor, and sizzling romance to inspire the readers to find their own path to personal and bodacious enlightenment.

Here are a few reviews about my book:

“When was the last time you put spiritual and sexual in the same sentence? Spiritual Hottie’s Diary offers a unique and unforgettable view of the journey to bodacious enlightenment.”
~ Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

“Wow…what a wild ride this book took me on! Up and down, in and out, crying, laughing, fantasizing, and romanticizing. I thought I had led a relatively hot life until I read Spiritual Hottie’s Diary… The good times and the quiet reflection from this great read aside, more than anything I learned a lot about the wants of a woman.”
~ Ken Streater, Author of The Gift of Courage: Stories of Open Hearts, Passion, and Purpose and Co-Founder of Motivation.com

“Women’s erotica is rarely portrayed in such a fun and enlightening way. Spiritual Hottie’s Diary is the book that every spiritual, sexual woman wishes had been written about her!”
~ EM Richter, Author of The Secret of the Storyteller and Founder of BraveEcstaticWoman.com

Interested? Then, order your copy of the book today. Click on your country of residence to get directly to the order page:


~ JS


About Janna — 1 Comment

  1. Jana,
    You are such a breath of fresh air. I always find myself entertained for one when reading your blogs, and I can always relate to aspects of your story. I had to laugh at your comparison of writing essays and cutting onions. So true for me as well!! I wanted to here more though. What happened next? I always pictured myself on stage when I was young not singing or acting, I actually wasn’t quite sure what I would be doing there, but as it turns out among other things I do a lot of public speaking in my profession.

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