Janita Ryan is based in the City of Port Phillip. She and her faithful companion, her dog Miss Charlotte walk and scour the beaches of the City of Port Phillip.

She is also a keen polar bear tourist when funds permit and would love to see both the bears and planet survive for a few millennium beyond when she departs it.

In 2016 Ryan set up Cactus Press, an imprint for books concerned with  thorny issues.