Well, to start with, I’m an Oregon/California gal transplanted to Indiana and I love it here, except for the humidity and lack of mountains. It’s a great place to raise kids, horses, dogs, guinea pigs, and my secret chocolate vine. They’re all either grown or gone now, except for the secret chocolate vine . . . which will remain secret. And there’s a dog in the near future. And maybe a horse again. And . . .
But I digress. I write middle-grade novels and women’s fiction. And I read – especially those two, but also much more. Sometimes I even do both at the same time, which makes for an interesting combo when I’m writing a kid’s time travel adventure while reading a memoir, or reading historical sagas and writing about sisters’ relationships.
I like great characters and intricate stories. I like tension and excitement and hope. And if it keeps me thinking about the characters long after I’ve finished the book, that’s even better!
Since I try to write that way too, hopefully you’ll be thinking about my characters for a long time and waiting eagerly for the next book. Speaking of which, my debut children’s novel, Through the Shimmer of Time, was released in August 2014 through my imprint, Pangur Bán Books. It’s the first of a time-travel trilogy, so watch for more to come!
For those of you still looking for the official (boring) stuff, here it is:
Jennifer Jensen is a Midwest writer with nearly 250 non-fiction articles in print publications such as The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Monthly, Careers & Colleges, The Friend and Liahona. She spent two years as the Writing Fiction feature writer at Suite101.com. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a co-founder of the Northwest Indy Children’s Writers Group, and a past member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Jennifer has received two Indiana Arts Commission grants for her fiction, including Through the Shimmer of Time. She has taught writing workshops for children at the middle school and high school levels. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and holds a BA in English from Indiana University.