About Jen

Profile w/K croppedSo you came for a blog post and browsed around to find out more.  Who is this crazy woman writing this blog?

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.

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11 Responses to About Jen

  1. JM Frey says:

    Hello, Jen.

    A few other people have also requested a run down of what I did to self-market, so I wrote a blog post about it. You can find it here: http://jmfrey.net/blog/

    Thanks again for your comments!


  2. (Elder) Watkins says:

    Hi Sis. Jensen:

    I stumbled across your blog and saw pictures of my MTC companion (your son Tim). I’ve had a hard time trying to find him on facebook– can you tell him hi and to email me– I’d love to hear how he’s doing.


  3. I was just googling Jenny Jenson and found this. I used to live in Indy and as a child I had a friend by that name. I went to St Monica Catholic Church and I believe that is where I met her. She had the most awesome parents. Won’t be you would it???

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi, Jo Ellen. No, it wasn’t me. I grew up in California and Oregon, and moved to the Indy area about 20 years ago with hubby and 3 kids. Hope you reconnect with your Jenny someday!

  4. Issac says:

    Hello Jennifer,

    I’m working on an essay about phonetically accurate dialogue and I keep seeing writers say things like you mentioned here (http://suite101.com/article/using-dialect-in-fiction-a65843), that “… the modern rule is to not use dialect in writing …” but I can’t seem to find a source for this rule. Could you cite your source or point me in the right direction? Thank you for your time!


    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Hi, Isaac. I suppose I hear it mostly from editors and agents at writer’s conferences, but I finally looked through my books for a quotable answer. In “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers,” Renni Browne and Dave King talk about it in Chapter 5, noting not only how difficult dialect is to read, but how it perpetuates up a class division. Dwight V. Swain, in “Creating Characters,” says that readers and editors hate it, and that “it tends to confuse and slow the pace.”

      I hope that helps you. It was good for me to look up, and I may do a full blog post with it!

  5. nicole says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    How have you and your family been? Pretty sure your daughter Kimberly was one of my good friends when we were young kids in Cali. My family and I visited once you all moved to Indiana too. I would like to tell her “hello” if you could please pass along my email address to her. Thank you!

  6. Jessica says:

    I am researching moving to Cork and stumbled across your blog. If you have a few spare minutes, I would love to email you some questions.

    Thanks, Jessica

    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Hi, Jessica. Not sure how many spare minutes I have, but fire away! I’ll answer what I can when I get a chance. (Depends on how much I’m procrastinating my studies. ) And where are you from and what’s taking you to Cork?

    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      PS–email me at jennifer (at) jenniferjensen (dot) com.

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