Jennifer is a lady of science and magic. She grew up playing make-believe outside, pretending her Cherokee and Irish roots gave her secret powers. She has journaled for as long as she can remember, writing stories, poetry, and the thoughts of a perfectly strange girl. She received a Young Author’s Conference Grand Prize award for her writing and illustrations of her first book, “No More Bananas.” However, that was in the 5th grade.

Eventually, she learned that there were no longer undiscovered lands and perhaps magic wasn’t real after all. She decided the practical thing would be to study Biology and Chemistry and received her BS from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. After all, making scientific discoveries and concocting “potions” would be a close second to real magic and exploration.

She considers herself a Jen-of-all-Trades because she hasn’t seemed to settle down on one thing—that is, until she decided to go back to writing. She quit her job as a high school chemistry teacher and went back to grooming dogs while she wrote her first novel, A Gift From Darkness. Since then, she has written three other novels and is in the process of editing those. True to her nature, Jennifer writes YA and NA fantasy novels that include magic, romance, witches, and the wilds.

Jennifer is an extroverted introvert who now lives with her partner and daughter in Utah so she can be close to the mountains (and pretend she’s exploring the wilds when she’s on the trails). She loves playing music, painting, gardening, riding bikes, and although she’s terrified of heights, loves to rock climb. (House Gryffindor!) Jennifer is a believer in nature and a believer in people. She is a part of a local Salt Lake City writing and beta reading group and is involved in Twitter writing groups. She feels extremely lucky to have a network of writing pals. To her, writing groups are like book clubs but with the authors. She is currently querying her debut novel, A Gift From Darkness.