About

Who am I?

Hi, I’m Jennifer (aka Jen), and I’m an analyst by day, writer by night, cat lover all the time. More about the cats in a bit.

I live with my husband in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which is about an hour away from DC.

What do I write?

YA contemporary.

If you click the “writing” tab above, there’s a description of my current work-in-progress (WIP), as well as links to some of my favorite blog posts.

How long have I been writing?

Since my 2nd grade journal assignment. I started a personal journal the next year and began writing poetry in middle school.

I attempted my first novel in high school. Great experience, not so great on plot, characterization, and everything else.

Can you read my book(s)?

I hope to be published one day!

How many books have you written?

A lot! But only two that were polished enough to query. My current WIP will be the third. Writing is a long journey and requires endless patience and perseverance.

Can you read my middle school poetry?

Haha, no, it’s right where it needs to be – in a box in my basement.

What are some of my favorite things?

Reading

If the book is character-driven and full of emotion, I’m all over it. Especially YA, my fave!

I try to read from every genre, but I struggle with fantasy and sci-fi because it’s hard for me to imagine fantastical things.

Horror is generally a no-go, because I’m a scaredy cat.

Watching TV

I love shows that are nostalgic: Freaks and Geeks

offbeat: Wonderfalls

or full of action: Agents of Shield

I’ve seen every episode of Degrassi (minus Kids of), all the way back to the 80s. The more angst, the better!

I started watching General Hospital when I was in middle school and I’ve laughed, cried, and gasped with these characters more than any others. It just doesn’t feel like a day if Sonny Corinthos isn’t importing coffee.

Eating snacks

Not even kidding. Popcorn is my true love and fries/tots are my weakness. I wash it all down with a cup of decaf green tea.

Music

Since I grew up in the 80s/90s, music from those decades will always have my heart. I practically wore out my copies of Wish by The Cure and Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul.

Tell me “Straight Up” is not one of the most perfect songs ever composed and I will fight you.

My first concert was Chris Cornell solo at 9:30 Club in DC.

Hiking

No, not struggling uphill with a heavy pack for 10 miles. That sounds awful.

I enjoy what I call “meandering hikes,” which is me wandering through the woods for an hour or two, never more than a few miles, and staring at trees while breathing deeply.

I’m lucky enough to live near a national park and several state parks and national forests. So much glorious wilderness!

Note: I only hike during fall and winter, maybe early spring, because I hate all things heat/humidity.

Wanna see pics of my cats?

Sure, you do!

And here are a few of my little corner of the world

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