Jennifer is a native New Englander and graduate of Providence College. After college, and a three-year stint in Southern California, she settled back in New England. Currently, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Richard, fourteen-year-old daughter, Samantha, and a Guinea pig named Pip.
Jennifer mainly writes YA that tends toward the dark side with touches of magic, horror, and the supernatural. In addition to writing, Jennifer is a professional fantasy artist/illustrator and finds that alternating between writing and illustrating helps her to prevent creative blocks. If you like, you can visit her Fantasy Art site
or her Facebook page here.
Jennifer has written and illustrated a Tarot deck, Crystal Visions Tarot
, which was published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in 2011. Please visit Jennifer's Tarot site here.
Jennifer is a member of the SCBWI
and has worked as copywriter, resume writer, and has written many short stories, reviews, and articles for small press magazines and anthologies. Please visit the Books page
to find out more about her current projects.
1. I grew up and live in Rhode Island, but I hate seafood, have never been to Block Island, but I DO, unfortunately, have the accent.
2. I backpacked through Europe in my twenties and would love to go back, but after seeing the movie, Hostel
, would prefer to stay in hotels next time. :)
3. I've had many jobs over the years, from waitress to real estate marketer. The strangest jobs were a salesperson for a company that provided marketing for cosmetic surgeons--yes, I sold fake boobs, but never got them myself (TMI?)--and a telephone tarot reader.
4. Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist,
(both recommended by my mother), and Carrie
were my first introduction to horror movies. They are still my favorites and I credit them for making me a horror fan for life.
5. I love to read but have always been a picky reader. I love Stephen King books and read a ton of them while growing up. I credit his talent for characterization and amazing creativity as my inspiration to write.
6. I wrote my first novel when I was 24 after getting my first computer. It's saved on a floppy disk somewhere.
7. I got an agent right away for that novel, signed a six-month contract without ever speaking to anyone. The internet warned never to call and hound an agent and I took that advice to the extreme! Six months came and went, I never heard from anyone, and that was that. The agency is still around and now only takes previously published writers. I've never actually heard of them selling anything, but I've never heard anything negative either. Very mysterious.
8. I didn't realize how badly I wanted to be a writer until I received my first rejection, and the desire has only grown with each subsequent pass. My desire is colossal now.
9. I used to hate Twitter, but once I took the time to become acclimated, it has become an invaluable learning and networking resource for writing.
10. I started writing one of my newest novels, The Long Walk Home
, about ten years ago. It was originally intended to be a vampire tale, but I got stuck and shelved it, and then the vampire craze hit. I missed that boat, but the heart of the story stayed with me all these years, so I decided to resume the story sans vampires and voila, ten years later it's finally finished!
11. I've written too many novels to list here. Let's say it's past double digits.
12. I'm glad now that first novel never saw the light of day. It and I weren't ready. I know, eventually, I will be get a great agent and be published well. The waiting, the writing, and each rejection ensures that.
SOME OF MY FAVORITES (In no particular order ...)
Favorite (current) Books/Series: (Note: These are stand-outs. There are many more I've read and liked.)
Gone Girl, Unwind, The Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Hunger Games, Divergent, A Song of Ice and Fire (GOT Series)
Favorite (all time) Books:
The Shining, Rosemary's Baby, The House Next Door, The Haunting of Hill House, Dracula, I am Legend, A Kiss Before Dying, Rebecca
Favorite (current) TV:
Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Reign, Orange is the New Black, The Returned, Hannibal, AHS, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Real Housewives of Anywhere
Favorite (all time) TV:
The Tudors, Six Feet Under, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Lost, Veronica Mars, Sopranos, True Blood, Mad Men, Designing Women, Golden Girls, Three's Company, I Love Lucy
Favorite (semi-current) Movies:
It Follows, Let Me In, Frozen (not the Disney version), You're Next, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Despicable Me, Orphan, The Conjuring
Favorite (all time) Movies:
Dial M for Murder, Rebecca, A Kiss Before Dying, Rear Window, The Shining, Carrie (original, but the newest remake isn't horrible), 30 Days of Night, The Descent, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands, The Professional, Misery, The Exorcist, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club
(From this list, I guess you can tell I like Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, Johnny Depp, and Molly Ringwald movies. :D)
Movies endings that made me scream in frustration:
The Mist, Castaway, 13 Sins
(These lists will grow as I think of more ...)