Bullet points, people. Less is more:

  • Writer. Copy/line editor (www.commanaut.com). Sometimes photographer.
  • Resides in the Great White North, though the webbed feet prove that I originate from Portland, Oregon. Last U.S. address was Los Angeles, California. No, I do not miss the traffic. (Although Vancouver is #2 in North America for Worst Traffic Ever.) I do miss California's awesome beaches. Oh, the surfers ...
  • Studied English, political science, and criminology via Washington State University.
  • Studied copy and substantive editing (2005-06) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. 
  • Member of the eight-person fiction cohort of the 2007 Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.
  • Represented by Daniel Lazar at Writers House. Every day, I pinch myself. VERY HARD. "Is this real life?"
  • My first YA novel is currently not available because it's having all the flesh torn from its bones and recrafted into the Bionic Book. Stay tuned for details.
  • I write under the pen name Eliza Gordon for non-YA titles. Sorry, friends. No sexytime from Jenn. Romantic comedies only. "It'll be grand ..."
  • Former contributor/reviewer for the Litstack.com and Best Damn Creative Writing Blog as well as other online sites. Google me if you're curious. (And for the record, I am NOT a professional dog handler or breeder. Long story ...)
  • Mother of four: former soldier, now train engineer; entertainment journalist; soccer star/all-around nice kid; and piano boy/YouTube wannabe/comedian/gamer.
  • I will never join the PTA or PAC, so please, don't ask. I also don't do candle, jewelry, or sex toy parties. Thanks, though. I'm sure the finger sandwiches are delicious.
  • I used to do all of my first-draft writing in the car, at night, in the parking lot of my favorite coffee shop. Sadly, the gangs here are getting stupid--yes! In Canada!--shooting the hell out of each other in random places and I have paranoid tendencies. Now I stay home to write.
  • I am a soundtrack/movie score JUNKIE. Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat are gods. And HARRY ESCOTT. *swoon* Email me if you want a good list of starter soundtracks.
  • I am obsessed with ducks, elephants, and otters. I'd like to have one of each someday.
  • Cat person. My "boyfriend," a 14-year-old Himalayan/tabby named Kovu, died in February 2013. Black, black day. A week later, Baby Nuit came into our lives. She is now pasted all over this blog.
  • Virgoan. Long live perfectionism.
  • I love coffee, Shakespeare (!!!), Joan of Arc, American Oreos, the Golden Rule, Mark Strong, Thorin Oakenshield, and effing good writing. 
  • I hate thunderstorms, paperwork, people lacking humility, lazy writers with a sense of entitlement, and going to the dentist. Oh, and bad drivers. THE BAD DRIVERS TURN ME INTO A RAGE STORM OF CALAMITOUS DOOM.

I hope you like my words. I worked hard to pick all the right ones.