Portions of this story may be untrue. Other portions, mostly true. All is exactly how the author remembers.
Growing up in suburban Detroit during the 1980s and 90s, nothing of interest happened to little Jenny until elementary school. There, hanging in the school librarian’s office, she saw an awesome Brothers Hildebrandt poster of Lothlorien. At that moment, her mind was blown and she began an obsession with fantasy literature, role-playing games, and all things adventurous. Jenny spent most of her childhood pretending to be Indiana Jones, a knight of the Round Table, Dick Tracy, Robin Hood, and occasionally Sorsha from Willow. She wrote stories, created boardgames, and made lots of wooden swords in her grandfather’s garage.
Everything was nerdy bliss until the age of twelve, when Jenny fell into a dark time known as “adolescence” and abandoned her love of fantasy and adventure. She spent these lost years devoting her time to trivialities such as popularity and getting invited to parties, and put all of her fantasy books and role-playing games away in a box in the basement.
All was not lost, however; Jenny still maintained some level of weirdness, even in the midst of her misguided quest to be cool. It was during these “Lost Years” of adolescence that Jenny discovered her love of old movies, a love and devotion that continues to this day. If you ask her, she’ll name Barbara Stanwyck her favorite actress, Cary Grant her favorite actor, and Leave Her to Heaven her favorite Technicolor noir.
Eventually, Jenny would see the light and renew her interest in things strange and medieval. This was once again due to an educator, her 12th grade English teacher, who introduced Jenny to Beowulf, Chaucer, and the coolness of Shakespeare. While in college, she embarked on a reunion tour through the realms of fantasy, science fiction, and comic books. Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Ray Bradbury, and George R.R. Martin, Jenny began writing fiction again.
Her college years were spent studying screenwriting and she hoped to bring her love of fantasy to her work in the movie industry. But after a brief sojourn in North Hollywood and a fleeting attempt at writing for television, Jenny returned to the Detroit area to become what so many aspiring writers have become before: an English teacher. She continues in her role as teacher even today, where she tries to make sure her classroom includes posters of Middle-Earth, The Dark Crystal, and Casablanca — just in case one of her student happens to see them and has a mind-blowing experience.
She lives and writes in Metro Detroit, and shares a home with her husband, her young children, and two rascally cats. When she’s not writing, teaching, or goofing around with her kids, she can be found watching old movies, playing board games, or reading a dusty Ballantine paperback.