Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons lives in Lafayette, California with many books and two spoiled cats. She is working on a young adult novel and a book of essays.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Pleasant Hill, California, right outside San Francisco. It wasn't Mayberry but there were times people knew your business before you knew it. My characters usually live in the suburbs, for I write what I know. P Hill definitely influenced what I'm writing now: An elegy to the Dome, Pleasant Hill's oldest movie theater.
When did you first start writing?
I was ten! I was reading Nancy Drew that summer and something clicked in my head: I want to write. I want to create stories. I started writing about the adventures of Skye Patterson, who was very Nancy.
I always wanted to have something out there in the world published; I always thought I would walk into Borders and find a book of mine there. But Borders closed, the world changed... Now I had to get something out there before I was forty.the art of reinvention doesn't have to be overly dramatic.. it's about being who you are.
Three short stories that highlight two girls' coming of age in different eras. From a girl's first period to another girl risking punishment in a parking lot, Gibbons explores what it's like to be a young girl in suburban Northern California.