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A native of Portland, Oregon, Vandever is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in film. She is the Co-writer and Associate Producer of the independent film JUST ONE TIME and the author of the novel THE BRONTE PROJECT, published by Random House (US) and Simon & Schuster (UK) and translated into Spanish, Italian, and Polish. Her second novel, AMERICAN TANGO was published in 2016.
Her work has appeared in First City, Redbook, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. She has optioned numerous screenplays to both independent and studio-based producers. A current project, OCTOBER SURPRISE is currently under option.
She's an adjunct professor teaching courses in Screenwriting, Screwball & Romantic Comedy, Writing the Romantic Comedy, and Women in Film for Emerson College's Los Angeles program. She divides her time between Portland and Los Angeles where she lives with her husband.
Vandever writes smart, interesting characters who gradually mature in believable ways. Perceptive, bittersweet, and sometimes darkly funny....
Publishers Weekly BookLife
How to keep moving forward when your life has stalled out — that’s part of the push and pull that writer Jennifer Vandever wrestles with in her taut and funny new novel .... with swift and entertaining prose. Portland Tribune
It's never anything short of lovely to find a new writer like Vandever: funny, witty, smart, thoughtful .... You'll want to see more from Vandever and soon.