I wear a variety of hats in my daily life: freelance writer, mom, wife, director of innovation programs at a Seattle medical center. I'm also a former newspaper reporter and corporate writer.
I've been able to try many fun and interesting things so far in my life. For example, I started out reporting on crime and court stories, hanging out in police labs before shows like CSI made crime investigation so popular. I've ridden in helicopters while doing public relations for an aircraft manufacturer and watched surgeries as part of my healthcare work.
My husband and I have always been big on travel, going near or far depending on the time and money we have. Our family loves exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest (yes, we've been to Forks, Washington, home of the famous Twilight series), nearby Canada and the Western states. But travel has also taken me to England, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Australia, China and Vietnam. I hope to see more of the world when I can!
I grew up in Alton, Illinois and this Midwestern upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s has been fueling some of my writing projects. Two of my biographies are "hometown-inspired" projects.
I love Smashwords and how it has championed the work of indie authors. In addition to my indie ebooks you'll find here, I have other books published. You can learn more about these and lots of extras at www.jenniferphillipsauthor.com.
Where to find Jennifer Phillips online
Where to buy in print
Robert Wadlow - The Unique Life of the Boy Who Became the World's Tallest Man
by Jennifer Phillips
A children's biography about young Robert Wadlow. The victim of an overactive pituitary gland, Robert lived from 1918 to 1940. He stood just shy of 9 feet tall by the time of his death at age 22. Robert didn't choose his situation, but his accomplishment was in how he handled it. Written for upper elementary readers. Lexile text measure: 770. Includes historical images.
Elijah Lovejoy's Fight for Freedom
by Jennifer Phillips
Two decades before the Civil War, Elijah Lovejoy used his newspaper to protest slavery. His beliefs were dangerous enough. Taking his cause public proved deadly as he defended press after press before losing his life to a mob. Insisting on his constitutional right to speak freely about unpopular subjects, he refused to be intimidated by those who would silence him.
A biography for young readers.
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Smashwords book reviews by Jennifer Phillips
Haunting Miss Trentwood
on Dec. 27, 2010
Mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, I read it and enjoyed it overall. On the other hand, there were elements that I felt were underdeveloped and required you to make a leap of faith. The characters seemed to behave immaturely and irrationally in several instances and I found myself struggling to determine if there was some context missing that would make it feel more natural. I felt the same about how easily Miss Trentwood slipped into a routine in which she accepted the haunting by her father as a ghost. This isn't a true fantasy story where you immediately take the leap of faith. It's more of a historical romance novel, so I feel some extra help would have been beneficial to set the stage and bring the reader along on the fantasy ride.
But I love to support indie authors and hope to read more by Ms. Kroll.