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.
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.