Jennifer R. Povey


Jennifer R. Povey is in her early forties, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role playing games. Her short fiction sales include Analog, Cosmos, and Digital Science Fiction, and her first novel was published by Musa Publishing in April of 2013.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nottingham, England - and now live in America. I would say that the biggest influence my background has is that I have lived in two countries and two cultures.

Britain and America share a common language - sort of - but are quite different. My favorite phrase that sums up the difference is "Brits think 100 miles is a long way. Americans think 100 years is a long time."

I think this, combined with travel, gave me a bit more cultural agility than most people have and an advantage in imagining different (human or not) cultures.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been writing. I still have my childhood poems. They're not even that terrible.

My creative maturity, though, didn't hit me until my mid thirties. I think it took that long for me to get the staying power to be a writer, not just a dabbler. (I've always written fan fic - and I'm not against fan fic, but I call it a writer's "training wheels").

But moving words around is something I've always done and enjoyed doing.
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Where to find Jennifer R. Povey online


Council of Worlds
Five alien species seek to come together...but not everyone is in agreement. Conservative and reactionary forces seek to drive them back apart. Can they overcome these and their biological differences and unite?
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Lost Guardians
When Anna McKenzie is pulled into the world of magic, she does not know how high the stakes will be - for the Guardians, protectors of humanity, are in trouble.
Fallen Dark
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Falling Dusk
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Rising Dawn
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Risen Day
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The Silent Years
The stories of three women and how they survived the plague...and the apocalypse that followed.
The Silent Years: Mother
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The Silent Years: Crone
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Series: Council of Worlds, Book 3. Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 78,560. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The planet Glyn is home to a beautiful, terrible, and above all weird species. Can Charles understand them...and solve their problems?
Series: Council of Worlds, Book 2. Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 80,810. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
When the ky'iin came to Tyranis, they came as conquerors and farmers...and thought the herbivorous tyrar would be their new livestock. They were wrong, but now they must find peace...and into this comes humanity with an offer of help.
Series: Council of Worlds, Book 1. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 84,820. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In a remote village on the ky’iin homeworld of Kyx, a young woman has committed suicide. Investigator Viyar is assigned to what should be a routine check to make sure it wasn’t murder. Ly will discover that there is far more going on. Not everyone on Kyx wants to deal with aliens, and the conspiracy that runs deep…so deep not even all of those involved know its true extent...
The Secret History of Victor Prince
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 74,550. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Is the murder of a young woman a simple mugging? Or is it a gateway to another world, a force that brings together embittered detective Judy Eidelman and demonic mercenary Victor Prince in a tale of redemption, magic, and the very edges of Hell.
The Friar's Tale
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 87,340. Language: American English. Published: October 16, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The King is off on Crusade. The country is being bled dry. Between high taxes and the Forest Laws, a strained people teeter on the edge of revolt. Outlaws walk the woods. And a wandering friar, trying only to contemplate God... or more accurately, to find the best beer... becomes caught up in all of it, whether he will or no.
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Cat is living as quiet a life as the only human/demon hybrid in existence can; practicing as an alchemist, spending time with her adoptive family and her girlfriend, and keeping her head down. Yet her life is torn apart. Now, she must cross the face of Yirath, see the deep-running conflicts for herself and face her destiny in the demon city of Arok-Kor.
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 80,140. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Mars War is years over. Earth lost. And Earth's first starship has gone out into the black. José Marin is crew on the second, a war veteran seeking a place to belong away from a world which has not welcomed him home. But when the Atlantis sends a distress call, the Endeavour must go to their aid, and discover a tangled web that Marin will be drawn into the very heart of...
The Lay of Lady Percival
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 109,180. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Rome has fallen and the eagles have flown. Left alone with her child when her lover, Arthur, leaves these shores, Persephone finds her world changed when he returns - as war duke and then King of Britain. She has the one thing he needs: His son. But he will not accept her as herself. Thus is born the legend of Percival.
Daughter of Fire
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Laura led a sheltered, middle class existence. Oh, she knew she was adopted, but what did it matter? A lot when her birth mother is murdered and the killers come after her next... for reasons that are deep in her very blood.
Risen Day
Series: Lost Guardians. Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 76,120. Language: American English. Published: November 23, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
After saving the city of London from a demon trying to make it his own personal kingdom, Anna McKenzie, Victor Prince and their friends must now save the world...from a similar, but far greater threat. One which has already removed many of Earth's defenses.
Rising Dawn
Series: Lost Guardians. Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 79,570. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
After dealing with a rogue Guardian, Anna and her friends are left with more questions than answers. Guardians are going missing, and no one knows why. They must seek guidance from a senior Guardian living in London - and deal with a thirty-year-old mystery. Meanwhile, Anna keeps a secret...which threatens to destroy her relationship with the man she loves.
Fallen Dark
Series: Lost Guardians. Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 85,360. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
When Victor Prince disappears, Anna immediately suspects rogue Guardian, Erica Turner, of the crime. Now she has to deal with the tension in their relationship as well as Erica's insanity - knowing that lethal force will only create an even worse monster. All that, and there's a witch hunter in town...
Falling Dusk
Series: Lost Guardians. Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 83,120. Language: American English. Published: May 20, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Anna McKenzie wants to live in a world without magic, violence and most especially a certain vigilante named Victor Prince. That world has claimed her, though, and she cannot escape. She must embrace her fate.
The Silent Years: The Complete Collection
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 80,990. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » General
This collection of three novellas was originally published as Mother, Crone, and Maiden. They tell the stories of three women and how they faced a zombie plague and the collapse of civilization - and life in the ashes.
The Silent Years: Maiden
Series: The Silent Years. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 26,560. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In what used to be the suburbs of Chicago, a community lives and breathes despite the Silents in the wilds beyond. Until the unthinkable happens - the zombie-like Silents begin to recover their reason. The stage is set for a conflict between survivors and recovered.
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A ship has vanished in the dark, in the very outer reaches of Earth's solar system. Alien invaders sweep through the void, destroying outposts and threatening humanity. The truth is known only to a few: We fired first. We fired on aliens whose very appearance and body language sent all humans into a flying rage. All but a few.
The Silent Years: Crone
Series: The Silent Years. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 27,700. Language: American English. Published: February 6, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Helen Locke has held her community together through two years of the plague. But can it survive a brutal murder and conflict with those who have a very different idea about how to reorganize humanity?
The Silent Years: Mother
Series: The Silent Years. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 27,740. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
When the world ends can Dorothy Mayling hold her family together? Who will survive the plague...that turns those it infects into mindless zombies? The Silent Years: Mother is the first of three linked novellas that tell the story of the plague that ends the world as we know it.
The Skeptic and Other Glimpses
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 8,040. Language: American English. Published: March 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A UFO debunker bites off more than he can chew. A man faces an unusual test for an orbital job. Immortality becomes something to fear. Anchored around "The Skeptic," one of the last stories purchased by Dr. Stanley Schmidt prior to his retirement as editor of Analog, this collection of six short-short and flash stories shows glimpses of possibilities...and the future of Earth.
The London Incident
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The most significant scientific discoveries are not those made by years of painstaking experimentation. No, they are those made entirely by accident. Usually when the scientist is looking for something else. Sometimes, those discoveries can change the world... First published in Alternative Coordinates in 2009.

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