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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.