My Kid Selected for the Young Storytellers Biggest Show!


I had to post about this—for the second year in a row, the kid I mentored for the Young Storytellers Foundation had her script selected for the star-studded Biggest Show! They only pick 5 stories out of over 800, so this is a huge honor for Tamara. But I can’t say I’m surprised. She wrote an amazing story called BECOMING ME full of magic, sassy characters, humor, and heart.

I can’t wait to see if brought to life for the second time.


Me & Tamara at the Big Show!

Check out these HUGE stars that will be performing it:

We have a phenomenal cast of actors scheduled to perform including Jack Black (School of Rock), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Tom Lennon (The Odd Couple), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Judy Greer (Married), Jason Mantzoukas (The League) and hosted by The Sklar Brothers.

I already have a hunch about which role Jack Black will be playing. Tamara and I will get to sit ON THE STAGE while they’re performing her script. Keegan-Michael Key is one of my favorite comedians. I’m totally going to geek out and laugh my butt off.

This event is for charity and tickets are available, so get them now!

Here’s the link for tickets

Your support is hugely appreciated and goes to an amazing cause. I’ve mentored with them for many years now, and the opportunity to bring arts education to low-income schools makes an enormous difference in these kids’ lives.

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The Lemon Tree House Writers’ Residency—Update #3 (Arezzo & Pool Writing)

LTH Arezzo Collage

Yup, it’s another post from my writers’ residency in Tuscany at the Lemon Tree House. You can read my first two posts here and here.

It’s not easy to leave such a beautiful spot, but I did venture on a day trip to Arezzo with the crew, a little medieval hamlet nestled on a hilltop. I climbed a Clock Tower for views. I browsed a church with 900-year-old frescoes that had been plastered over and then discovered again. I had a delicious lunch of caprese, risotto, and vino.

Jen in Arezzzo Plaza

Arezzo Plaza

A day off the property was divine, but now I’m back to the real reason I came here—to write my ass off. I’ve been productive—14k words and Part One of Book 3 done. I’ll be starting Part Two today.

THE UNITED CONTINUUMS is well underway.

It’s not exactly a hardship when I can write poolside. I got one last swimming day in Sunday before the weather has turned decidedly cooler. Hello, September. Hello, fall. A nice break from sweltering Los Angeles.

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Pool Writing Day

I return home on Saturday via Rome. Three weeks was the right choice. I’ve loved my time away—especially the incredible meals, the vino, and the writing time. But I miss my fur baby and my hubby. Going away makes coming home that much sweeter, doesn’t it?

B&W Arezzo

Clock Tower View Arezzo Rooftop

There are a few spots left for the Lemon Tree House in April—not to be missed!

Here’s a link with more information on applying

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The Lemon Tree House Writers’ Residency—Update #2 (Is This Heaven?)

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Sunset Walk in Tuscany

Is this heaven? No really…pinch me now!

I find myself thinking that a lot these days.

I’m in Tuscany for a 3-week writers’ residency at The Lemon Tree House. Nestled up in the Cetona foothills in the historic Camporsevoli property, I find myself spending my days reflecting, practicing yoga, writing, swimming laps in the very brisk pool with breathtaking views stretching into the distance. At night, we gather for incredible 3-course feasts cooked up from scratch by Erinn Beth Langille (also a very talented writer in her own right).

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Panoramic View by the Pool

I’ve already been here a week and a half, and while my first week was spent more quietly with only a few other writers on the property and a day trip to Siena, now most of the other writers have arrived and the real festivities have begun—craft workshops with YA/crossover writer Ibi Kaslik, craft talks with other writers in residence, group dinners with breakout folk singalongs, mediation and yoga classes, and much more.

Doing My Reading for Class

Doing My Reading for Class

These pictures DO NOT do this place justice. Hell, I don’t want to leave. I know when I’m in the best spot. I know where my bread is buttered. I know that this is heaven in a way. Writerly heaven. I love being able to spend my days on my work (I’m working away on Book 3 of my Continuum Trilogy—you can preorder the first book here). I’ve got a toehold in the book. I’m making process. Brainstorming and daydreaming, then typing madly on my computer shaping the chapters that will build into an entire novel.

I’m honored to be surrounded by such talented folks—this writer just announced her Poets & Writers fellowshipand this one has a short story collection publishing next week. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

Alright, back to writing!

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The Lemon Tree House Writers’ Residency—Update #1

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The View from My Villa—Is This Heaven?

I arrived in Tuscany yesterday!

I’m here for a 3-week writers’ residency at The Lemon Tree House. I’ve been here less than twenty-four hours—and it’s a dream already. I feel right at home. Perched on a mountainside, watching the thunderstorms blow through—rain, actual rain!—and thunder! I came from hotter-than-hell, humid-as hell-LA. This is a welcome reprieve.

It’s a breath of fresh air.


My Little Red Desk

My Little Red Desk

Before I left, I sent off Book 2 of my series. It’s titled THE RETURN OF THE CONTINUUMS. This series has been a huge undertaking. Letting go isn’t easy, but it’s also exciting to know my work will be making its way out into the world at long last. THE 13TH CONTINUUM is up on Amazon and available for preorder. Everything I’ve worked so hard for is happening. I’ve cleared my slate. I’m clearing my head now.

A day to rest. A day to daydream. A day to listen to thunder and smell the rain and sit cozy on a sofa in an old Italian villa. A day to cook frittata and snack on prosciutto and eat tomatoes that taste like tomatoes. A day to watch the sun peak from the clouds and feel the breeze on my skin. A day to read and watch movies and be still.

This locale reminds me of Floyd, Virginia where my parents live on a mountain, except it’s Italy. And I’m with other writers. It might be my version of heaven. I love LA and my life there. But this time of year is HOT. And the daily responsibilities of a life, even a simple one like mine, can intrude on the work. Leaving it all behind frees me up.

Tomorrow, I’ll begin the monumental task of writing the third book my series. I’m under contract and on deadline for the first time ever. I know the story—all the big things that happen—but I still have a lot of work to do building out the worlds. I’ll start with thinking and brainstorming and daydreaming, and then I’ll put my fingers to my keyboard.

And see what emerges.

Word by word, sentence by sentence, flooding the page. I’ll be traveling to outer space, deep underground, to the trenches at the bottom of the sea, across the scorched Surface of the Earth. The book is called THE UNTIED CONTINUUMS.

Wish me luck!

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The 13th Continuum Cover Reveal & Available for Preorder on Amazon!


Publication Date: April 19, 2016

So this is really happening!

Today began like most days. I awoke to another beautiful day in the canyon. Did my yoga, had my simple breakfast, and sat down to prepare to write. But then I realized that I’d been approved for my official author page on Goodreads.

Ok, I thought, this is pretty rad. I started messing around with it, and before I knew it, I stumbled upon my book up on Amazon! With the fantastic cover design (my publisher did such an amazing job with it!).

THE 13TH CONTINUUM on Amazon (paperback available for preorder)

How cool is that?

I turned in my copyedit earlier this week. It all makes sense really. Everything is moving full steam ahead. I feel the need to pinch myself. I can’t believe it’s real.

More good stuff is in the works and will be announced soon! So follow me on social media, this blog, wherever you live in the media landscape. I depart for Tuscany in one short week for a 3-week Writers’ Residency at the Lemon Tree House.

It is there that I will begin Book 3.

Jen xx

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