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By day, Jennifer Estep is an award-winning features writer and page designer. She has a bachelor's degree in English and journalism, and a master's degree in professional communications. She works for a daily newspaper.
By night, Jennifer is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next super idea. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and several other writing groups.
I'm a Southern gal through and through. Sassy, sarcastic, and just a tad crazy.
I spent my formative years doing the usual kid things – playing, hanging out with my friends, and making up wild stories in my head.
It's the last one that's gotten me into trouble.
I don't remember the first book I read. Or the second. Or even the third.
But somewhere along the way, I fell in love with books and reading. Fairy tales, fantasies, adventure stories, mysteries, romances, Westerns. I read everything I could get my hands on, and then I got a dozen more.
My mom, bless her, encouraged this obsession by taking me to the library every week. It's a tradition I've continued. Most folks think penicillin and indoor plumbing and the Internet are the world's best inventions. Not me. The greatest thing ever created was a library. Indoor plumbing is a close second, though.
The more I read, the more I thought about writing my own stories. I penned a few poems and short stories over the years, mainly for class assignments. Then, in high school, a wonderful teacher expanded my horizons and helped me sharpen my skills. And I started thinking that I wanted to write books for a living.
In college, I majored in English because of my love of books. But what can you do with an English degree? I didn't know. One semester, I got a job with the college newspaper and discovered that you could write stories and make a respectable living.
Since that light-bulb moment, I've earned a bachelor's degree in English and journalism, and a master's degree in professional communications. Currently, I'm an award-winning features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper.
Now, after many, many years of toil and trouble, I've achieved my dream of being a bona fide, published, fiction author. I plan to keep on keeping on – writing, dreaming, making up wild stories in my head.
And getting myself into trouble.
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