Age: Royal Secret
Came From: A small town in northern Ohio
Became a Maid of Honor: After bringing her tale of spygirls to the noble city, and winning the favor of the great house of Simon (& Schuster).
Special Skill: Matrix-like reflexes, superior strength, fabulous wit… okay, ah – we’ll get back to you on that.
Jennifer McGowan has been writing fiction for long enough to know better. Her first attempt at a full-length Choose Your Own Adventure computer program – written when she was 12 years old – was keyed into her brand new Commodore Vic 20. (yes, this means she’s really old. That was back when computers had tape cassettes.) It was called “The Silver Key,” and was the story of a young, intrepid adventurer who discovers pirates, underground labyrinths, and mysterious villains; and who then—against all odds—falls in love.
Fast forward through getting $5 a pop for love poems (she’s not proud) in Jr. High, a job as editor in chief of her college newspaper, and a year in Paris based largely on her ability to write awesome essays, and Jenn finally got a clue that writing could be a full-time career. It didn’t matter–she still sold out and took a job on the dark side of the mountain. Now, however, she lives in the Midwest and spends her days writing for love or money—and sometimes, happily, for both.
A past RWA Golden Heart winner and 2011 Golden Heart finalist, Jenn is represented by agent extraordinaire Alexandra Machinist, of ICM. Her debut novel, MAID OF SECRETS, was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in Spring, 2013. It’s the tale of a resourceful thief who is forced to join an elite group of spies in Queen Elizabeth’s court – to find a killer, save the crown, and resist the greatest danger of all: falling in love. That book was followed by the e-novella A THIEF BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and her newest release MAID OF DECEPTION–about a young women skilled in court intrigue, who meets her match in a Scottish rogue determined to capture her heart.
Because, in the end, it seems like every story worth writing about… is about falling in love.