Jennifer was born in 1968 and grew up in her grandmother's house in suburban Connecticut, where she was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic. She wrote her first short story in third grade. Jennifer graduated with a BA from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. A poem turned into a story, which turned into a novel, and she decided to take some time to think about whether she wanted to write poetry or fiction.
After bouncing around the country, Jennifer wound up back in Vermont, living in a cabin with no electricity, running water or phone with her partner, Drea, while they built our own house. Over the years, Jennifer has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness --- she quit her last real job in 2000 to work on writing full time. In 2004, Jennifer gave birth to their daughter, Zella. These days, they're living in an old Victorian in Montpelier, Vermont. Some neighbors think it looks like the Addams family house, which brings Jennifer immense pleasure.