Jennifer J. Phillips

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General Information

Name: Jennifer J. Phillips

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: 1962 in Alton, Illinois



Illinois Connection

I grew up in Alton, Illinois and remained an Illinois resident until after graduation from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I then started moving around the country for my career and now live in Shoreline, Washington. Most of my core family remains in Illinois and I find myself wanting to write about Illinois history and my childhood world. My first biography for children is about Elijah Lovejoy and I am working on another children's biography about Robert Wadlow.

Biographical and Professional Information

I started out as a newspaper reporter in Illinois and Iowa, then moved to corporate communications and public relations. I now split my professional time between healthcare improvement work and freelance writing, mainly for children. I have published children's articles and two children's biographies to date. I have other book projects in the works.

Published Works

Elijah Lovejoy's Fight for Freedom, Nose in a Book Publishing, 2009

Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia, Write Words Inc./, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Available virtually outside Washington state, in person within the Puget Sound region. Especially interested in classroom discussions and can tailor these to a teacher's areas of interest. Suggestions include the process of researching and writing a biography and the theme of courage. Contact author through her website or at No fee.

External Links

Jennifer J. Phillips on WorldCat

Jennifer J. Phillips on Amazon


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