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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennifer J. Phillips  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1962 in Alton, Illinois

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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.

Speaking Engagements

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Elijah Lovejoy's fight for freedom
ISBN: 9781452877303. OCLC Number: 664611246

Nose in a Book Pub.,. .

Elijah Lovejoy's fight for freedom /
ISBN: 0615316891. OCLC Number: 502148648

Nose in a Book Publishing,. .