A message from Jennifer
Thank you so much for your interest in me and my books. I wanted to let you know a little more about me, and my life here in Washington, DC.
I'm a mom with two girls who are growing too fast! I love taking them into the woods or the mountains with our dog, Timmy--he's a bouncy golden retriever--especially when the sky is that really intense blue, the sunlight piercingly bright, the scenery lush and layered, or frozen in winter with a thick blanket of perfect snow.
Writing is my life. Sometimes people ask how I can sit and write for so many hours, but the truth is that I just love every moment. I feel as if something is coming to life under my fingertips, that I'm carefully creating a world, characters who will act and think and feel emotions all by themselves.
Cooking is my other joy, as is eating! My kids and I are forever in the kitchen, cupcake tins out, the piping bag ready. But I also love to cook for family and friends, dashing around the warm kitchen surrounded by wafts of garlic, herbs, and stocks while the girls lay the table specially with flowers and candles.
I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I loved writing them. Please get in touch. I'd love to hear your stories, too.
A Short Biography
Jennifer Ryan was born in Kent, just south of London, in the UK. She grew up in the beautiful countryside that forms such a beautiful backdrop to her novels. Her grandmother told endless stories of her time in the Second World War, and it was these that inspired her to write her first novel, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir.
After school and college, she worked as an editor for nonfiction books in London, and as her editing and writing became stronger, she began to thread her way into writing fiction. But it was once she married and moved to Washington, DC, that she began to write voraciously, and when she took time off work to have children, she found the space and time to write her first novel, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. It took five years of hearty researching, writing, and reworking.
Jennifer's second novel, The Spies of Shilling Lane, came in a great big sudden thwack of inspiration. The entire novel, complete with those larger-than-life characters, simply arrived in her mind. She wrote the first draft in just six amazing months, glued to her trusty laptop, unable to wait to see what was going to happen next.
The Spies of Shilling Lane is once again published by Crown Publishing, part of the Penguin Random House Group, and is due to come out in hardback on June 4th 2019. Please go to your local bookstore or amazon and pre-order a copy today.