Hi! I’m Jennifer Mathieu, young adult novelist, mom, teacher, wife, friend, pop culture obsessive, and about a million other things, too.
If you’re finding this blog and want to know more about my writing for young adults (and I hope you do!), please visit my author website.
It seems everything a person can say about writing sounds corny or quaint or expected. (“Writing is my passion” or “I’ve been writing since I was a little girl.”) Both of those statements are true about me, but this blog is not meant to be heavy duty. Instead, I just want it to be a place where I can share some of my work, both funny and serious.
In my younger years, I wrote a lot of navel-gazing personal essays – some good, some gawd-awful. As I got older, I started writing for a few pop culture blogs and enjoyed gazing (and analyzing) Saved by the Bell reruns and Mad Men instead of my own navel. Some of my not gawd-awful personal essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Texas Observer, BUST, and the Seal Press essay collection Going Alone: Women’s Adventures in the Wild. Several of the pieces on this blog have also been included in the Dallas Museum of Art’s reading series, Texas Bound.
Now my focus is on writing young adult literature. Fortunately, I have plenty of grist for the mill. During the day, I teach teenagers to read, write, think, and (on a really good day) not to fall asleep while I teach them about conjunctions. When I’m not doing that, I devour YA literature and create my own characters and stories. I am represented by the wonderful Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Rostan. My first novel, The Truth About Alice, was named the Children’s Book Council Teen Choice Debut Award of 2015 as well as an Amazon Editors’ pick for Best YA Novels of 2014. My second novel, Devoted, was warmly received and earned a starred review from Booklist. I have three books forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press, with the third set to debut on September 20, 2016.
I live in Texas with my funny husband, adorable son, one very loyal rescue dog, one fat cat, and one cat that is even fatter than the fat cat.
Thanks for visiting!