About Jennifer

I’m a writer, photographer, artist, world traveler, and a wife & mom of 3 boys. I love to write and read, am the founder and leader of GreatNewBooks.org, and am currently working on a novel set in New Orleans and coastal Italy and a memoir about my time in Prague.

In my teens, I traveled the world, walked runways, and appeared in fashion magazines as a model with Elite. I’ve recently returned to the US after living 4 years in Prague, Czech Republic, with my family. Life is an adventure, full of beauty. Thanks for joining me here!

Jennifer, NYC, age 15

Jennifer Lyn King

My story:

I grew up in the Southern United States in small towns of Texas and Arkansas, soaking up warm days and reading in the shade of oak trees.

As a young teen, my family moved across the country to Pennsylvania, where I still read books in stacks, but also swam with the school’s synchronized swimming team. In the summer of 1988, I had the opportunity to swim with my team in the Olympic Trials. I loved it, noseclips, knoxed hair, sequin suits, and all.

But my family moved often, and a few weeks after the Olympic Trials, we moved cross-country again to rural Ohio, where swimming year-round was not possible. Somehow, the opportunities didn’t stop. Someone entered me into a modeling contest, Elite’s Look of the Year, because of my nearly six-foot height. And so it happened that at age fifteen, I won a contract and slipped into four-inch stilettos to work covers, magazines, and runways with Elite Model Management internationally. I loved it—especially working with designers like Azzedine Aläia, walking runways in Paris, and living in Tokyo, New York City, and Chicago in the summers.

But just as the synchronized swimming ended abruptly, so did the modeling—in the fall after high school graduation, I attended Purdue University for engineering, the degree the males in my family had always earned. I graduated with a degree in Mechanical engineering and a minor in Spanish, and worked for a time with a Fortune 500 company and then a smaller firm in New Orleans. But after I married and began having children, my deep love for reading and writing caught up to me and I found the life I enjoy most.

In the more than ten years focused on writing, I’ve had one book published (non-fiction, Tyndale House Publishers) and discovered my deepest love: writing novels. I write every day, because I love it.

I live in Ohio with my husband and our three sons, ages 16, 13, and 12. We’ve recently returned to the USA after living for four years in Prague, Czech Republic. While there, we traveled to twenty-three countries in Europe. It was a dream – the experience of a lifetime!

In addition to writing, I love to paint, read, play the piano and viola, and ski, swim, and play tennis. But my favorite times in life are the unprogrammed hours—I especially love getting to hang out in the backyard with my family.

For the photo journal version of my story, click here.

Most of all, I’m grateful for the wide set of experiences and opportunities I’ve had in life to help shape me into who I am today.

I feel passionate to connect with and give back to others. I am the leader and founding member of the team-run book recommendation site, Great New Books, found at http://GreatNewBooks.org. And I believe in the missions of the United Nations Foundation, World Vision, (Red), Every Mother Counts, and others.

Jennifer, fall 2014

A new 2 minute video, on where I find inspiration for my writing, in my own words: