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A little bit about me...

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My name is Jennifer Hunsicker, an author and freelance writer living in the Nashville, Tennessee, area with my honey and our two pets. Maddie is a little Yorkshire terrier, and Abby is a tabby kitten. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, and writing. My hobbies include cross stich, walking nature trails, amateur photography, touring historic sites, visiting aquariums, and sometimes making jewelry. I seem to always be writing something in my head as I'm doing these things, so it's time to actually put pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard.

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Where I come from . . .

I came from Alabama with a banjo on my knee. Oh, wait, that's a song lyric. I actually was born in Alabama, though, and I was fortunate that we stayed in one location until I was around six years old. We settled just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, when I was in the third grade. My parents instilled in me a love of reading and history. My grandparents molded me with story songs, art, and creative play. In high school, my senior English teacher asked me where I got the ideas for my short stories. This was largely due to an active imagination developed in childhood. I still remember some of those stories from high school, and perhaps, you will read versions of them someday. 

How I earned a living . . .

I began my adult working life in the kitchen of a nursing home doing meal prep for the residents. I met some very interesting characters there. After college, with a history degree and a toddler baby brother at home, I decided to stay nearby and work as a secretary. A couple of years later, I attended graduate school for a Master's in Library Science. I did leave that baby brother and my family for my first librarian job in Texas, but I eventually returned to be near family.

 

For over a quarter of a century, I worked as a librarian and library manager, mostly in public libraries, with nearly two years in an engineering library. While on this path, I took business and writing courses, attended many writing conferences,  and even had a couple of children's books published. The experiences from all of my jobs along life's journey have added and continue to add depth, variety, and skill to my creative and professional writing.

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What I'm doing now . . .

Currently, I am pursuing my combined loves of learning, research, and writing to educate and entertain others through nonfiction as well as fiction. I love picture books and writing for kids, so you'll be seeing a few of my fiction manuscripts coming through Penned Imaginings Press, my self-publishing business. I also write nonfiction for both children and adults.