Jolene has written young adult titles for Entangled/Macmillan, Albert Whitman Teen, and Simon Pulse. She is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. She writes as AJ Brooks with Allie Brennan. AJ Brooks is represented by Sharon Pelletier of Dystel and Goderich.
Jolene is a member of SCBWI. She is also a regular contributor at THINKING THROUGH OUR FINGERS and maintains her own blog that features some of her most popular classes at writing conferences HERE. She belongs to the LDStorymakers Author’s Guild and is the Vice-Chair of the Storymakers Conference.
She currently resides in Alaska with her husband, two children, two dogs, one cat, and tortoise.
Jolene grew up in South-central Alaska. She’s lived in Anchorage, near the Alyeska ski resort, on a cabin on an island on a lake, and then in a boring old house.
Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.
Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. She’s spent months sailing in the caribbean–two trips that were both dreams come true.
She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French.
She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.
Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Many times. Life is good.
You can reach Jolene at jolenebperry at gmail