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In brief, I am a writer. Specifically, a novelist. Additionally, a work for hire writer and editor. Yeah, that’s right. A freelancer. Or, as I prefer to be called, a word-wielding warrior! An ink-slinging samurai.

I write daily, diligently, ritualistically, passionately, and preferably for children and young adults.

I’ve spread lots of information across the pages of this site, so have a look around. If you have a project that demands creativity, wit, research, and above all, excellent writing, please email me: jen.michelle.mason (at) gmail (dot) com. Also, feel free to friend me on Facebook, tweet me on Twitter, or plus me on Google+.

I received an M.F.A. from the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I actively seek ways in which to unleash my talents on the world’s most imaginative and sophisticated readers: kids!

I live in the side of a gingerbread mountain in southern Colorado. I have a shodan (black belt) rank in aikido. Besides learning self-defense, bokkendo, and jodo, the precision, I cultivate self-refinement and harmony which impact my writing.

Previously, I lived in Ireland, on the breadcrumb shores of Sandycove, just twenty minutes south of Dublin. While there, I received my M.Phil. in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Basically, I worked like a mad chemist and mixed Charlotte Brontë, Raymond Chandler, and James S. A. Corey into my dissertation.

I received B.A.’s in English (creative writing) and History from the University of New Mexico. I have published poems, short stories, and essays. I was the Program Coordinator of the Honors Program at UNM. That is, I ran the front office, the website, and all events, while keeping all the students and faculty on track. I also worked for a long time at a credit union, managing tellers and tracking the vault (yeah, I’ve handled fat stacks, yo).

I grew up in the New Mexico boot heel, among creosote and coyotes — an upbringing that made me durable, timeless, and wild!

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